You know, the idea of dance and country co-existing on the same album - nay, the same tracks - may seem awful, but Avicii makes it work.
The 24-year-old Swedish DJ is not just another guy cashing in on the increasingly watered-down, cheesy electronic dance music (EDM) scene.
Instead of gathering a bunch of big names and voices over big beats (ahem, Calvin Harris and David Guetta), he opts for songs built from scratch, with some cool cats like Nile Rodgers (who also collaborated with Daft Punk recently), Incubus' Mike Einziger and Sterling Fox (who produced Lana Del Rey's mega-hit Video Games).
The result is a dance album that is both entertaining and interesting, from the big chorus of tracks like You Wake Me to the bluesy Shame On Me.
EDM may not be going away for a while yet, but I don't mind it that much if Avicii's part of the game.
Formats: CD, digital
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