Contrast

Common Sense Media says

Bieber-like Brit gets a little edgy, references sex.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several of these tracks include iffy relationship messages, like sticking with someone you know treats you badly and trolling for girls in dance clubs.

Positive role models

Some of these negative behaviors reflect the actions of an immature person.

Violence

A few lyrics suggest physical aggression (for example, being clawed like an animal) between romantic partners.

Sex

A handful of songs use terms like "making love" and include a few suggestive lines like "peel my banana."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The album includes a few product and celebrity names, like Prada and Rihanna.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while Contrast isn't the edgiest pop album out there, it's still a far cry from Justin-Bieber clean. In addition to direct sexual references, several of these songs describe tortured romantic relationships and immature behaviors, like going to clubs just to score one-night stands. Though it doesn't include explicit language or graphic substance use and violence, the album is still mature enough that parents of younger kids will want to think twice before allowing them to listen.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

In yet another attempt to capitalize on the global phenomenon that is Justin Bieber, emerging Brit pop artist Conor Maynard has released his debut album, CONTRAST. Just like Bieber's YouTube discovery by R&B superstar Usher, Maynard was discovered after R&B singer Ne-Yo came across his YouTube performances. Maynard went on to win MTV's Brand New for 2012 Award.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Talent-wise, Conor Maynard is skilled enough, with solid pipes that help him carry the 12 tracks on this album. But with megastar Justin Bieber already dominating the current synth-pop market, Maynard really needed to do something to set his music apart -- and he didn't. The end result is a record full of songs that sound a lot like Bieber's yet lack the latter's standout vocals. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Conor Maynard and other young adult male musicians compare with their insanely popular peer, Justin Bieber.

  • What can Maynard, Greyson Chance, Cody Simpson, and similar young men do to distinguish themselves from Bieber, so they don't seem like wannabes?

  • What do you like about Maynard's music that's missing from Bieber's songs, and vice versa?

Music details

Artist:Conor Maynard
Release date:January 8, 2013
Type:Album
Label:EMI
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Contrast was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools