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  • Summary: The debut release for the 19-year-old British pop singer features guest appearances by Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, and Pharrell.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 75
    The R&B upstart's debut is promising. [18 Jan 2013, p.77]
  2. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    This is a credible collection of electronic RnB tracks that owes a greater debt to another, more grown-up Justin.
  3. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Those who have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for Timberlake to return to the music scene could do worse than check out Contrast, which although rather front-loaded, is perhaps the most confident and mature teen pop debut of recent years.
  4. 60
    This is pop by committee, with half-a-dozen writers' credits per song; some identikit urban pop cuts such as Another One ill suit a kid from Brighton.
  5. Dec 5, 2012
    60
    Maynard is clearly being primed to take on Bieber. Hence the ultra-pop, super-slick confections he layers his not altogether unpleasant (but not utterly spellbinding voice all over. [Sep 2012, p.105]
  6. Jan 28, 2013
    60
    Maynard doesn't quite put a personal stamp on catchy, generic tracks like "Animal" or "Can't Say No," or convince as a lothario. Still, the songs are good, and he can sing.
  7. Dec 5, 2012
    60
    If you can't stand top-40 contemporary dance pop, don't bother (and consider not leaving your house for the next couple of years). Listen to Contrast with an open mind, though, and you hear a kid with real talent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 7, 2013
    6
    Com batidas agitadas e grandes parcerias Contrast chegou para concorrer com Belive do astro Teen Justin Bieber, como o primeiro álbum deCom batidas agitadas e grandes parcerias Contrast chegou para concorrer com Belive do astro Teen Justin Bieber, como o primeiro álbum de Conor Maynard não podia se pedir mais do que ele fez.
    Mas tecnicamente um CD mas comercial e talvez isso tire um pouco o brilho do próprio cantor, que vocalmente tem muitas chances de crescer no meio músical. Destaque para: Animal, Better Than You (feat. Rita Ora) e Can't Say No.
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  2. Jan 28, 2013
    0
    I expected more originality. I personally feel disconnected to all most all of the songs. Maynard has been working on this record for alongI expected more originality. I personally feel disconnected to all most all of the songs. Maynard has been working on this record for along time and I expected better songs. Expand