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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Conor Maynard and other young adult male musicians compare with their insanely popular peer, Justin Bieber.
What do you like about Maynard's music that's missing from Bieber's songs, and vice versa?