A confident strut of a debut from the ‘British Bieber’
Teenage lothario Maynard has been pegged with the rather unfortunate ‘British Bieber’ billing. But the tag does the Brighton native a disservice, as it’s another Justin that the choicer moments of ‘Contrasts’ call to mind – Timberlake, at his thrusting, braggadocio-laden best. There’s some razor-sharp and achingly ‘now’ production from the Invisible Men (the team behind the undeniably marvellous ‘Can’t Say No’) and some star-studded turns here, the pick being Pharrell Williams’ spot-on ‘Lift Off’. The downside is it’s a couple of tracks too long – ‘Just In Case’ being a slow jam too far – but a confident strut of a debut nonetheless.
Record label: EMI
Release date: 30 Jul, 2012