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Album review

David Guetta

‘Nothing but the Beat’

By Ken Capobianco
Globe Correspondent / August 29, 2011

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You might blame or embrace David Guetta, the French superstar DJ/producer, for the influx of fist-pumping electro beats onto the pop charts. Either way, you can’t deny the guy’s influence. It’s odd timing, though, that Guetta has decided to drop one of this year’s best summer-like party records right before Labor Day. The mastermind behind many hits, including Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,’’ doesn’t break new ground on his fourth album. Instead, he brings together many of today’s pop superstars and offers a platform as swooshes, squiggles, and propulsive beats elevate them to club heaven. Some artists add their own flavor and make deep imprints on the songs. Nicki Minaj delivers solid singing on “Turn Me On’’ while doubling down with tricky rhymes for “Where the Girls At,’’ an undeniable smash. Guetta shines when he tailors a track to his collaborator: Usher gets a pulsating, romantic beat; Sia is underlined with a sultry track; and “I Just Want to F,’’ with Timbaland, cleverly echoes Timba’s stuttering production. Lil Wayne and Jennifer Hudson get lost amid big beats, and will.i.am offers clichés. (Out tomorrow)

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