Contrast - Conor Maynard
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. The downside is it's a couple of tracks too long--'Just In Case' being a slow jam too far--but a confident strut of a debut nonetheless.
  5. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    More than anything, what impresses about Contrast is the quality of songs on offer.
  6. Dec 5, 2012
    60
    Most of the tracks here, with their wide-eyed appreciation of "beautiful girlies" would fit on a Bieber album. But you get the feeling he's striving for more.
  7. 75
    The R&B upstart's debut is promising. [18 Jan 2013, p.77]
  8. 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.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    This is a credible collection of electronic RnB tracks that owes a greater debt to another, more grown-up Justin.
  10. 60
    His quest to bring sexy back to Britain founders amid gauche come-ons ("Your aura/ It's so shiny") and strained emoting.
  11. 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.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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 along time and I expected better songs. Full Review »
  2. 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 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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