So speaking of Conor Maynard, here’s an example of why I’m currently hooked on this kid.
I’ve been listening to the 5 songs he has up on Spotify all morning and am deeply considering importing his CD from the UK (something I’ve only ever done previously for one of my all time favorites, Lostprophets) since it doesn’t hit stateside shelves until early January.
Maynard currently has 5 tracks and several remixes up on Spotify, “Vegas Girl,” “Can’t Say No,” “Drowning,” and “Crew Love” and “Turn Around.” The first two are the definite singles of the set, high energy and showcasing Maynard’s mix of sweet and attitude in send-ups to his love of the ladies. Stand out track “Can’t Say No” is a fitting ode to the power women hold over the young artist (featuring the hook “Girls, girls, girls, I just can’t say no. Never see ‘em coming I just watch them go, take control, making me sweat girl, run that show”) emphasizing his age in a charming way while still carrying enough of a vibe to make the song fun and to give some attitude to it. ”Drowning” and “Crew Love” offer more subdued ballads that feature haunting piano and really show off the young artist’s vocal abilities. ”Turn Around,” a collaboration with Ne-Yo shows off the poppier side of Maynard’s music, with an up tempo beat that’s more streamlined and less gritty than his other upbeat tracks.
In the same way that One Direction and the Wanted were a breath of fresh air to the boyband phenomena, Conor Maynard is turning out something new and fun that makes you want to get up and dance. Trust me, I’ve been dancing around my living room all morning. Maynard is toeing the line between hip hop and pop, working with artists such as Ne-Yo and Pharell. While I’m quite picky about Hip Hop/R&B and it’s not generally my thing, Maynard’s music has the infectious catchiness of pop acts while also being backed by some solid beats and great rhythm.
Maynard strikes me as everything right that’s wrong with super processed acts like Justin Beiber that just come off as trying too hard. 19 year old Maynard carries himself and delivers his lines in a way that seems quite natural and works for him, avoiding the “tough guy” try-hard vibe (no heavy-handed tossing around of “Swag” to be found here) of the newer Bieber while also dodging coming off as childish. Maynard’s lyrics and mood are just right for his age, a little edgy but still believable. Maynard also has a decent vocal range and knows when to use it, mixing it up without seeming like he’s trying to show off.
If you’re looking for a musical pick-me-up or just something to get up and moving to, Conor Maynard fits the order pretty perfectly.
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