Welcome! Log in or Register

Nothing But The Beat - David Guetta

  • image
£5.71 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk marketplace See more offers
5 Reviews

Genre: Dance & Electronic / Artist: David Guetta / Double CD / Audio CD released 2011-08-29 at Positiva/Virgin

  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    5 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      22.02.2012 15:58
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      7 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      When Guetta's good he's incomparable but much of this is formulaic

      I can't believe it's ten years since I first heard music created by French DJ/producer David Guetta but my head was turned in 2002 by the song "Love Don't Let Me Go" featuring the vocals of Chris Willis, an American who has gone on to almost become an in-house Guetta vocalist in the intervening period.

      That song revealed Guetta's ability to find a hook and stick with it and also his ability to turn a song into something which can fill a dancefloor. What's always caught my ear about his work is skill in capturing simple emotions in his music and much of it is euphoric and feelgood music which for me anyway, is the heart of dance music.

      Guetta himself comes across as incredibly likeable and accessible. I remember seeing an item on BBC News some years ago which revealed him as a man who used flights to Ibiza to continue the party, something I suspect was a publicity stunt but it's the sort of publicity stunt which brings a smile to the face as you see partygoers dancing to his beats 35,000 feat up while Guetta spins his discs.

      Guetta of course is now a star following the release of "One Love" in 2009. On that album Guetta teamed up with a host of RnB stars and in the process fused dance music with the top selling music genre of RnB, helping to finally bring dance music to the mainstream in America.

      He's taken this a step further with "Nothing But the Beat". I have a huge soft spot for Guetta and much of what he does but there's evidence on this album that while the RnB stuff is commercially successful, it's not guaranteed to be the most credible music on the album.

      ~~The Album~~

      You can't really blame Guetta for sticking to the same formula as he used on "One Love" as it's been a massive success but the opening track on "Nothing But the Beat" is a true stinker and it's not even vaguely representative of what is to come. Featuring Afrojack, Timbaland and Dev, "I Just Wanna F" is stripped down but most definitely not sexy. The electronic backbeat is similar to many I have heard before and the vocals are uninteresting. In fact the only thing which interests me on the song is the clever use of the alphabet in the lyrics.

      Fortunately things do improve and much as I am amazed to say this, it's Akon featuring on the next track which helps. I really am ambivalent about Akon! On "Crank It Up" vocals tally in with the synthesised backing perfectly. Okay it's nowhere near as good as his performance on "Sexy Bitch" but at least the song has the positive vibes I've come to expect from Guetta over the years.

      It's no surprise to see Chris Brown on this album after his outstanding blend of RnB vocals on a dance track with "Beautiful People". "I Can Only Imagine" isn't quite as good as that track but it's still rather good. Lil Wayne features on a rap which I personally find completely superfluous - in fact I'd love to hear a heavy trance remix of this with just Brown's vocals which are excellent and Guetta's made excellent use of harmony here which is only spoiled a little by overuse of auto tune.

      Usually Guetta's production is spot on but I have to take issue with his work on "Night of Your Life" featuring Jennifer Hudson. Hudson is an outstanding vocalist but her voice is too far down the mix on this song. The only reason I can think of for Guetta doing this is the fact Hudson's vocals don't really tally with the song's lyrics which ooze sex appeal - unlike Hudson's voice.

      Guetta's pop sensibilities are more at play on "Repeat" which features Jessie J. It's certainly not the best track I've heard her perform on and unsurprisingly the word which forms the title is perhaps a good description of the song with Guetta making good use of repetition both in the beats and in the lyrics on the song. That's not a bad thing in dance music but it jars a bit with the fact this song has more than just a hint of a pop vibe going on.

      Nicki Minaj features on two songs on the album. She's on the hit single "Where Them Girls At" along with FloRida which is a massive dance track. I must admit I am not a huge fan of Minaj's rap style but my daughter loves her - and let's be honest here this music is aimed at young people, not middle aged women like me. I do like her singing voice however and it works very well on this song. I do struggle with her performance more on "Turn Me On" more however - the pacing is a little slower on this track and it's just not one of those songs you can jump up and down to in the way you can with "Where Them Girls At" although the electro backing is interesting. A shame because when Minaj is as good as she was on "Super Bass" she's certainly worth listening to.

