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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Scottish DJ/EDM producer features guest appearances from All About She, Big Sean, Ellie Goulding, Haim, Theo Hutchcraft of Hurts, John Newman, Gwen Stefani, and Tinashe.
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When I met you in the summer To my heartbeat sound We fell in love As the leaves turned brown And we could be together, baby As long as skies are... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 75
    His largely straight-ahead approach will rankle EDM devotees who are searching for boundary-busting beats, but he's taking his chances with the most unpredictable technology of all: the human voice.
  2. Nov 6, 2014
    60
    The big pop hooks and breakdowns are here, but there is little sense of Harris’s personality.
  3. Nov 4, 2014
    60
    Despite a few bright moments, Motion is disappointingly bland--especially since Harris has made plenty of memorable electro-pop before and after his EDM makeover.
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    60
    Ultimately, Motion is somewhat of a scattered album with some shining moments.
  5. 50
    The presence of those strong women [Gwen Stefani and Haim] does wonders for Harris’ amped-up music. They bring out the man, not the meathead, in the machine.
  6. Nov 5, 2014
    50
    Harris is updating his EDM template rather than coming close to reimagining it.
  7. Nov 4, 2014
    40
    Regrettably, such ear candy [like "Blame"] is few and far between.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 21, 2018
    10
    With his previous album calvin showed that he was in what was to stay and with Motion tells us that he is one of the best existing djs. AWith his previous album calvin showed that he was in what was to stay and with Motion tells us that he is one of the best existing djs. A perfect electronic album, a masterpiece of EDM. It is enjoyable, enjoyable, danceable and if that were not enough you will also find a couple of interesting lyrics. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    melhor dj do mundo né gente vai pa merda pq esse album tá topado assim como clarity do zedd vei to digitando a toa 3 vezes pq n atingiu 150melhor dj do mundo né gente vai pa merda pq esse album tá topado assim como clarity do zedd vei to digitando a toa 3 vezes pq n atingiu 150 caracteres vai p puta q te pariu Expand
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    9
    I remember hearing the theme Outside at a road cafeteria, that rhythm which moves countless sensations, with Ellie Goulding's particularI remember hearing the theme Outside at a road cafeteria, that rhythm which moves countless sensations, with Ellie Goulding's particular voice, while I was watching a group of people chatting to each other, the lovely shop decoration, and the vast fields through the windows, and I got to appreciate that beautiful moment. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2014
    8
    Calvin continues to do what he knows best. It is great to see him collaborating with other producers including Alesso, Ummet Ozcan, R3HAB andCalvin continues to do what he knows best. It is great to see him collaborating with other producers including Alesso, Ummet Ozcan, R3HAB and Firebeatz to create something truly amazing. The collaborations with the guest vocalists are great as usual because Calvin creates a sound that will work for the featured artists that can work exceptionally well with their vocals. Also, it is great to hear Calvin sing on the opening track 'Faith', it works well for his voice. It is good to see him taking risks production wise because he went back to his roots on 'Slow Acid' which is a departure from his usual sound but fans from the 'I Created Disco' era would recognise that instantly. This continues to show that he is a versatile producer, songwriter and singer and definitely not a 'sellout' or a one trick pony which some people would bash on him. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2015
    7
    PT (BR): Inicialmente, eu não tive desejo algum em ouvir o projeto 'Motion'. Achava eu não ter curiosidade por algum qualquer álbum dele atéPT (BR): Inicialmente, eu não tive desejo algum em ouvir o projeto 'Motion'. Achava eu não ter curiosidade por algum qualquer álbum dele até que me propus a ouvir seu mais recente single 'Pray To God' em parceria com a banda HAIM. Eu não tive palavras para definir o quanto aquilo era de certa forma 'diferente' do seu ponto de vista e conforto, sendo assim, isto me deu coragem a embarcar numa jornada através de mais pérolas como essa no seu trabalho. E Novamente, me encontrei de queixo caído. Eu simplesmente adorei toda aquela melodia eufórica de um modo que nada era tão indiferente á cada canção. 'Under Control', 'Pray To God', 'Open Wide', 'Ecstasy' e 'Together', com certeza na minha opinião foram a supremacia deste álbum. Na minha opinião, nada mais que clara, 'Together' e 'Ecstasy' devem ser as próximas apostas de Calvin quanto a futuros singles. Além da canção 'Love Now', que também é ótima. Um álbum um tanto bom quanto fraco em certos sentidos, porém maravilhoso em outros.
    EN (US): Initially, I did not have any desire to hear the project 'Motion'. I thought I did not have any curiosity for a live album until I set out to hear his latest single 'Pray To God' in partnership with HAIM band. I had no words to define how much it was somehow 'different' from their point of view and comfort, so this gave me the courage to embark on a journey through more gems like this in their work. And again, I found myself blown away. I just loved all that euphoric melody in a way that nothing was as indifferent will each song. 'Under Control', 'Pray To God', 'Open Wide', 'Ecstasy' and 'Together', certainly in my opinion were the supremacy of this album. In my opinion, nothing but clear, 'Together' and 'Ecstasy' should be the next betting Calvin about future singles. In the song 'Love Now', which is also great. An album quite good as weak in some ways, but wonderful in others.
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  6. Nov 14, 2014
    5
    Plotë me karamele vesh , Motion është një tjetër shembull i një album EDM shkuar nuk ka ku . Me ndihmën e shumë artistëve të shfaqur , CalvinPlotë me karamele vesh , Motion është një tjetër shembull i një album EDM shkuar nuk ka ku . Me ndihmën e shumë artistëve të shfaqur , Calvin Harris tërheq një grup të mirë të këngëve për të mbajtur të pushtuar . Duke kërkuar për një LP me një tregim? Shikoni diku tjetër , ose ju do të ndiheni të pakënaqur

