James Maslow, who is known from the pop group Big Time Rush, as well as the Nickelodeon show of the same name, has released his new solo album "How I Like It," independently, and it is a solid studio effort. Last month, Maslow was crowned the 2017 winner of Macy's iHeartRadio "Rising Star" competition, which affords him the privileged opportunity to open the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas next month, which kicks off on September 23.

In addition to his tenure on the television show and in the boy band Big Times Rush, Maslow competed on the eighteenth season of the reality dancing competition "Dancing with the Stars," where he came in fourth place.

He was partnered with professional dancer Peta Murgatryod.

Songs on the new album

His album opens with the mid-tempo and smooth "So Bad, So Bad," and it is followed by the soothing and hypnotic track "Addicted," as well as the title track "How I Like It," with its infectious hooks.

"Worship" has a flirty and sultry vibe to it, and the proceeds from his moving ballad "Cry" went toward the nonprofit organization "Mission Save Her," an anti sex-trafficking charity, which is a cause that is very dear to Maslow's heart. Vocally, Maslow really tugs at the heartstrings on "Cry."

He picks up the pace with the up-beat "Fairy Tale," which is perhaps the highlight song on the album, due to its fun, electro-pop nature, thus making the song worthy of the repeat button.

Equally remarkable is the slow ballad "Who Knows," and the acoustic guitar-driven "You're The One (That Got Away)."

"Breaking" is comprised of killer melodies and velvet vocals by Maslow, and it is followed by "Get You There." The CD closes with the mid-tempo "This House" and with an acoustic version of "Cry," which showcases his rich, dynamic vocals in their purest form.

The verdict

In summation, James Maslow delights on his brand new studio album "How I Like It." It displays his wide range as a contemporary recording artist, and singer-songwriter. All of the 12 songs on here are distinct and well-crafted, and the album is well-produced. He is able to command the listener's attention for its entire duration, and there are no filler tracks.

"How I Like It" is a highly diverse studio project that is recommended for all fans of James Maslow's music. They will not be disappointed, and it is worth more than just a passing glance. This 12-track collection garners an A rating.