      The strongest three songs on the album are at the end. Standout track is "Titanium" which features the soulful, almost tortured vocals of Sia. The song was initially set to be peformed by Mary J Blige and her version was leaked ahead of the album's release last year. Much as I love Blige's voice, she cannot hold a candle to Sia on the released version. The song is an ode to inner strength and this is Guetta at his very best with music that truly touches the soul. You can hear Mary J Blige's version on YouTube and while technically she hits the notes she doesn't have the emotion in her vocals that Sia has and the song works so much better for that emotion.

      I am a huge admirer of Taio Cruz and "Little Bad Girl" is a wonderful song for his soulful voice with a beat that will get you moving even if you are sitting down. Cruz has a really contagiously enthusiastic tone to his voice when he does uptempo stuff and when you combine this with Guetta's production you have the perfect dance song. Ludacris' rap is equally enthusiastic and the result is the ideal partying song.

      From being a huge admirer of Cruz, I have to say I've never really rated Usher in the past. I've found his vocals to be bland and he's never been able to touch me at all. I have to say perhaps I need to listen to him in more depth as his voice on "Without You" is quite simply amazing. There's a depth to his vocals which I find affecting and touching. The song veers from an almost melancholy tone on the verse to a wonderful euphoria on the chorus. I've got to take my hat off to Guetta for making Usher sound interesting on this wonderful feelgood song.

      The final song on the album is sadly a bit of a let down. "Nothing Really Matters" features will.i.am, who I like as a producer and writer but find his vocals to be weak. That's not really a problem on this song as he's quite far down the mix vocally except when he raps. It's a pity because you would expect one of the first RnB artists to truly embrace dance music to have created something truly special with Guetta but instead it's merely adequate.

      ~~Finally~~

      This is a bit hit and miss - Guetta still has that ability to produce a song that touches you somewhere deep inside but he's achieved the most perfect song on "Nothing But the Beat" by eschewing that RnB sound and using a singer from outwith the RnB scene. Sia easily turns in the most impressive vocal performance on the album although I do have to say Usher runs her a not too distant second.

      Overall "Nothing But the Beat" is Guetta's nod at the commercial side of the music industry and while I am not going to knock him for that, creatively speaking it lacks something due to the profusion of songs which blend RnB with his dance sound.

      For me when Guetta works best he tallies up the desire to dance with something far more meaningful, whether that be a lyric which can raise your spirits, a riff which makes you want to cry or a simple sound which makes you feel joyous. He's only managed to do that with a couple of tracks on "Nothing But the Beat" with the rest being, to my mind anyway, a mixture of the adequate and the average.

      In conclusion unless you love RnB music I'd recommend you download the singles - certainly if you had only heard "Titanium" or "Without You" and were expecting more of the same I'm afraid you'd be disappointed.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        23.01.2012 16:28
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        An awesome album from a true musical genius!

        Being the typical British man I am... I have to say I am not the biggest fan of the French, however David Guetta is the French's gift to the musical world, and what a gift it is! So a little about David to kick us off!

        As you can probably guess by now David Guetta is indeed French, he was born in Paris on 7th November 1967, his full name is Pierre David Guetta, I was pretty surprised to hear myself that he has been active since 1884 realeasing a few singles here and there... But his first major hit was his single "Just a Little More Love" in 2001. (source of info: Wikipedia)

        Since then he has been popping out hit albums and singles galore, however for me Davids fifth studio album "Nothing but the Beat" which made it to Number 1 in the UK Dance Album Chart and a respectable Number 2 in the UK Album Chart... is his best yet! David has collaborated with some incredible artists, just to name drop a few... Tiao Cruz, Usher and will.i.am.

        So the music... This album in my opinion has a tune for every mood, my favourite has to be his collaboration with Usher... Without you, which made it to UK Dance Chart Number 1 and although I personally feel it should have made it to number 1 it reached Number 6 in the UK Singles chart. The album also has his latest realease with up and comer Sia the song Titanium was released early December, I believe that the song was originally written for Mary J Blige, but following the Demo David chose to keep Sia as the main artist and for obvious reasons, she is amazing and I am guessing we can expect to see a little more from her over the forthcoming months, and she will be pleased I'm sure to see that this single reached Number 1 in the UK Dance Chart and a fantastic Number 3 in the UK Singles Chart!

