Big Time Rush - Elevate
Record Label: Nick / Columbia
Release Date: November 19, 2011
I know what you're thinking. "Hey, isn't this a TV show?" It sure is! Big Time Rush is the story of four hockey players (Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan) plucked from their team to form a boy band. That's about all you need to know about the show. The only reason this show exists is to sell records (a la The Monkees). The guys from BTR teamed up with some of the best producers in the business including Ryan Tedder, J.R. Rotem, and Emanuel Kiriakou. You'd think that with all of the push behind this band, they'd put out some good tunes, right? Sadly, no. This record makes Katy Perry look like Mariah Carey.
Fans of All Time Low should recognize (and cringe) when they stumble upon the track "No Idea", a restructured version of the track of the same name from ATL's album Dirty Work. The charm of the original song is lost in the BTR version as it drags along with programmed drums and dull vocal harmonies.
I'm determined to find something good about this record so let's just focus on the production of "Superstar". It's not terrible! It sounds like it could be a Chris Brown song. Oh, how I wish it was...
"You're Not Alone"? Perhaps a Saosin cover? No? Okay, nevermind.
More sampling occurs on the track "Windows Down", taking the hook (and pretty much everything else) from Blur's "Song 2". Originally supposed to be used by Ke$ha, the Matt Squire-produced track was later sold to BTR once the demo version for Ke$ha leaked. The reworked song brings nothing new to the table except a terrible dubstep breakdown. Yes, dubstep. It's as bad as it sounds.
The problem with this record is the fact that once you take away the good looks and manufactured wardrobes of BTR, all you're left with are the lackluster vocals, which leave a lot to be desired. None of them are very good singers and the overuse of auto tune runs rampant throughout. Often, their voices are so buried under the slick production that you start to feel like you're listening to robots. More like "Big Time Robots", am I right? Unfortunately, I think I am.