Recording information: Blakeslee Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Blueprint Studios, Hollywood, CA; Central Command Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Misty Hill Studios; NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA; SOMD Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Lair; The Mix Room, Burbank, CA; Zena Manor Studios.
Photographer: Michael Muller.
Big Time Rush's third studio album, 2013's 24/Seven, builds nicely upon the Nickelodeon boy band's previous efforts with a handful of catchy, fun-centric pop songs. The album follows up the band's 2011 album Elevate, as well as the group's 2012 feature film debut, Big Time Movie. Showcasing the vocal talents of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson, the album has a brightly positive vibe with songs about hanging out, having fun, and falling in love. Although the band worked with various writer/producers including Damon Sharpe, Matt Squire, Eric Sanicola, and others, the members of BTR also garner more co-writing credits this time out. The result is that tracks like "Get Up," "Run Wild," and "Confetti Falling" have an immediacy and believability that seems directly connected to the guys singing the songs. These are infectious, dance-oriented tunes that touch upon such club-friendly styles as dance-rock, R&B, and, in the case of "Crazy for U," reggae-pop. Whether you're looking for a perfect summer soundtrack or simply an album for hanging out with your friends after school, Big Time Rush's 24/Seven is round the clock fun. ~ Matt Collar