        So David Guetta is famously known for his dance / electro music which each of these songs features, but the addition of the various artists creates such a wonderful mix of sounds which are perfect for every emotion or mood!

        I have this album on my phone which I listen to when on trains and buses etc but I also have the CD in my car, its the perfect music to drive too and I have heard songs from the album played in virtually every night club and pub I have been in.

        Take it from me, if you like your music, if you like a dance or something awesome to drive to, you need this album, plus there are some seriously awesome hidden gems on the album, like most albums some of the best songs are the ones that don't get released mainstream, this album is no exception!

        Thanks again France! You did good here!

        Facts from Wikipedia and Official Charts Company respectively.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        23.01.2012 16:00
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        great album

        David Guetta is a professional DJ and house music producer. Nothing But The Beat is his 5th studio album and was released in August 2011, there are a number of high profile musicians on this album, which makes it more relatable as I normally don't listen to dance or club music, some of the bigger names on this album include tracks from Jessie J, will.i.am, Usher and Nicki Minaj to name a few.

        There are 12 different tracks on this album, here is a list of all the songs:
        1. Where Them Girls At (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
        2. Little Bad Girl (Feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
        3. Turn Me On (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
        4. Sweat (Snopp Dogg Vs. David Guetta) [Remix]
        5. Without You (Feat. Usher)
        6. Nothing Really Matters (Feat. will.i.am)
        7. I Can Only Imagine (Feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)
        8. Crank It Up (Feat. Akon)
        9. I Just Wanna F. (Feat. Timbaland & Dev)
        10. Night Of Your Life (Feat. Jennifer Hudson)
        11. Repeat (Feat. Jessie J)
        12. Titanium (Feat. Sia)

        Favourite Tracks
        Where Them Girls At
        This is a really fun and energetic song about going out and looking for someone to dance and 'have fun' with. The musical track, is done by David Guetta (like all the tracks on this album) and the vocals are put together by Flo RIda and Nicki Minaj, these two artists are from the rap scene and I think that their style really suits the dance music track behind the lyrics. This is my favourite song on the album and it is great to listen to when you are getting ready for a night out.

        Little Bad Girl
        This is a sexier song that features both Tiao Cruz and Ludacris, it has a real cool and sexy feeling to it and is quite fast paced. This song is about meeting a really attractive sexy girl and dancing with her in the club. I really like Tiao Cruz's vocals on this song and also the rap by Ludacris gives the song a really funky feel to it. This is another great song on the album and is really worth a listen.

        Without You
        This song features Usher and is a slower and more emotional song, however the actual music by Guetta has a really energetic feel and a real club vibe to it. This song is about losing someone who you love, and how you can't cope without them. I really like Usher as an artist and think that his voice fits this song perfectly, the song builds in energy as it comes to an end giving it a real epic feel and making it another brilliant song on this album.

        The Rest of the Track
        There are quite a few good songs on this album, however I don't really like the last song Titanium, I just find it rather boring and I normally find myself skipping it when I am listening to this album. There are still quite a few good ones and it is definitely worth a listen to, there is a good balance between fun and sexy songs and slower songs and the album has a nice mix of dance music and pop, rnb and rap style music, which is really funky and easy to listen to. I like to keep this album to listen to before a girly night out dancing as it has a real club music feel to it and gives you a real pumped up feeling. I wouldn't say that I am a big club or dance music fan, but I really like this album and find it surprisingly easy to listen to.

        I bought this album for £9 in HMV just before Halloween, which is quite a good price as I have already got lots of listening out of it. You may be able to get this album cheaper however online if you shop around a bit.

        Overall
        Overall I think that this is a fantastic album, there is a good mix of dance, pop, rnb and rap throughout and it is put together and delivered really well. I really enjoy listening to this album and it has a real 'feel good' vibe to it that makes you want to hit the club and go out dancing. I am not usually a big dance music fan and didn't really like David Guetta's music before, but I really enjoyed this album and feel it reaches a larger audience than just dance lovers. Overall I would give this album 4 out of 5 stars.

        *also on ciao under lorrainek90

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          01.11.2011 01:06
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          3 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A fantastic album from David Guetta.

