Rokstarr - Taio Cruz
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  • Summary: The London-based producer/singer-songwriter who worked with such artists as Omar, Sugababes, Cheryl Cole, Kesha, McFly, and Kylie Minogue releases his second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Rokstarr bounces to a beat that feels fresh and vibrant.
  2. Up-tempo club jams like "Break Your Heart," "Dynamite," and "I Can Be" sport melodies sturdy enough to support all the digital detailing, and power ballads such as "I'll Never Love Again" and "Falling in Love" do the gathering-steam thing as efficiently as more traditionally presented songs by Diane Warren or Kara DioGuardi.
  3. On his second album, Rokstarr, British pop-soul artist Taio Cruz croons about the highs and lows of love over a wide variety of electronic-influenced beats.
  4. The only song of equal caliber to [''Break Your Heart"] on his Stateside debut is the Ke$ha-assisted sexting number ''Dirty Picture.'' The rest of the tracks are forgettable and include a cut for throwing hands in the air (''Dynamite'') and one awkwardly placed effort to uplift (''I Can Be'').
  5. Break off a single or two and leave the rest for aspiring producers to study.
  6. As an artist himself, he's proficient but generic.
  7. You can forgive Cruz for wondering who he's meant to be for his second album, but we're less indulgent of such wishy-washy nonsense that "Rokstarr" puts across in the name of heartfelt R&B.

See all 11 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Aug 12, 2013
    The songs are good, but no songs really stick. Like "Break Your Heart". You like the song at first, but you can't stand it a month later when it's still number one on the charts. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2012
    Cruz's first effort falls flat when it comes to make him an artist to notice. It is a very impersonal album, created to achieve temporal success single-wise ("Break Your Heart", "Dynamite), but it is incapable of maintaining its mainstream appeal during the whole record., becoming just a boring and unattractive list of simple tracks.

    Highlights: Dynamite, Higher, Break Your Heart
  3. Feb 12, 2011
    Tail Cruz's debut solo album is a collection of horrible, cheesy pop dongs. I strongly recommend against it. Especially that uber-annoying "Break Your Heart" song. He needs to just stick with producing. Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2012
    This album made me cry, what ever happened to REAL pop?! Not this horse **** made for money. It lacks in substance, made from repetitive lyrics, lame plastic beats- you know what? This **** storm doesn't deserve such an in depth review. Expand