Review of Calvin Harris' album Ready For The Weekend
Calvin Harris is the most unlikeliest of pop figures, being a geeky giant from Dumfries that confesses to have made music on a games consol at the age of 14 means he probably wouldnât get past the first stage of X factor. But what does that matter? Geek is far more interesting than that of conventional pop star and besides Harris possesses the one thing his tedious pop contemporises seriously lack and thatâs quite simply, creative talent. Whether you like him or not, itâs become impossible to deny his ability to write the catchiest of summer hits, and even if you donât admire that quality in music you can always just be grateful that itâs him and not DJ Sammy dominating the manufactured minefield that is the UK singles charts.
It doesnât get a lot more catchier than album opener Rain. With its utterly obscene saxophone intro, you know youâre in for the most hilarious of rides. Seriously! Who opens an album with a saxophone? Itâs these kind of curveballs that make Ready for the Weekend an intriguing listen from start to finish.
Some of the lyrics on Ready for the Weekend are laughable rubbish though and he really shouldnât be able to pull it off âcome and get the dream/ghosts right through the cemeteryâ but somehow he does, because quite frankly they donât matter, theyâre probably below tweeting on his priority list.
There are also the smash hit singles, Ready for the Weekend with its happy go lucky intro and bellowing 90s house anthem chorus âPut on my shoes and Iâm ready for the weekendâ making it about as radio 1 A list as you can get and no doubt destined to feature on a DFS advert in the near future. However itâs with number 1 single Iâm Not Alone that Harris takes the album to its peak, an intelligent and moody creature, it features a rare moment of human emotion with its opening lyrics of âgod I cant do this anymore as many feet walk through the door/Iâm not aloneâ itâs almost touching albeit in a similar vein to when a cyborg cries in Blade Runner, but touching all the same.
Ready for the Weekend is an album packed with potential hit singles, making Calvin Harris a record companies dream come true, some of its material is shamelessly commercial and some of it intelligent and well thought out but one thing that remains consistent throughout is its obvious ambition and thatâs something that can only be admired.