          === The man ===

          David Guetta, born November 1967, is a French house music producer and DJ. He started out his career working on nightclubs and has been releasing music since 2002 when he released his debut album 'Just A Little More Love' and he is probably most well known for his Kelly Rowland single 'When Love Takes Over' which helped to propel his career and subsequently no doubt helped lead to the album 'Nothing But The Beat' seeing him working with numerous 'stars' such as Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, will.i.am, Timbaland, Dev, Snoop Dogg and many others.

          === The album track list ===

          1. Where Them Girls At (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
          2. Little Bad Girl (Feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
          3. Turn Me On (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
          4. Sweat (Snopp Dogg Vs. David Guetta) [Remix]
          5. Without You (Feat. Usher)
          6. Nothing Really Matters (Feat. will.i.am)
          7. I Can Only Imagine (Feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)
          8. Crank It Up (Feat. Akon)
          9. I Just Wanna F. (Feat. Timbaland & Dev)
          10. Night Of Your Life (Feat. Jennifer Hudson)
          11. Repeat (Feat. Jessie J)
          12. Titanium (Feat. Sia)

          === The music ===

          'Where Them Girls At' kick starts the album off. This is an up tempo club track and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Flo Rida is 'rapping' throughout the album and listing off numerous labels, items and things that an 'It' Girl would have. The lyrics are shallow 'so many boys in here, where do I begin? I see this one, I'm about to go in, then he said I'm here with my friend, he got to thinking and that's when he said where them girls at?'. Not the highest calibre of lyrics I am sure you will agree, however, it works well. Nicki Minaj shows off her vocal talents on this with some fun auto tuning added in to give something a little different to her voice. There is a little electro beat going on during the song and overall it works well as a club track. Definitely one to be shaking it to or even preparing for a night out to.

          'Little Bad Girl' starts with a fantastic electro rift. It draws the attention in from the off and then Taio Cruz kicks off he is singing, giving it some, letting you feel the emotion of the song. The lyrics are basically about a 'Bad Girl' who is shaking it and giving it some! There is an uplifting beat throughout, one that is definitely designed for jumping in the club to. I find that this is the most fantastic song to work out on my cross trainer to, mainly because it gets me motivated, also, I like the lyrics, 'look at her go, on the dance floor, she's amazing, on the dance floor, when she move girl I want more, keep it going girl like I gotta know'. It's a funky song, it makes me want to dance and offers everything that you could want from a dance song.

          'Turn Me On' starts off funky. It has an electro feel to it, before being joined by Nicki Minaj and an even funkier beat. The lyrics are captivating, they are easy to pick me. 'My body needs a hero, come and save me, something tells me you'll know how to save me', it's a fairly good song to croon along to. There are lots of 'oooohs' and almost shouty sections, ideal for jumping around in a nightclub too! The rift and the chorus are repetitive but it works, everything about it works. There are lots of electro bits throughout the song and Nicki Minaj, for the most part, is singing rather than rapping, however, there is one of her 'signature' raps towards the end that gives fans of hers everything that they could want from a song featuring Nicki Minaj. Something weird here I know but I can almost hear someone whistling while listening to the song.

          'Sweat' is Snoop Dogg, all over. This is actually a remix of the clean version of 'Wet' by Snoop Dogg, however, it does contain naughty lyrics too. 'Tell me baby are you wet, I wanna get you wet, tell me baby are you wet?' which really is the kind of lyric that you should expect from a Snoop Dogg song. This remix is fantastic, it's fast, vibrant, funky and definitely brings something a little unique to a Snoop Dogg song. Snoops lyrics have been worked fantastically and he fits in with the electro feel of the music very smoothly. I had to re-listen to the song several times before I could even finish writing about it just because of how intriguing and captivating the song is. This is another song that would be ideal for working out to, it's funky, upbeat and everything about it just makes me want to get moving and work up a Sweat!

          'Without You' is a slightly different feel to the previous songs on this album. Everything about this makes it feel like a true Usher song, there are ballads, crooning lyrics, singing of love, but all the while there is a fantastic dance beat building up, it's building gradually and slowly drawing me in to listening to it and loving it. The lyrics are beautiful in places 'I won't run, I won't fly, I will never make it by, without you, without you, I can't rest, I can't fight, all I need is you, get by without you, withouuuuuut you!'. Before you know it there is this amazing chorus, it's uplifting, fun, invigorating almost and suddenly Usher is involved with a dance song that is actually decent and worth a repeat, or two, or ten!

