Jon Robert

Meant To Be

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In the 2000s, it sometimes seemed that all the bland adult contemporary pop was originating in the American Idol factory. But Jon Robert's Meant to Be was an indication that many aspiring singer/songwriters weren't bothering to compete, at least on that particular talent show. Robert sang in a breathy tenor, expressing breathless emotions in clich├ęs, over tasteful, if toothless, pop/rock arrangements. Not surprisingly, his songs "received multiple placements" (according to a press release) on such MTV soap operas as The Real World and The Hills. It was music meant to accompany shallow, formulaic TV programs, pleasant-sounding but not rewarding close listening. Meant to Be was an album that made Kenny Loggins seem like a heavyweight. (Curiously, the album provided its own karaoke version, repeating every track with Robert's vocals stripped off.)

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