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Scottish super-DJ reaches back into the same old bag of tricks

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Calvin Harris onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch


Musicians have been puzzling for decades over how to follow a career-making, record-breaking LP. With Motion, the successor to 2012's 18 Months and its nine U.K. Top 10 singles, Calvin Harris offers a simple solution: Do it again. Sure, the grime cameos that gave the earlier album some unexpected muscle are gone, and there are some new synth textures – but even here, Harris is updating his EDM template rather than coming close to reimagining it. This isn't necessarily a mistake: "It Was You," "Dollar Signs" and "Summer" are the kind of superglossy, unexceptionally fun tunes that kids will dance to and rebel against in equal numbers. 

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