Contrast - Conor Maynard
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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
    More than anything, what impresses about Contrast is the quality of songs on offer.
  3. 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.
  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
    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.
  6. Jan 28, 2013
    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
    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]

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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
    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.
  2. Jan 28, 2013
    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. Collapse