          'Nothing Really Matters' has will.i.am and his distinctive voice stamped all over it. The feel is a little like something that the Black Eyed Peas could do without being samey like some of their stuff is. The dance feel is all over this track, it's fast, has a good tempo, builds up well and gets you wanting to shake it before you know what is happening. 'Nothing really matters but the beat' sums up the feel of this song. will.i.am does a little singing and a little rapping also, the electro beats work very well with his voice. This is not the strongest track on the album, probably being one of the weaker ones, however, that does not stop this being an amazing song, even if not on par with some of the other stuff on offer on this album.

          'I Can Only Imagine' is funky, it's electro, it's everything else that this album should be. It has good lyrics, a couple of famous people, however, this one just does not work much for me. It is the song that I listen to the least, by far, don't get me wrong, it's an alright song but that's it, alright. It's not bad, mediocre or ear splitting but it just feels a little samey to the usual r&b meets electro that the American charts seem to offer all too much. There is an awesome house rift towards the end of the song but I just cannot bring myself to keep listening through the rest of the song to reach this.

          'Crank It Up' instantly reminds me of some of the house music that I loved back in my teens in the last 90s. Akon has a distinctive voice, much like will.i.am and instantly begins to make a song his own. I think that this is a real club hit in the making, it's got that 'Rolex Sweep' kind of feel to it, there is some dance music, some interesting lyrics and it's a slightly rude song when you listen to the jist of it.

          'I Just Wanna F.' instantly draws me in. This is real dance hall music! Dev is fantastic, Timbaland works well here too, the whole thing just works well. It's fast paced, tries hard to keep the lyrics clean without making at all, mainly because they just wanna F! 'I just wanna F, F, F, you!' sums it all up really. There is some awesome little electro stuff going on here, synthesized almost, it works, it really works. While I usually hate these kind of lyrics, those that are a little bit over the top, really hammering it home about wanting to F someone I do love this song. It probably should be a guilty pleasure really, it's not the best sounding song to others I'm sure but it reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas and I like that. Timbaland is amazing, always will be and that alone was enough to make me give this song a couple of plays until I really felt the beat and the magic of it.

          'Night Of Your Life' features Jennifer Hudson. It's fair to say that she is probably the last name that springs to mind when thinking about house/electro music, however, she really works on this song! Her voice is powerful, amazing, beautiful, it brings something amazing to the song, she is singing for her life here, singing about wanting to be loved until the end of time and the amazing things that can happen if everything is going well and love is being promised. 'If you love me 'til the end of time then I will promise you the night of your life'. This song picks up and decreases in pace incredibly fast, in a different feel to the rest of the album, however, this works incredibly well and really keeps up the electro feel of this album while being totally different at the same time.

          'Repeat' features Jessie J and is another song that really was a welcome bonus to me. I did not spot this song when first purchasing the album and was very surprised to hear Jessie J on this album. Her voice is beautiful, as ever, and this song works well. The lyrics are interesting, there are one or two little expletives that actually serve the song a little purpose and work quite well, blending in with the emotion of the song. The lyrics are meant to be vibrant, funky and uplifting and they definitely work. Jessie has brought something a little different to the album, working well with this genre, and while this probably would not be a number 1 single (although what do I really know?) I would definitely be happy to hear this once a day for the next few months without getting tired of it!

          'Titanium' is the closing song on the album. The opening guitar vibe brings something a little different to this but I can't help feeling like this could be the opening of a remix of a 'Police' song. I am almost waiting for Sting to start up with a little crooning! However, Sia, is the lady that we hear on this song and her voice is harmonious working very well with the song. This song builds up, creeps up on you almost, she is singing her lungs out before you know it and this is a fantastic way to end the album.

          It is fair to say that I love this album. It is rare for me to review an album without finding at least one real weak link, however, while some of these songs are now quite overplayed on commercial radio they are still amazing songs in their own right. There is a real mix of 'modern' artists on this album and each brings something truly wonderful. With the likes of Jessie J and Snoop Dogg gracing this album it is fair to say that it is full of credible performances and each and every one of them works incredibly well together.

