Rokstarr - Taio Cruz
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic 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. There are vapid lyrics to navigate (“Hit the floor cause that’s my plans plans plans plans/I’m wearing all my favorite brands brands brands brands,” on “Dynamite” ), but they don’t disrupt the mood, which is emphatic and rarely sensual: turns out Mr. Cruz has no off switch.
  5. This is an agreeable, singles-going-steady kind of collection that should make for endless radio fodder.
  6. 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'').
  7. Break off a single or two and leave the rest for aspiring producers to study.
  8. As an artist himself, he's proficient but generic.
  9. Cruz's singing lacks personality, and Rokstarr is ultimately a collection of decent, but generic, Eurodisco tracks without a star--"rok" or otherwise--to hold a listener's interest.
  10. Although Cruz’s downfall comes when he acts the player (‘Break Your Heart’, ‘Dirty Picture’), it’s obvious his real talent comes when he exchanges vocal manipulation for balladeering as on ‘Falling In Love’, and disregards romantic cynicism for a rather hopeful ‘The 11th Hour’.
  11. 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.
User Score
2.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Feb 12, 2011
    2
    Tail Cruz's debut solo album is a collection of horrible, cheesy pop dongs. I strongly recommend against it. Especially that uber-annoyingTail 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    5
    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 whenThe 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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2012
    0
    This album made me cry, what ever happened to REAL pop?! Not this horse **** made for money. It lacks in substance, made from repetitiveThis 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. Full Review »