Top critical review
on 30 August 2012
The lead single for this album 'Can't Say No', was a very ideal choice. With it's dark and bouncy beat, there was nothing else really like it in the charts. However, the follow up single, 'Vegas Girl', I thought was disappointing. It just felt like a dumbed down version of it's predecessor, just to make it more appealing and more relevant to the majority of modern music. But, the worst thing is, these two songs are the best on the album.
The first two tracks, 'Animal' and 'Turn Around', are alright. Animal, unlike the rest of the album, is pretty catchy, but the lyrics I have heard 1000 times before. Turn Around is also pretty catchy, but that's it. The meaning, I couldn't care less about, and the appearance of Ne-Yo, ditto.
The rest of the songs are bland, forgettable filler pop songs. Apart from one...
'Mary Go Round' is the album's absolute low point. It's one of those songs people praise for being "different" or "unique", regardless of it's quality. The lyrics, again, I have heard 1000 times before, but it's the strange 'Looney Tunes' style sound effects, and the bizarre melodies that make this song one of the worst I've heard all year. It's not really bland or forgettable, but for all the wrong reasons.
After 1 and a half listens, Contrast was deleted from my MP3 Player to make way for the far better 'From The Roots Up' by Delilah. And no, I won't 'warm to it' after a few listens, it just bores me, and I just can't wait for it to end so I can put on something better. Instead of 'Contrast', I can recommend...well, pretty much any pop album released in the last decade or so.