Review: Jon McLaughlin, ‘OK Now’

Jon McLaughlin, ‘OK Now’: Aidin Vaziri | The morning after Jon McLaughlin performed a song from the Disney movie “Enchanted” at the Oscars, sales of his first album, “Indiana,” jumped 1,514 percent on Amazon.com. Determined not to lose any of those 1,514 newfound fans, the pinup-worthy Midwesterner has recruited a can’t-miss list of producers and co-writers to help out with his follow-up release, including Jason Reeves (Colbie Callait’s “Bubbly”), Brett James (Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel”) and Tricky and The-Dream (Rihanna’s “Umbrella”). Predictably, “OK Now” sounds scientifically engineered for maximum play – not just on the radio and VH1, but in nightclubs, shoe stores, car washes, everywhere. Is it any wonder that the first time you hear tracks such as “Beating My Heart” and “You Can Never Go Back” it actually feels like the millionth?

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