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Album review: David Guetta's 'One Love'

August 24, 2009 |  6:18 pm
GUETTA_240_ Though he's logged plenty of time on European pop charts over the last few years, French electro-house maven David Guetta hasn't really established an American fan base beyond the confines of the club. That could change this year: Two advance singles from "One Love," Guetta's fourth studio album, already have broken onto Billboard's Hot 100, while "I Gotta Feeling," the Black Eyed Peas track he produced, just scored its eighth consecutive week atop that tally.

"One Love" certainly comes stocked with a roster ripe for a mainstream crossover: Akon, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi and Kelly Rowland all turn in guest appearances, as do will.i.am and apl.de.ap of the Peas; they return Guetta's favor in "On the Dancefloor," a pulsating disco-rap jam replete with space-station keyboard squiggles. Estelle crops up too, in a dramatic title track that recalls the early-'90s work of Deee-Lite.

Guetta is at his best (and his most commercial) when he's equipped with a melody as chewy as his beats. "When Loves Takes Over," with Rowland, works beautifully as a cheesy synth-pop makeover of Coldplay's "Clocks." Unfortunately, he whiffs on a perfect opportunity for a tuneful techno-soul bomb in "Choose," his strangely flat Ne-Yo collaboration.

For the most part, though, Guetta knows what he's doing here. Bring America to the club? Nah. He'll bring the club to America.

-- Mikael Wood

David Guetta
"One Love"
Three stars