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Calvin Harris, Rihanna 'This Is What You Came For' Review: Pair Follow Up 'We Found Love'

By Ryan Middleton ryan.middleton@musictimes.com | Apr 29, 2016 09:51 AM EDT

Calvin Harris and Rihanna have released their next radio smash "This Is What You Came For." The follow up to 2011's diamond single "We Found Love," meaning it sold over 10 million copies in the United States, "This Is What You Came For" skews closer to the "Blame" DJ's recent hit in "How Deep Is Your Love," but does not leave Rihanna out in the cold without plenty of space to be the pop superstar she is.

The song starts out with Rihanna's vocals and mostly cooing with a soft build that "drops" into a steady house, four-on-the-floor rhythm and deep bass stabs, using Rihanna's voice as the main element for the melody. It doesn't have the soaring, pop radio synths one might expect from these two, but then again this isn't 2011 and a simple revamp of "We Found Love," would be disappointing.

The drop may be a little disappointing for fans upon first listen, but give a second, third or fifth spin and there is an earworm quality to this one that will stick with you for a while. It may not have the lasting power of "We Found Love," but it will dominate the radio all summer.

There have been subtle hints that this collaboration was in the works. Taylor Swift wore a jacket at Coachella with the album artwork on the back. At Coachella she saw her BF Calvin Harris headline with Rihanna as a special guest to sing "We Found Love."

He shared the artwork and a short teaser earlier this week and now the full thing is available to stream and download. Don't be surprised to see this compete with Beyoncé in the coming weeks on the charts.

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