Forget the World

Four years into the game, Dutch house star Afrojack doesn't exactly need an album – he's already a chart-topping producer and one of the world's 10 highest-paid DJs. Maybe that's why his debut feels so unabashedly victorious, with Snoop Dogg, Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn and others chanting lyrics like "I'm 10 feet tall" and "We were born to run." The Springsteen reference is likely no accident: This is an album steeped in the anthemic feel of pop from decades past. But anything that's not glowing with Afrojack's trademark explosions and monster melodies – like Wiz Khalifa's stoned retread of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" – is a blown opportunity.

From The Archives Issue 1210: June 5, 2014
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