‘Wild Ones’ Flo Rida
Flo Rida has never been the main attraction on his own records: Hes best known for his collaborations with other artists. His first hit, Low, co-starred T-Pain, and subsequent ones like In the Ayer featuring will.i.am and Right Round with Ke$ha should have been an indication of the extent of his range, which is pretty limited.
On his new nine-track album, Wild Ones, he takes even more of a back seat than usual. But thats not the only problem: some of the tracks contain elements of various songs, making the album sound like something youve heard before – many times.
Wild Ones sounds like it accidentally ingested beats from David Guetta or Pitbull; its a confused mesh of rock, rap and dance music. Not even the J. Lo-assisted Sweet Spot stands out from the crowd of diluted European dance sounds. The title track is somewhat enjoyable, but thats thanks to Sias performance on its hook. Whistle, the albums third single, is slightly danceable, but the metaphor it presents for dark corner activity doesnt even come close to the catchiness of 50 Cents Candy Shop, a gem of sexual innuendo.
The albums worst offender is the international hit Good Feeling. It samples Etta James Somethings Got a Hold on Me – but its sonically identical to the dance jam Levels by Swedish DJ-producer Avicii.