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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for Scottish electronic producer Calvin Harris features guest appearances 6LACK, 21 Savage, Busta Rhymes, Chlöe, Donae'o, Halsey, Latto, Coi Leray, Lil Durk, Dua Lipa, Normani, Offset, Pusha T, Charlie Puth, Shenseea, Jorja Smith, Snoop Dogg, Stefflon Don, SwaeThe sixth full-length release for Scottish electronic producer Calvin Harris features guest appearances 6LACK, 21 Savage, Busta Rhymes, Chlöe, Donae'o, Halsey, Latto, Coi Leray, Lil Durk, Dua Lipa, Normani, Offset, Pusha T, Charlie Puth, Shenseea, Jorja Smith, Snoop Dogg, Stefflon Don, Swae Lee, Justin Timberlake, Tinashe, Pharrell Williams, and Young Thug. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. New Musical Express (NME)
    Aug 5, 2022
    80
    On ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’, the producer meshes a wistful grab-bag of influences – nu-disco, funk, boogie, soul – with his skill for creating a mega-watt pop-hit, taking listeners on a journey on a psychedelic trip you won’t want to end.
  2. Rolling Stone
    Aug 5, 2022
    70
    It’s a fine wind-down album, one that can be put on shuffle at the end of a long-summer-night bacchanal, when revelers reach that point where they’re too tired to do anything but bask in the glow of the blowout they just threw.
  3. The Line of Best Fit
    Aug 11, 2022
    70
    Whilst the orange glow of sunsets and Aperol Spritz’ are in full swing, it’s a record made exclusively for these moments.
  4. The Telegraph (UK)
    Aug 5, 2022
    60
    A hazy collection of groove-driven vocal tracks featuring singers and rappers.
  5. Pitchfork
    Aug 10, 2022
    52
    Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 simply demonstrates competence. Harris may say that this album is powered by fuck-you juice; it is as threatening as an Erewhon smoothie.
  6. musicOMH.com
    Aug 11, 2022
    50
    The sense of a missed opportunity lingers.
  7. The Guardian
    Aug 5, 2022
    40
    The issue is that none of the songs that all this gorgeous production whirls around are actually any good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 6, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best album of the king of electropop… The instruments are the master piece, definitely genius! Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2022
    10
    This is Calvin Harris at his peak!! I can literally hear the summertime being pumped out through my headphones listening to this.
  3. Aug 5, 2022
    6
    The album starts off rocky but picks itself up for Woman of the Year, Obsessed, and New to You, with Stay with Me being another highlight. TheThe album starts off rocky but picks itself up for Woman of the Year, Obsessed, and New to You, with Stay with Me being another highlight. The rest of the tracks just all feel the same. It's a calm album with some good songs, but so many of them fall flat because of similar sounds. I also think there's a bit too much rap for my taste, but that's more preference than criticism. Expand
  4. Aug 12, 2022
    6
    Calvin Harris is good at singles and terrible with albums. FWB vol. 2 is better than vol. 1, but still without fireworks. More funky thanCalvin Harris is good at singles and terrible with albums. FWB vol. 2 is better than vol. 1, but still without fireworks. More funky than first and has three really really really good good tracks - "Obsessed", "New To You" and "Somebody Else". Others are completely unremarkable. It's enough only for 6/10. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2022
    5
    not that bad, the production is great but some songs are not. I love the intro.
  6. Aug 5, 2022
    2
    Nothing really to see here beyond a Dj's attempt to re-captivate an audience that's moved on with lifeless big hitter features. What madeNothing really to see here beyond a Dj's attempt to re-captivate an audience that's moved on with lifeless big hitter features. What made Vol.1 interesting and fun is that it felt diverse, inventive and precise: it knew what it wanted to do . Vol.2 feels like a bad spotify playlist. This is not interesting. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2022
    1
    Calvin Harris has become absorbed by the success of his past work, and now has created a body of work that can be seen as a money-grab. WithCalvin Harris has become absorbed by the success of his past work, and now has created a body of work that can be seen as a money-grab. With big featuring artists and big production, the album unravels to be the same song over and over, but with various singers on each song. What makes the album more mediocre and generic is the lack of creativity and originality in its production and songwriting; like it's all been done before, because it has. Expand

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