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Paradise by Cody Simpson
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Atlantic Records
We're not going to mention that other cherub-cheeked, adolescent YouTube sensation in this review. After all, Cody Simpson's got his own sweetie-pie soulful pop show going on, in which he's cast as a wholesome Aussie surfer dude. So the title track is, naturally, an exercise in easygoing beachiness and summer breeze similes on which Simpson literally whistles while he works, while "Tears on Your Pillow" works a light dub groove. Our beach baby, meanwhile, charms the ladies with an approach that tempers vintage chivalry (the mother candy "Gentleman") with a pinch of cockiness ("Got Me Good").
Rachel Devitt
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