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  7. Nov 7, 2014
    3
    While I really enjoyed "I Created Disco," "Ready For The Weekend," and "18 Months," I'm really disappointed by this album.

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    While I really enjoyed "I Created Disco," "Ready For The Weekend," and "18 Months," I'm really disappointed by this album.

    It's not completely without substance - "It Was You" feat. Firebeatz, and "Burnin" feat R3hab stand out as enjoyable tracks. "Together" feat. Gwen Stefani was also reminiscent of older Harris tracks.

    The rest of this album, however, has a certain hackneyed finish to it. Most of the songs are over-compressed, giving the album a "nuked for radio" sound. The majority of the drops sound flat and predictable as a result. There is audible distortion in some of the tracks as well, which is completely unacceptable for an artist of this caliber. "Outside" and "Open Wide" are the biggest examples of audible distortion - the choruses sounds like they were processed through a Boss Metal Zone. This album was the victim of a "loudness war" mix, and an amateur one at that.

    In addition, this album has an all-star line-up, but fails to deliver an all-star product. It's like the 2004 Dream Team or the 2008 Yankees - the mere existence of high caliber talent doesn't make for a championship team. Harris's songs with Alesso, John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Haim, Big Sean, and Gwen Stefani - all great in their own respects - sound more like product extensions than they do artistic collaborations.

    Some of the songs sound a little imitated as well - the syncopated percussive lines in "Dollar Signs" seems to borrow heavily from Martin Garrix's "Animals," and the perfomance from Tinashe that sounds like Rihanna Lite. (Rihanna also had a song about dollar signs, oddly enough.)

    Overall, this majority of this album sounds like a label executive's idea of an electronic music album, more than it sounds like an electronic music album made by one of the best DJs in electronic music. I'm sure it will get plenty of radio spins, and maybe be featured in a few tech product commercials, but that won't make this album any better.

    Sorry to say, but this album isn't Harris's best work. The best we can hope for is that the sales from this album will fuel a more earnest effort in the future.
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