(2011) Rokstarr

Taio Cruz

... read moreOne of those artists where the forward slashes keep coming -- singer/songwriter/producer/label owner/etc. -- Taio Cruz creates futuristic, vibrant, and supremely polished music that’s split so evenly between R&B and pop that you might well call it R&P. Make that R&P with some rap and dance music...

01:12′:20″ 20 Songs

1
Dynamite
Taio Cruz
3:24
2
Break Your Heart
Taio Cruz
3:06
3
Dirty Picture
Taio Cruz
3:40
4
Take Me Back
Taio Cruz
3:11
5
I'll Never Love Again
Taio Cruz
3:49
6
I Can Be
Taio Cruz
3:46
7
No Other One (Remastered)
Taio Cruz
3:38
8
Come On Girl
Taio Cruz
3:33
9
Falling In Love
Taio Cruz
3:33
10
Higher
Taio Cruz
3:08
11
Feel Again (Remastered)
Taio Cruz
3:38
12
She's Like A Star
Taio Cruz
3:38
13
I Just Wanna Know
Taio Cruz
4:02
14
Forever Love
Taio Cruz
4:14
15
Higher
Taio Cruz
3:40
16
Break Your Heart (Agent X Remix)
Taio Cruz
4:24
17
Dynamite (Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit)
Taio Cruz
3:47
18
Higher (Club Junkies Radio Edit)
Taio Cruz
3:18
19
Dirty Picture (Redtop Radio Edit)
Taio Cruz
3:18
20
Telling The World
Taio Cruz
3:33
Released 01 January 2011, ℗ 2011 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

Review

One of those artists where the forward slashes keep coming -- singer/songwriter/producer/label owner/etc. -- Taio Cruz creates futuristic, vibrant, and supremely polished music that’s split so evenly between R&B and pop that you might well call it R&P. Make that R&P with some rap and dance music flavors along with A-list guest stars like Ludacris (the glittering single “Break Your Heart”) and Kesha (the naughty club workout “Dirty Picture”). The hooks are plentiful on Rokstarr and infectious as they come. while as a producer Cruz is the Akon-meets-will.i.am-meets- Xenomania package that radio and record labels have dreamed about. Sounds good, and the album does the whole way through, but lyrics are a sore point and when ballads appear to help round out the effort, Cruz’s Coldplay-big soundscapes just help emphasize how his words are trite. Still, when you let the clichés fade into the background this is a master class in what the mainstream wants for a soundtrack in 2010. Break off a single or two and leave the rest for aspiring producers to study. ~ David Jeffries