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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888430029620
catalogNumber: 300296

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MKTO   Primary Artist
Andrew Goldstein   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Emanuel Kiriakou   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Shaffer Smith   Vocals,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
Sam Kiriakou   Choir, Chorus
Nathaniel Semsen   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Niko Bolas   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Piano Engineer
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
Shaffer Smith   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
Malcolm Kelly   Composer
Nate Blasdell   Composer

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