          The average selling price of this album is about £9.00 and this is available from most good music stockists.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            18.10.2011 20:36
            Very helpful
            (Rating)

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            I would expect that this could be a number one album in the UK.

            David Guetta died in a car crash... or at least that's what the BBM (Blackberry Messenger) that I, and many others, received said. The rumour went around the world, some probably still believe it today, but it was of course false - well, I hope it was or his upcoming appearance on America's Got Talent should be very interesting. Anyway, if he had died it was to be overshadowed by Amy Winehouse's death, and the fact he was still tweeting somewhat discounted this.

            In a recent review of a Guetta single, I said his fifth studio album would be called 'I Found Love', I posted this review an uncanny few hours before it was announced the album would be Nothing But The Beat along with a track listing that showed off so many huge stars it was a far cry from his earlier, less commercial efforts.
            For those who don't know, Guetta is a 43-year old French producer who has always been moderately successful in his home country. His singles performed averagely in the UK, with his biggest early hit being in 2005 with 'Love Don't Let Me Go'. The huge breakthrough was with 2009's album 'One Love', which spawned the massive summer hit 'When Love Takes Over' featuring the now X-Factor judge, Kelly Rowland. The album also saw international appeal, as 'Sexy B*tch' featuring Akon charted high on the US Billboard. 2009 would certainly be his year, as the Black Eyed Peas hit 'I Gotta Feeling', produced by Guetta, went on to be one of the most successful songs on US Billboard of all time. I think I've told this anecdote a million of times, but the track was originally supposed to be for Guetta himself.

            So he may be one of the most sought after producers in the world, but have all the big names performed?
            Where Them Girls At ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj opens the album and also happens to be the lead single. Whilst Flo Rida may be a usual suspect when it comes to appearing with Guetta, Minaj is a new name on the block. As you may be aware, I am a fan and she is the best thing about the track. From her, "This ain't football, why the f*ck you tryna tackle me?" to her repetitive 'day day, day da day's, which you will find yourself singing along with to the annoyance of people around you. The track may not take many brain cells to enjoy, but that is the flavour of what's to come.

            Little Bad Girl ft. Taio Cruz & Ludacris, the second track on the album and the second single, again attempts to appeal to the masses. I am incredibly disappointed by the track, and although Ludacris' verse is the best thing about it, this track is a bit of a lost cause. Considering at one point Taio was a top British songwriter, it's disappointing to see how quickly he has fallen into American habit's since the success of 'Break Your Heart'. Everything about the track is run of the mill, from 'watching her move on the dance floor' to its target audience. An effort to squeeze as many featured artists on the album as possible so far has proved not as successful as the first two singles from 'One Love'.
            Turn Me On ft. Nicki Minaj, and I was surprised how quickly Minaj features on the album again. Clearly the female rapper and French producer must have struck off a good relationship, as two appearances on the album is kind of a big deal. "I'm too young to die, come on and turn me on," hearing Minaj almost singing is close to taking her out of her comfort zone, but she then reverts back to her hip hop roots - but that's not a negative comment, she does it so well. With the recent successful of a more commercial 'Superbass' and now this project under her belt, I feel a change of route for Minaj. One that's going to make her a lot more money.

            Sweat ft. Snoop Dogg is a remix and censored version of 'Wet', which appeared on Snoop's last studio album, 'Doggumentary'. Many will have already heard this and seen the music video, filmed in the Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Whilst the song did have many appearances on music channels, it failed to make much of a chart impact and I see it as more of a promotional track for the album. In fact, when I saw it was on the track listing it reminded me it even existed.
            Without You ft. Usher is undoubtedly one of the main tracks I was looking forward to hearing you, but for anyone expecting 'OMG'... this is not it. It's more of a 'Confessions', if Guetta produced that. This is a three and a half minute love letter, and whilst Usher does love well, I would have expected something more.

