The Bottom Line
"It's not about what you've done, it's about what you're doing..." That's the buzz line for the latest Calvin Harris dance floor opus, and it will instantly sink into your mind as your feet move in time to the irresistible beats animating another big pop hit for the Scottish artist-producer. This is unmistakably his work, but the deceptively simple, catchy melody gives "Let's Go" its own identity in the Calvin Harris repertoire.
- Ne-Yo's honey sweet vocals
- Calvin Harris' wash of happy beats and synths
- Compelling lyrical point of view
- Strong similarity to previous songs
- Written by Adam Wiles and Shaffer Smith
- Produced by Calvin Harris
- Released May 2012 by Ultra
Guide Review - Calvin Harris - "Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo
The single version of Calvin Harris' new pop and dance hit "Let's Go!" wastes no time in getting to the point, a massive beat happy hook. Ne-Yo sings, "Let's Go!," there is a signature build up to his second exclamation of "Let's Go!" and the keyboards take over sending everyone into dance ecstasy. Pop music today is clogged with an abundance of dance pop, but Calvin Harris distinguishes himself through generating simple, straightforward songs that always remember that a pop song is nothing without a massive, memorable hook.
Ne-Yo's vocals glide and weave through the mix in pleasing fashion. He was the secret weapon on last year's huge hit "Give Me Everything" from Pitbull and here his honey sweet voice carries the day once again. Ne-Yo's voice is distinctive, but it is never so idiosyncratic that it detracts from the all important beats and washes of synthesizer.
Lyrically, "Let's Go!" carries a forward looking message that will unite the dancing crowds. Whatever has happened in the past is unimportant. The most important is what is going on now and in the future. The message may be simple, but it is powerful as well. Calvin Harris is clearly on a hot streak, and he is making very few missteps on the way to his status of one of the world's top dance-pop producers and artists.