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Secret
     

The Secret

by Austin Mahone
 

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Austin Mahone's second EP runs eight tracks, clocking in at 27 minutes, which makes it nearly as long as a short LP, but the appropriate nomenclature for this record doesn't really matter. What matters are the songs, largely produced by RedOne -- the producer who broke into the big time via his work with Lady Gaga --

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Austin Mahone's second EP runs eight tracks, clocking in at 27 minutes, which makes it nearly as long as a short LP, but the appropriate nomenclature for this record doesn't really matter. What matters are the songs, largely produced by RedOne -- the producer who broke into the big time via his work with Lady Gaga -- with the exception being the single "MMM Yeah," a cut produced by the Futuristics, a team who had hits with Wiz Khalifa and Flo Rida, but features Pitbull, a frequent collaborator with RedOne so it's of a piece. "MMM Yeah" and its immediate predecessor "Next to You" are the tracks here that channel EDM into pop -- the latter even contains a refrain about a bass kick -- but, like any pop record, the emphasis isn't on the production, which is all about fashion, but the songs, which are catchy and all about the hook. This mean Mahone isn't always at the forefront but he's undeniably a pop idol, cute in a Bieber fashion -- a fact he doesn't disguise and he couldn't, not when he came onto the radar after covering Bieber on YouTube -- but there's a sense that Mahone still yearns for acceptance, a nicety Justin abandoned once he started to rack up hits. Mahone is ready to please, which is why the big dance tunes on Secret -- which is most of the mini-LP -- are cheerful, even candied, and why the ballad "All I Never Need" is sweet; he's eager like a puppy, which is why Secret is so ingratiating.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2014
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602537838356
catalogNumber:
002084202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Austin Mahone   Primary Artist
Tiny Island   Background Vocals,Musician
Fredrik Thomander   Musician
RedOne   Background Vocals,Musician
Trevor Muzzy   Background Vocals
Jesse Molloy   Saxophone
Ben Burgess   Vocals
Björn Djupström   Background Vocals
Karl-Ola S. Kjellholm   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Joker   Background Vocals,Musician
Ameerah A. Roelants   Background Vocals
Jordan Sapp   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lidell Townsell   Composer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Keith Mayberry   Composer
Craig Simpkins   Composer
Tiny Island   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Fredrik Thomander   Composer,Programming,Producer
Lorna Leighton   Art Direction
RedOne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Blumstein   Executive Producer
Rocco Valdes   Executive Producer
Aleena Gibson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Lamar Mahone   Composer
Futuristics   Producer
Armando C. Perez   Composer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams   Executive Producer
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams   Executive Producer
Ian Mercel   Engineer
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Composer
AJ Junior   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Alex Schwartz   Composer,Vocal Producer
Cook Classics   Producer
Björn Djupström   Composer
Jimmy Joker   Composer,Programming,Producer
Joe Khajadourian   Composer
David Abram   Executive Producer
Mika Guillory   Composer
Austin Mahone   Composer,Producer
Ameerah A. Roelants   Composer
William Lobban-Bean   Composer
Jordan Sapp   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Ethan Lowery   Composer
Kevin Högdahl   Composer
Robert Villanueva   Composer
Ian Mercer   Vocal Engineer

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