The Secret

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537838356
  • Catalog Number: 002084202
  • Sales rank: 8,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Till I Find You (3:00)
  2. 2 Next To You (3:04)
  3. 3 Mmm Yeah (3:51)
  4. 4 Secret (3:18)
  5. 5 Can't Fight This Love (2:46)
  6. 6 All I Ever Need (3:33)
  7. 7 The One I've Waited For (3:39)
  8. 8 Shadow (Acoustic) (3:48)
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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
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
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
The 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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