David Guetta, 'Nothing But the Beat' (Astralwerks/Capitol)

Nothing But the Beat
Critical Mass
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol

by Kevin O'Donnell

Max Martin and Dr. Luke ?seduce pop haters with Britney's and Katy's Euro-disco chart-toppers, but David Guetta wants to bludgeon cynics into submission. The French DJ's first album since becoming the biggest party-starter on the planet is a 12-track hit parade of monster club ?anthems -- turning such egos as will.i.am, Usher, and Nicki Minaj into unrecognizable studio playthings, particularly during Minaj's wild diva turn on "Where Them Girls At." Guetta can't match the inexhaustible bliss of his Kelly Rowland–aided 2009 disco smash "When Love Takes Over," but he can make 50 Cent seem like an edgy Daft Punk fanboy, which is not an insubstantial trick.

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