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NSYNC


2.0
poor

Review

by Simon STAFF
October 22nd, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tearin' out my hair.

Manufactured, patterned and sealed for approval, fresh from the factory; welcome to the heart-throb, boy band era of 1995-2005. Grab a hand full of good looking guys or gals -- occasionally mix the two -- and have them deliver the love and happiness to young kids and teens alike. There was an innocence to this type of band which has long been forgotten about in today's music industry: the image of these bands were aimed at being sugar coated and cute than sexy; lyrics were a lot less vulgar and smutty. A group aimed at children spent more time writing lyrical content about a guy talking about hanging out with a girl he liked, rather than the slut drop she gave him while the coke was flowing and the booze was swimming. A kid could genuinely look up to these groups without feeling dirty about it when it came time to exit teenhood.

This little group was at the heart of this era; one of the torch bearers of smooth grooves and dreamy pop melodies, backed up by a squeaky clean look to help it all along. It's also the group to contain one Justin Timberlake, soon to become a global phenomenon when he decided to go solo. *NSYNC's debut album is one of great potential and utter anguish. Album opener "Tearin' Up My Heart" is pure and simple a great pop track: containing all the hallmark elements needed to propel a band to the big time, catchy hooks, memorable choruses and great harmonies. It's the kind of track that will get stuck in your head for weeks after hearing it, due to a near flawless execution. However, the same can't be said for the rest of the album. Back in the day, when music actually sold off of a shelf, record labels had a dirty little plan to lure the punter in with a great single -- ala "Tearin' Up My Heart" -- get them to buy the album for said single and the deal is done. It's always been a distinct problem when it came to a group of this type; the marketing ploy is so clear-cut, it was almost daylight robbery.

No, when it comes to the meat and potato of this self-titled LP, there is little to hold interest past that single. The soft signature pop sound of the 90s is here, "I Just Wanna Be With You" and "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You" have that slick Michael Jackson production, coupled together well with the groups soothing vocal work, which perks up interest somewhat and is catchy and enjoyable to listen to, but the level of quality isn't the same, and for the most part tracks are fairly dull. It does have to be said the album has the odd moment where a pulse shows up on this souless record: "I Want You Back" is a decent highlight on here and contains some of the great qualities the opening track has, but albeit still lacks spice to make it stand up next to it. NSYNC most of the time suffers from dire lyrics, boring compositions, with vocal hooks that just aren't there. The guys just don't pull together enough to bring anything interesting to the table. And by today's standards, some tracks don't translate well: the terribly dated techno beats of "I Need Love" do little to help this record look any younger; the solo monologue on "Everything I Own" is vomit inducing to say the least, and the electric guitar moments on "Crazy For You" are hilariously out of place.

Overall, the band genuinely have some decent songs in their back catalogue, but listening to this LP in its entirety is painful to sit through. There is no craftsmanship here, no real care put into their work and it just feels like another album made to keep the big wheel turning; just like many others at its time. Their sophomore record fairs a little better, but you won't find much worthwhile here.

Poor.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


15859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thought I'd go a little out of my comfort zone and do something I'm not used to reviewing.



As always, constructive criticism welcome guys.

CaliggyJack
October 22nd 2016


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disagree but nice review.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


15859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

haha cheers Caliggy. Don't get me wrong, that first track is a fucking masterstroke.

SteakByrnes
October 22nd 2016


16225 Comments


"welcome to the the heart-throb boy band era of 1995-2005"

Take out a "the"

"There was an innocence to this type of band which has long been forgotten about in today's music industry: the image of these bands were aimed at being sugar coated and cute than sexy; lyrics were a lot less vulgar and smutty, at a time where band's lyrical content contained a guy talking about hanging out with a girl he liked, rather than the slut drop she gave him while the coke was flowing and the booze was swimming"

Even with the semicolons and colons this feels like a bit of a run-on sentence. Maybe put a period after "smutty" and change the wording of the next sentence

"It's also the group to contain one, Justin Timberlake,..."

I'd remove the comma before JT's name

This review is pretty semicolon happy as well, it reads rather awkwardly. However, this is still a good review, just things like that that could be fixed. I'd point out more stuff but I'm tired haha

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


15859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers man, corrected.

SteakByrnes
October 22nd 2016


16225 Comments


Nice, have a pos my man

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


15859 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks buddy.

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2016


49868 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ahhhh yeah....

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DirEnRefused
October 22nd 2016


3579 Comments


rip justin's ramen hair

random
October 23rd 2016


2796 Comments


Backstreet Boys were ultimately better, but NSYNC put Miami on lock between 98-2000.

Titan
October 23rd 2016


20018 Comments


opener is a good tune.....yeah i said it!

romulanrancor
October 23rd 2016


7422 Comments


you are
my fire
the one
desire

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Titan
October 23rd 2016


20018 Comments


even better! but wrong group

romulanrancor
October 23rd 2016


7422 Comments


yeah i know dude haha

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2017


970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bubblegum pop was more important than grunge

Clegane
July 8th 2017


219 Comments


#hottake

rodrigo90
July 8th 2017


5875 Comments


It was interesting that I started to see mtv when bubblegum pop and nu-metal was the new music trend.



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