"OK Now (Bonus Track Version)" by Jon McLaughlin on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Any danger of a sophomore slump for contemporary singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin is killed by the contagiously catchy chorus of the opening electro-pop tinged "Beating My Heart." The huge and pristine production by John Fields (Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Lifehouse) lets the song set the stage for a filler-free affair overflowing with uplifting and emotional epics that are sure to show up on various movie soundtracks even years after the album's release. For instance, the airtight Electric Light Orchestra inspired harmonies and sugar coated hooks on "You Can Never Go Back" beg for a remake of Xanadu. And the guitar heavy "Dance Your Life Away" could have been written by Kenny Loggins in the 1980s to accompany lighthearted films that touch on golfing, naval aviation, and/or small Midwestern towns where teenage dancing is outlawed. The tune is a not so much a throwback as it is a deliberate guilty pleasure, but McLaughlin obviously knows this and camps it up for fun. Even slower jams like the doo-wop influenced "We All Need Saving" are infectious enough to make you wonder what he's going to do next.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Any danger of a sophomore slump for contemporary singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin is killed by the contagiously catchy chorus of the opening electro-pop tinged "Beating My Heart." The huge and pristine production by John Fields (Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Lifehouse) lets the song set the stage for a filler-free affair overflowing with uplifting and emotional epics that are sure to show up on various movie soundtracks even years after the album's release. For instance, the airtight Electric Light Orchestra inspired harmonies and sugar coated hooks on "You Can Never Go Back" beg for a remake of Xanadu. And the guitar heavy "Dance Your Life Away" could have been written by Kenny Loggins in the 1980s to accompany lighthearted films that touch on golfing, naval aviation, and/or small Midwestern towns where teenage dancing is outlawed. The tune is a not so much a throwback as it is a deliberate guilty pleasure, but McLaughlin obviously knows this and camps it up for fun. Even slower jams like the doo-wop influenced "We All Need Saving" are infectious enough to make you wonder what he's going to do next.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

289 Ratings

jon rocks!

hannahjog,

this album is amazing! just like the last one!! JON ROCKS!!

SIMPLY AMAZING!

USCGamecock,

Jon is an amazing performer and again uses his amazing talent to WOW us with his next CD. I have been waiting for this CD forever, definitely worth the wait!

About Jon McLaughlin

Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin began taking classical piano lessons at an early age. Though he lost interest in the instrument during high school and was side-lined by an accident that injured both wrists; he rediscovered his talent during senior year and began incorporating his piano skills into soulful pop music. McLaughlin enrolled in the music program at Anderson University, where he studied piano and spent his free time writing songs. Eventually, he won a school competition that allowed him to release his self-titled debut album in 2004.

A follow-up EP, Songs I Wrote and Later Recorded, came out the following year, and McLaughlin was soon given the opportunity to audition for three major labels. One such label, Island, signed him to its roster, which led to the nationwide release of Indiana -- an album that included re-recorded versions of two songs from his first effort -- in 2007. Later that year, McLaughlin's profile received an extra boost when he contributed an Oscar-nominated song, "So Close," to the Disney film Enchanted. He also performed the song during the 2008 Academy Awards Ceremony and used the resulting momentum to drum up support for his third studio album, OK Now.

McLaughlin parted ways with Island after the release of OK Now. In 2011, he rallied with the self-released Forever If Ever. The album gained enough good word of mouth that he wound up with a contract with Razor & Tie, who added a couple of tunes to Forever If Ever and released it under the title Promising Promises. Two years later, the all-new Like Us appeared on Razor & Tie. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Anderson, IN
  • BORN
    1983

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