            Nothing Really Matters ft. will.i.am and Guetta is really pulling out the big guns as we reach the half waypoint of the album. Only these are the names that have the most to live up to, and probably deliver the least. Will has never really been much of a solo success and left to his own devices here, he doesn't shake off any of the preconceptions people may have about him. From his spoken lyrics to, "In a club, nothing really matters, but the beat."
            I Can Only Imagine ft. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne was always going to be a really interesting one, because whilst Breezy has had great recent success in this genre with 'Yeah x3' and 'Beautiful People', Lil Wayne is a recently released from prison rapper who is not known for his feel good dance music. On the other hand, Weezy is known for trying to push down barriers, with his previous album 'Rebirth' being heavily influenced by rock music. Fortunately, this is one of my favourite tracks on the whole album and with Lil Wayne releasing his new album, 'Tha Carter IV' on the same day as 'Nothing But The Beat', he may have just given Guetta the one up.

            Crank It Up ft. Akon... I think we all knew the Akon appearance was coming, although Akon doesn't seem to have done anything independently for years, he regularly teams up with Guetta. This is not as good as 'Sexy B*tch', but I'm sure there's a market for this song - especially in the States. I can already hear Guetta playing this song every Thursday in Pacha, Ibiza. As the song says, she might not be the guy of your dreams but she may be the one cranking it for you tonight.
            I Just Wanna F ft. Timbaland and Dev really annoys me. From the beat to the repeated, stupid, lyrics. This part of the album might as well be, 'Nothing But Sex References'. Timbaland was popular in 2007, but his sound hasn't moved on at all. He must really be wishing he could replicate what Guetta is doing right now. Dev on the other hand is being touted as one of the next big UK talents, I heard she was discovered by Tinie Tempah. She is beginning to make waves on both sides of the Atlantic, but she's not doing anything for me. JLS 'She Makes Me Wanna' ft. Dev recently topped the UK charts, but that was based on JLS's popularity and not her absurd 'rap' about ice rinks. A failed Nicki Minaj.

            Night of your Life ft. Jennifer Hudson is already drawing comparisons to Rihanna's number one 'Only Girl (in the World)'. I am pleased that Hudson got an opportunity to be on this project, as her recent album hasn't proved very successful. She is undoubtedly a massive talent as she proves here. "Love me, baby treat me right," this is going to be a favourite for many female listeners out there. My only criticism is that they could have easily substituted Hudson with Leona Lewis.
            Repeat ft. Jessie J and here Jessie tries to erase the memories of Taio Cruz and Dev to show what British talent is really capable of. Slightly repetitive and doesn't really get to showcase her vocals, but I would like to see this as a single. Not least to boost Jessie's profile, who has already charted high in the US and hosted Saturday Night Live. "Go out and party like you're not broken hearted."

            Closing the standard edition of the album is the expected third single, and fast emerging (shockingly) as my favourite. Titanium ft. Sia, is hugely unexpected and would be a deserved number one. The Australian's vocals completely wipe the floor with anything we've heard during the album. "You shoot me down, but I won't fall, I am titanium." Given so much hit and miss on the album, a superb note to end on.
            As summer is ending, a lot of people will be reminiscing about their holidays this year, and the music they partied to; a lot of which will sound very similar to what they hear on 'Nothing But The Beat'. I am disappointed that the album doesn't live up to the standards of 'One Love', and wonder if it could perhaps mean a decline of dance music. Much of this album could go down well in Ibiza, but replicating that into chart success is another matter.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
        • Product Details

          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Where Them Girls At - Feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
          2 Little Bad Girl - Feat.Taio Cruz & Ludacris
          3 Turn Me On - Feat. Nicki Minaj
          4 Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta
          5 Without U - Feat. Usher
          6 Nothing Really Matters - Feat. Will.I.Am
          7 I Can Only Imagine - Feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
          8 Crank It Up - Feat. Akon
          9 I Just Wanna F- Feat. Timbaland & Dev
          10 Night Of Your Life - Feat. Jennifer Hudson
          11 Repeat - Feat. Jessie J.
          12 Titanium - Feat. Sia

          Disc #2 Tracklisting
          1 The Alphabeat
          2 Lunar (David Guetta & Afrojack)
          3 Sunshine (David Guetta & Avicii)
          4 Little Bad Girl (Instrumental Edit)
          5 Metro Music
          6 Toy Story
          7 The Future
          8 Dreams
          9 Paris
          10 Glasgow