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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Featuring the talents of actor/musicians Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, MKTO's full-length debut album, 2014's eponymous MKTO, is an exuberant and catchy mix of dancey, hip-hop-infused pop, rock, and R&B. Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein (Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae, Jason Derülo), MKTO showcases the duo's one-two punch style, which usually consists of Oller's resonant vocals backed by Kelly's playful raps. What could end up sounding gimmicky or contrived doesn't, as Kelly (who some may remember as Walt on Lost) and Oller reveal they have enough thoughtful irreverence and technical skill to keep things interesting. MKTO, who met while starring on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Featuring the talents of actor/musicians Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, MKTO's full-length debut album, 2014's eponymous MKTO, is an exuberant and catchy mix of dancey, hip-hop-infused pop, rock, and R&B. Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein (Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae, Jason Derülo), MKTO showcases the duo's one-two punch style, which usually consists of Oller's resonant vocals backed by Kelly's playful raps. What could end up sounding gimmicky or contrived doesn't, as Kelly (who some may remember as Walt on Lost) and Oller reveal they have enough thoughtful irreverence and technical skill to keep things interesting. MKTO, who met while starring on the Nickelodeon's Gigantic, seem at once like slick, major-label teen fodder and loose-cannon goofballs who don't want anyone to tell them what to do. Sometimes, as on the album's flagship anthem "Thank You," it's even unclear as to when the duo is being satirical or earnest. They sing "Yo, this one right here/Is for all the drop-out-of-schoolers/The future cougars/The Mary Jane abusers/The ones that chose to be losers/For all the misfit kids and total outkasts/MKTO, this one's for you/Role models." One assumes the truth lies somewhere in between and that MKTO the album is a smartly produced package that loosely contains the ball of synergistic ADHD talent that is Kelly and Oller. Thankfully, Kiriakou and Goldstein (who either wrote or co-wrote much of the album) know how to craft a catchy pop hook, and cuts like the immediately addictive "Classic" and similarly appealing "Could Be Me" (featuring Ne-Yo) are brightly colored, radio-ready songs that fall somewhere between the über-confident R&B of Justin Timberlake and the soulful pop of Bruno Mars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888430029620
  • Catalog Number: 300296
  • Sales rank: 1,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thank You (3:49)
  2. 2 Classic (2:55)
  3. 3 God Only Knows (3:15)
  4. 4 American Dream (3:45)
  5. 5 Could Be Me (3:30)
  6. 6 Forever Until Tomorrow (3:48)
  7. 7 Wasted (3:05)
  8. 8 Heartbreak Holiday (3:39)
  9. 9 Nowhere (3:10)
  10. 10 No More Second Chances (3:18)
  11. 11 Goodbye Song (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MKTO Primary Artist
Andrew Goldstein Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Emanuel Kiriakou Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rami Yacoub Bass, Background Vocals
Savan Kotecha Background Vocals
David Kelley Background Vocals, Rap
Mariah Britt Choir, Chorus
Joshua Britt Choir, Chorus
Carl Falk Guitar
Summer Davis Choir, Chorus
Malcolm Kelley Background Vocals, Rap
Lydia Bachman Choir, Chorus
Kiana Scott Choir, Chorus
Rennon O'Neal Choir, Chorus
Jessica Ashley Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Oller Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Evan Bogart Background Vocals
Chris Kiriakou Choir, Chorus
Alex Buchman Choir, Chorus
Shafer Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Sam Kiriakou Choir, Chorus
Nathaniel Semsen Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Niko Bolas Engineer
Ed Cherney Piano Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Andrew Goldstein Composer, Programming, Producer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Max Martin Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Lindy Robbins Composer
Rami Yacoub Composer, Programming, Producer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Carl Falk Composer, Programming, Producer
Eric Bellinger Composer, Vocal Producer
Jens Koerkemeier Composer, Producer, Engineer
Brandyn Burnette Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart Executive Producer
Anthony Oller Composer
Evan Bogart Composer
Jessica Karpov Composer
Curtis "Sauce" Williams Engineer
Shafer Smith Composer
Malcolm Kelly Composer
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