'N Sync
NSYNC


3.0
good

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (72 Reviews)
June 19th, 2016 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *screams internally*

The boy band craze of the 90's is both one of the most famous, and infamous, eras in music. After All-4-One burst out with their smashing debut, the 1990's went through a massive boom in the commercial viability of young, teen, boy band singing groups. This is odd, but I consider myself a massive fan of that era of music. I grew up heavily on all of the boy bands of the late 90's including Backstreet Boys, LFO, O-Town, All-4-One, and Five. One group, however, remains my favorite of that time. That group was NSYNC.

NSYNC was founded by Lou Pearlman and Chris Kirkpatrick, when Chris approached Pearlman in 1995 about making a boy band. By the time their first album was being made in 1997, the group had consisted of Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, and Lance Bass. Their debut consisted of the usual realms of Dance Pop and Teen Idol Pop at the time, but it also had hints of R&B as well. It isn't any secret that R&B and boy bands went hand in hand, R&B's penchant for romantic, sensual singing and group harmonies made the genre a shoe-in for thriving boy bands with proper vocal training.

To be pretty fair about this album, many of the tracks fall horribly short of what they should have. Here We Go is just disappointing as a Dance tune, with its beats going completely off track with the vocals. It also doesn't help that the tune interrupts the flow every 40 seconds with a pause harmony that ruins the flow. You Got It has some of the worst use of synthesizers I have ever heard. The vocals are completely off of the rhythm and the synths are meshed together to the point it just sounds like one giant, annoying blur.

That doesn't mean it is all bad. The album has plenty of excellent R&B tracks like I Just Wanna Be With You and For The Girl Who Has Everything, which showcase excellent vocal talent from the five while also having a lot of great instruments and keeping the mood consistent throughout both tracks. One of the best slow songs on the record should go to the Christian-pop tune (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You. The track has a simple triangle piece with momentary claps and small percussion in the background. The key to the whole tune is in scaling back the instruments and letting the singing do most of the work.

Of course the best track on the entire album goes to the massive hit Tearin' Up My Heart; a crazy techno jam with some of JC's most on-time vocals. Any NSYNC fan will tell you that JC was the best of the group, as he showcased a vocal range few could even remotely match. In Tearin' Up My Heart JC was given the most spotlight, but Timberlake did follow quickly behind. Runner up should go to I Want You Back which follows the same guidelines as Tearin' Up My Heart but goes slower and scales the beats to pumping rather than jumping across in a fast pattern; and the track uses a simpler and deeper base noise.

NSYNC completely took the boy band world by storm, and was one of the few bands to go toe to toe with juggernauts at the time, the Backstreet Boys. Who won that prospective rivalry depends on who you ask, but at the time, NSYNC became a phenomenon. Their debut album needed a lot of work, but it was a promising start for this young boy group.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tunaboy45
June 19th 2016


14877 Comments


backstreet all the way motherfucker

Digging: Lorde - Melodrama

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fucking fight me bruh



JC and Timberlake could run circles around that entire showpiece alone.

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes Justin Timberlake was in NSYNC



Disregarding the fact he completely stole the spotlight when he could only hit one octave, then ditched the band after their third main album to do fuck all, while refusing any talks of actual reunions because he is a dick whose ego needs to be toned down a hefty bit.

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

parksungjoon
June 19th 2016


5151 Comments


check the 80s

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

IT"S GONNA BE MAY

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

life in tandem

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ty kind sir

TVC15
June 19th 2016


8055 Comments


New Kids on the Block suck alotta dick
Boy/Girl groups make me sick
And I can't wait to catch all you faggots in public
Imma love it

Digging: Murmuure - Murmuure

TVC15
June 19th 2016


8055 Comments


"So like..theres actual good pop records?" No shit bro

also autopos without reading cos it's a Calligy review

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just ooze quality don't I?

parksungjoon
June 19th 2016


5151 Comments


you certainly ooze something

CaliggyJack
June 19th 2016


1709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Cygnatti
June 19th 2016


31508 Comments


"So like..theres actual good pop records?"
hundreds

parksungjoon
June 19th 2016


5151 Comments


^ this man is a false prophet

damn foiled again!

XingKing
June 19th 2016


12152 Comments


"New Kids on the Block suck alotta dick
Boy/Girl groups make me sick
And I can't wait to catch all you faggots in public
Imma love it"

One of the first things I thought of when I saw this review on the front page lol

TheSonomaDude
June 19th 2016


4999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lmao I remember this

LotusFlower
June 19th 2016


12002 Comments


i cant tell 90s boy bands apart

bloc
June 19th 2016


41641 Comments


Joey "Fat One" Fatone

Digging: Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor

PostMesmeric
June 19th 2016


682 Comments


*sees NSYNC album review*

*sips drink* ...it's gonna be a good day.



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