Ready for the Weekend is the second studio album by Scottish recording artist Calvin Harris. It was released in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2009 by Columbia Records. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
Harris had been working on the album since the release of his debut album, I Created Disco, with the first tracks being recorded in 2008. On 3 April 2008, Harris stated that the only existing copy of his then-upcoming album was lost when his laptop was misplaced during the baggage handling problems at the opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5. He later stated on the BBC's Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage that he got his baggage back including the album within a few days. However, Harris ultimately admitted that this was a lie as the album was not in his luggage at all, and that he hoped that what he said would give him more time to finish recording the album.
"Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La" was used in a Coca-Cola advertisement in the summer of 2009.
One almost pities the dichotomy that is Calvin Harris: on one hand a wannabe Serious, Credible Artist, but on the other a purveyor of massively popular synth lines piled high on towers of cheese and handbags. Almost, because both hits featured here topped the singles chart. However this album is received, he’s not likely to be short of a few bob anytime soon.
The Dumfries-born songwriter ”“ real name Adam Wiles (why change from Adam to Calvin, really?) ”“ most recently hit pay dirt with I’m Not Alone, a track described by the man himself as a “stadium dance tune”. He’s not wrong: once its transition from sombre lyric and acoustic strum to massive big beats is complete, it’s easy to visualise thousands of people absolutely losing their minds to it. The problem is that these people would act the same way if the artist in front of them were TiÃ«sto. Or Scooter. Or even Basshunter. Puke.
That’s not to say that Harris’ tunes appeal exclusively to a lowest common denominator type of dance music fan, more that this album will most likely be picked up by those who get their music from supermarkets: you’ve heard it on the radio; it’s there, right next to the discounted baked goods; you buy it. Actually, that’s unfair, as there are moments on this second album ”“ his first, 2007’s I Created Disco, spawned the zeitgeist-predicting single Acceptable in the 80s (oh, we laughed then, but with hindsight he called it) ”“ which are pleasantly throwaway, almost in the Groovejet league of package-holiday melodic escapism.
Ready for the Weekend ”“ rightly another single ”“ borders on glorious when its chorus hits, the vocals of Mary Pearce cutting through an impressively catchy instrumental. Dance Wiv Me, number one last summer, is included as something of an afterthought, but there’s no denying Harris is its star, not Dizzee Rascal. Without the Scot’s delicious 8-bit sleaze-beat and contrast-adding monotone vocals, it’s simply a recollection of a young man’s horniness down Notting Hill Arts Club on a Thursday night.
Piano-led closer 5iliconeator presents a different side to Harris, flying close to the textural ambience of Air. It’s a sign that, occasionally, there’s a heart to these often cold, calculated arrangements. But until Adam ”“ sorry, Calvin ”“ opens up a little more, he’ll never attract the ears of the more discerning bass-head. Just the ‘hunters. User Comments