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Mitchel Musso is Mitchel Musso's self-titled debut studio album that was released on June 2, 2009 by Walt Disney Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Hey 3:01
  2. Speed Dial 3:21
  3. Us Against The World (featuring Katelyn Tarver) 4:00
  4. Do It Up 3:19
  5. Shout It (featuring Mason Musso) 3:37
  6. Welcome To Hollywood 2:27
  7. (You Didn't Have To) Walk Away 4:15
  8. Get Out 3:30
  9. How To Lose A Girl 3:23
  10. The In Crowd 3:44
  11. Odd Man Out 3:30
  12. Movin' In 2:45

Album BackgroundEdit

Mitchel Musso worked with Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Bryan Todd, Justin Gray, Curt Schneider, Matthew Wilder, and other producers and songwriters to produce the album in both Los Angeles and New York. Musso himself also contributed co-writing on two songs of the album's thirteen tracks.

Mitchel sings solo on all of the tracks except for two tracks: "Us Against the World" and "Shout It". The two are a duet featuring singer Katelyn Tarver and Musso's brother Mason, respectively.

Musso stated: "But actually my favorite song off my album is a duet, "Us Against the World" and it’s my favorite song. I feel like it’s got the most uh, it’s kind of a dark vibe but at the same time it’s a really upbeat like uh, I would say a happy song. And I think the girls voice, her name’s Katelyn Tarver, so it was awesome getting her on the track."

The song, "Let's Make This Last 4Ever" was featured on an episode of the Disney Channel show, "Hannah Montana" and is also a track on the "Hannah Montana 3" soundtrack.

Chart PerformanceEdit

During its first week of release, "Mitchel Musso" sold 20,000 units and peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200.

As of August 2009, the album has sold over 100,000 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Heather Phares of Allmusic gave the album a four-in-a-half star rating. She wrote in her review: "The album delivers everything expected from Disney pop: it's big, it's slick, and it's just as poppy as Miley's music, but the keyboards are turned down and the guitars, both acoustic and electric, are turned up to give Musso some JoBros-like rock cred."

About the songs, Phares also wrote that "even though "Odd Man Out" and "The In Crowd" touch on tween issues like popularity and insecurity, they're whiny and overdone. Likewise, "(You Didn't Have To) Walk Away" is a draggy, repetitive ballad."

She concluded the review by saying: "Ultimately, Mitchel Musso is pretty good -- he's not as charismatic as some of Disney's bigger stars, but he's not as obnoxious as some of them are, either."

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