Depending on your taste, you can thank or blame producer Guetta for the Black Eyed Peas’ ”I Gotta Feeling.” If you’re in the latter camp, skip his new album, One Love, which offers a redundant remix of that tune along with high-gloss grooves ? featuring Akon, Ne-Yo, and others. Most memorable is ”When Love Takes Over,” wherein Coldplay’s ”Clocks” is ? reborn as a showstopper starring Kelly Rowland. B See all of this week’s reviews .
The album title One Love is not only a complete turnaround from David Guetta's usual credo, radio show moniker, and mix album title -- F*** Me I'm Famous! -- it's also a misrepresentation if meant to infer "unity. " This album is more a jumble of tracks than any previous releases from the house producer, with one selection, "I Gotta Feeling," officially a Black Eyed Peas song that Guetta produced. Still, the strength of the material is undeniable, especially the almost trance-like opener, "When Loves Takes Over," which steals a riff from Coldplay and adds the powerful voice of Kelly Rowland to produce a grand, uplifting floor-filler.
It's taken 20 years for David Guetta's name to mean anything outside the dance world, but this summer seems to be his moment. The French house DJ recently had a No 1 single with the fizzy Kelly Rowland collaboration When Love Takes Over, and has another this week with I Gotta Feeling, co-written with the Black Eyed Peas. This album, produced by Guetta and sung by a parade of famous cronies, abounds with upbeat electropop and electro-rap, virtually all of it too catchy for its own good.
French house DJ David Guetta has slowly combined pop elements with big-room club music, and it comes together on his fourth album. Pairing up with Chris Willis, Estelle, Kid Cudi and others makes for impressive variety. Unfortunately, this comes at a price: will.i.am appears three times (on two original tracks and a Black Eyed Peas remix), and his redundancy is a bit unbearable.