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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B007X27M72
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Animal
2. Turn Around (feat. Ne - Yo)
3. Vegas Girl
4. Can't Say No
5. Lift Off
6. Mary Go Round
7. Take Off
8. Better Than You (feat. Rita Ora)
9. Another One
10. Pictures
11. Glass Girl
12. Just in Case

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The debut album from Conor Maynard, Contrast is co-written and produced by the Brighton singer, along with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Ne-Yo, Midi Mafia, Stargate and Frank Ocean. Also involved are UK producers the Invisible Men; the trio behind hits for Jessie J (Laserlight, Do It Like A Dude) and DJ Fresh (Hot Right Now).

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Girls love him, even though he can't need to shave more than twice a week. And he got his break by posting cover versions on YouTube. But still, British pop upstart Conor Maynard really hates being compared to Justin Bieber.

Listening to his debut album, it's clear Maynard has a point. This is a credible collection of electronic RnB tracks that owes a greater debt to another, more grown-up Justin: the one pop lost to Hollywood. It's derivative, but in the best possible way; Maynard's songs do a good job of incorporating current dance and urban trends into some very catchy pop tunes.

Actually, Contrast has class too: there are a couple of contributions from Pharrell Williams, while Frank Ocean co-writes a track called Pictures that has a very Frank Ocean sentiment: "We didn't make love, we celebrated its invention." Best of all, there's only generic club banger, and it's a reasonably cheese-free affair.

The artists Maynard used to cover from his Brighton bedroom remain an influence on him: Contrast has moments that recall Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Usher, while his producers are particularly fond of the dancehall drum sounds used on recent Rihanna hits. But it's clearly Timberlake who's the touchstone; his presence is felt every time Maynard breaks into falsetto. Meanwhile, a song called Glass Girl is essentially an attempt to rewrite JT's Cry Me a River for the dubstep generation. Like most of the album, it works.

However, Maynard does enough here to seem like his own man (albeit a man who'd need ID to order a shandy). Like any 19-year-old, he's obsessed with those "girls, girls, girls" that he sings about on his debut single, Can't Say No. And like any 19-year-old, he's slightly less smooth with the ladies than George Clooney. One song contains a request to "peel my banana" that has nothing to do with getting his five a day.

But he's charming with it – because as slick as his music is, Maynard can still be a gauche British lad. The second verse of Another One is a case of point: would either Justin try rhyming "nada" and "Prada" with, erm, "Lada"? Would they even know what one is?

--David Katz

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Fowler on 30 July 2012
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Loving this album - and surprised that the 2 singles are by no means the strongest tracks on here! kudos to him for not releasing any of the "featuring" tracks, and also bonus points for writing his own material.

This could well be the soundtrack to my Summer 2012 - if it ever arrives!

"Take Off" - needs to be a single!
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By Emily on 1 April 2014
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Can't remember how I came across this album but its brilliant! Love Conor's voice and the songs are great to sing along to! Cannot wait for the 2nd album (whenever that will be)!
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MY DAUGHTER HAS WANTED THIS CD FOR AGES, NO PROBLEMS VERY GOOD BUY, WELL RECOMENDED TO PERCHASE FROM! ***** :)))))
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I ordered this Cd for my daughter , but kept listening to it myself and will probably order his most recent album.
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By William Ali on 28 Aug 2013
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great cd great artist this is amazing connor matnard is goint to be a huge worldwide star in the next 18 months great singer song writer
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I love this album, it was a really good buy. So i was really pleased with it. It came a couple of days after i ordered it
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By JJ on 20 Jun 2013
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A great debut, like an English version of Justin Timberlake on some of the tracks.
But very catchy & awaiting the follow up cd
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By shad on 7 Jun 2013
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Love the album fantastic singer and artist.Bought at a really goog price.Would recommend to others.Looking forward to his next album.
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