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Contrast

Conor MaynardAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B008MQ6PDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 debut album from the British singer/songwriter. Contrast is a genre-defying blend of innovative R&B, dramatic hip-hop soundscapes, and stadium-scaling pop anthems that manages to be both credibly cool and commercially appealing. The album features collaborations with Ne-Yo, Stargate, Midi Mafia, Frank Ocean, Kevin Rudolf, Sandy Vee, Crada, songwriter Diane Warren, The Invisible Men, and Pharrell Williams.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Contrast August 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This disc is everything that Justin Bieber's new Believe is not: it's fresh,; it's colorful, energetic, and most of all it's not boring. Perhaps the weakest songs on the disc are the single Can't Say No and the following song with Pharrell, Lift Off.

My first impression of Maynard was the similarities I found between him and Michael Jackson--and this was before I read that MJ was one of his heroes. His voice is distinctive enough though you can hear the guys that he has listened to. He's learned from some of the greatest and the best parts of those vocalists are what Conor Maynard brings to your stereo. And the music has so many influences that it may seem like his is an amalgamation of everybody else. But that's NOT a negative. After all, Reese's struck gold when they combined peanut butter with chocolate! This combination of colors keeps this disc from being one dimensional and stale. And the opposite of being unoriginal--since we all are a product of our own unique influences--this blend of shades and shapes makes his art one worth going back to time and again.

It would be hard to mention which are the best tracks since there really isn't anything bad on the disc. A casual pass--if that would happen with this collection--might present the outstanding Animal, Vegas Girl, Mary Go Round, and Take Off with the appropriate closing with Just In Case.

But the real contrast here is that, while it borrows from all the greats of this genre, it doesn't try to be a part of the pack. the radio is full of cookie-cutter fashion and no originality. Most of those are disposable and will give way to the next legion of cookie-cutter heroes waiting to take their place. Maynard, on the other hand, will not be a part of that if this disc is any indication where he's headed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it July 13, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I love every single song from this album. His music is really good. I wish I could sing like him lol way to go conor. ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Contrast March 8, 2013
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I can understand why Neo jumped at the chance to work with this guy. Conor Maynard is the real deal. He's a great singer, and he has a great debut album on his hands. From start to finish, all of the contrasting tracks move rhythmically, vocally, and lyrically. I can't "Animal" or "Pictures" out of my head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contrast February 12, 2013
By Calvin
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This album shows great originality on Conor's behalf and alot of the tracks are catchy and are easy to like. He really is an original artist. I feel as if nobody could have done these songs but him. Good album. Worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contrast - Conor Maynard January 26, 2013
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He's the US version of Justin Bieber, but I dare say a bit more talented! Its a surprisingly good album for a young songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No One's in Contrast with Conor Maynard January 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This cd is the best! If people try to compare Conor to Justin Bieber or anyone else, they are wrong. I love Justin Bieber, I even went to his concert, but he is in no comparison to Conor Maynard. Conor has a better voice and his cd is way better than Justin's.

Contast has maybe two song that I don't really listen to, but all the others I have on repeat.

I love this cd, and can't get enough.
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For those who are quick to compare 20-year old British pop singer Conor Maynard to Justin Bieber, Maynard is quick to dispel that myth, as he rightfully should. 2013's Contrast is not synonymous to Justin Bieber's Believe ultimately. Where Justin Bieber talks about eating fondue and being a girl's 'Buzz Lightyear' on song "Boyfriend", Conor Maynard takes much more leeway, opting for more suggestive fare than Bieber could 'get away with'. Lines like "Girl tear me apart, like an Animal" or "Make her ride it, ride it, Rollercoaster" are far more liberal than what the 15-year old Bieber could have done on 2009's My World. CONTRAST is not perfect, Justin Timberlake 'adorations' or not, but it is a solid pop album to open up 2013.

"Animal" feels 'dirty' from the first note. Sporting hip-hop oriented pop production (synths, drum programming), the cut is sinful. Maynard's vocals are breathy and focused in his lower register on the verses. He rises to the occasion on the refrain singing "You can take, my heart, like a criminal / won't you make, me believe, I'm the only one / So grab me by the neck and don't you ever let go / mess me up, so good, until I'm begging for more / Girl tear me apart, like an animal..." Suggestive and semi-rebellious, "Animal" kickstarts CONTRAST soundly.

Ne-Yo, Conor's mentor guests on the dance-pop "Turn Around".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK at its best December 30, 2012
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Artist for years have come in waves from all over the globe and 2012 was a year for the UK.

I came across Conor by accident when looking for a Rihanna song and found his version of "Love the Way You Lie" on Youtube. Not only was I impressed with his vocals, but how well produced his version was, so I was hooked and had to hear more, and more I heard and the more I was impressed.

Now that Conor is established with a label and touring, he is a must see. Just listen to this album and you will hear not only his originality, but the influences that made Conor the artist he is. Songs like Animal, Lift Off, and Glass girl you can hear Micheal Jackson. Songs like Mary Go Round and Better than you, you can hear *Nsync. Then the songs Vegas Girl, Pictures, and Drowning is all Conor.

I wish he had more airplay in the states, but for those of you curious, you will not be disappointed. This album is fun, fresh and leave you wanting more fom Conor.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ... was not the original it was burned and sounded horrible!
That was not the original it was burned and sounded horrible!
Published 3 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 star!
Published 3 months ago by corinne montgomerie
1.0 out of 5 stars no,no....NO!!!
are you kidding me!? you know his youtube covers are more better than the ep why does this keep happening to good singers!!! connor your your core talent is your slow songs!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by HONDA
4.0 out of 5 stars Got what I wanted
This album has a few great cardio songs, which was the main reason I got it. There are definitely a few songs you'll skip everytime, though.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This is a wonderful album, every song is beautifully crafted. He is a very talented artist. I saw him in concert on June 9th and I just had to get the album. Completely amazing.
Published 16 months ago by Yanne
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM I'VE EVER BOUGHT.
Conor maynard is one of my favorite artists and i bought it at Hastings for about $5.00 cheaper then on Amazin !(:
Published 16 months ago by Raven_Nicole5
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I LOOOOOOOOOOOved it :) It's awesome sauce i love Connor Maynard. This cd is pure perfection i play this cd every morning
Published 18 months ago by janell
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing im speechless
This is the most amazing album ever my all time favorite he is super sexy is songs are on point from begin to end this album is a great buy i listen to it everyday you wont be mad... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tonnyo b
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely AMAZING
I love love love CONOR MAYNARD. His voice is amazing. I love the whole cd. I've been listening to him non-stop for weeks. My Absolute favorite song is Lift Off ft. Pharrell. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amzayn
Ammmazayn loving the songs... American Fannnn right her. I love Connor Maynard... I like galss girl the best though I don't know why just do.
Published 21 months ago by c.hitts
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