Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #770 / 911
User Score
Based on 798 ratings
2017 Ratings: #413
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal, and fun Harris makes it all feel.

83
Consequence of Sound

Funk Wav Bounces isn’t the kind of album that’s going to change the conversation in pop music, but it doesn’t want to. All it wants to do is sit by the pool, release, let go, and have a good time. In a world where release is starting to feel like an incomprehensible luxury, there’s something very real to admire about that.

80
NME
‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ is a triumph; a good-time album of wall-to-wall hits with a carefree, funky tropical feel and more than enough cool points to see him embraced by the hipster crowd as well as holding on to the pop kids.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

Though the sun sets on Funk Wav, you’re left with memories of a day well spent, and happy to know it’ll be there for you tomorrow.

75
A.V. Club
Full of island affectations, soft-rock gloss, and chintzy good-life strings, it is, at last, the sort of fun you don’t have to feel bad about the next day. Karmically, Harris owes us another decade of albums this good.
70
PopMatters

Funk Wav Bounces manages to avoid the stench of corporate contrivances and instead offers a laid-back experience that evokes hanging out with your friends.

67
Pitchfork
Neither reinventing pop nor changing the course of dance music, it’s a vacation of an album that doubles as the producer’s own stopgap until his next wave comes along.
67
Paste

Even if the tracks sometimes come off as a parade of pop stars whose music has little to do with one another, Harris still manages to create a cohesive fusion that transcends genre.

60
The Guardian

For all its starry supporting cast, Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1 doesn’t sound like an album laden with hits.

60
Slant Magazine
By showing little interest in challenging the clichés of men fixated on conquest and status symbols and women focused on “feels,” Harris undermines what could have been an inspired creative reinvention.
60
Prefix

Having assembled such an impressive and extensive list of star names (an astonishing 21 different guests are credited here), it’s a little disappointing that Harris soon runs out of ideas to best utilize them.

60
The Observer

While Funk Wav Bounces hits all the right notes, Harris strains to maintain the relaxed vibe.

20
The Independent
In many ways, it’s a typical contacts-book R&B exercise, with an impressive cast of guests (including Frank, Pharrell, Snoop, Nicki, Katy, Ariana and others) on a fairly underwhelming series of grooves.
scorpi
81

I am fully aware that I have the dancing capabilities of the person that my profile makes very clear I despise but holy shit, this album might make me bust some legendary shit.

ChildishBambino
80

Nah fr tho this is the best summer album ever. I rediscover this beauty every year after forgetting how much I love it over winter.

TomBejoy
85

This is one of my favorite feel-good records of the decade. See there's nothing bad on here, save for maybe an artist using an excess of autotune the wrong way. There are proper openers and closers to every song. There's awkward construction, like Cash Out, which gets a good SchoolboyQ verse, a PND hook, and a chill outro from DRAM. Calvin's production is nothing groundbreaking, but it's his most candid, cohesive and complete record that solidifies his viability as a producer.

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65

Really wish I had heard this album back when it dropped, seeing part 2 out I decided to check this out. Wasn’t bad for sure, but the whole summer vibe for music isn’t really for me. Was so happy to hear another beautiful thugger girls style young thug song.

Macks
70

It should be obvious, but in case you didn't know...

..this is F U N K Y

MV33
88

summer the album

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Added on: May 9, 2017