'N Sync
NSYNC


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dan Stalcup USER (12 Reviews)
March 11th, 2009 | 41 replies | 8,741 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deplorable and bland and forgettable, even with nostalgia factored in

The problem with *NSYNC's debut is not that they make disposable pop music; there really is a place in this world for catchy, bubblegum melodies. Nor is the problem that *NSYNC care about their image. Plenty of great musicians have a public persona to maintain. The problem is that *NSYNC is essentially only image, no substance. Worse yet, their debut album was little more than a shadow of a far more consistent Backstreet Boys debut that *NSYNC attempts to mimic. For all of the problems Backstreet Boys had, at least they weren't pale imitators of another group.

*NSYNC has nostalgic value for millions, both the positive type and the negative type: It was cool to hate on Justin, Lance, and the other three back in the day. This is the type of music you fondly remember bashing. No matter your feelings and memories, though, *NSYNC is little more than generic soft dance beats with half-decent vocals. It doesn't just have filler, it's almost all filler. I challenge you to name a song off this album that's not "Tearin' Up My Heart."

It's sort of unfortunate the songs and sound of *NSYNC are so awful, because there really is a bit of talent in the group. They just didn't have any identity or vision, simply a desire to cash in on the teen pop craze. The only decent tracks on the album -- the frankly superior pop ballad "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You," the passable surfer-style tune "Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)," and the infectious leadoff track, "Tearin' Up My Heart" -- are lost in a pool of drudge and blandness that gives the world of pop music a bad name.

If I have to pick a single worst track, it'd be gag-worthy "Here We Go," an absolutely non-veiled response to BSB's boastful dance tune "Backstreet's Back." It's a pathetic mockery of a decent pop track. Several other tracks would have also made sense as a "Worst" pick, but I honestly can't remember many of the others individually even though I just listened through the album for the first time in years to write this review.

Even with a few bearable tracks, don't waste your time with this deplorable moment in 1990's teen pop.



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danstalcup
March 11th 2009



27 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

decided to give this cultural relic from my younger years an actual review

Lelle
March 11th 2009



2146 Comments


Well written review However I missed a more detailed description of how the music sounds, since I haven't really listened to Backstreet Boys

(oh and I won't be checking this out anyway, so your review did it's job I suppose ;))This Message Edited On 03.11.09

Albus
March 11th 2009



77 Comments


The classic death metal album. Justin Timberlake has an awesome growling and screamming..stop...they all have an awesome growling and screaming. Hard to get into this album. It is so unpopular and underrated.

Good review!This Message Edited On 03.11.09

HighandDriving
March 11th 2009



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hahaaha good times.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2009



6960 Comments


this is too kvlt for most of the people on Sputnik

Digging: Wild Beasts - Present Tense

Phantom
March 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Ah...the days when Justin timberlake had a curly curly jewfro and corpsepaint, I remember them well.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2009



17913 Comments


here we go one more time everybody's feeling fine here we go now

KILL
March 11th 2009



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

NSYNC

Phantom
March 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Backstreet Boys are better x100.

KILL
March 11th 2009



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

no they arent

Phantom
March 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Ok Mr. Metal, I will take your opinion on a pop band as canon and only listen to NSYNC

danstalcup
March 11th 2009



27 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the way i see it, BSB had a much better first album, the second album was even, and nsync had a much better third album. draw.

FattyKnee
March 11th 2009



490 Comments


BSB had millennium but NSYNC had no strings attached

timbo8
March 12th 2009



618 Comments


ahhhh down memory lane...

FattyKnee
March 12th 2009



490 Comments


seriously

FattyKnee
March 12th 2009



490 Comments


can't believe i liked this stuff when i was younger...

Poet
March 12th 2009



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This isn't actually THAT bad.

FattyKnee
March 12th 2009



490 Comments


but its pretty bad still...

danstalcup
March 13th 2009



27 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Poet
the boy bands remain one of my guilty pleasures. but this was the worst album between BSB and nsync by far

Tulannical
March 13th 2009



2051 Comments


I actually like Tearin' up my Heart haha



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