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Album Review

The problem facing New Kids on the Block on their 2008 reunion, The Block, is the same one they had on their last album, 1994's Face the Music: they're no longer kids but don't quite know how to be adults. Now that all the members save Joey McIntyre are pushing 40, the group abandons sprightly bubblegum for youthful rhythm-driven club music. At their peak, NKOTB sang about puppy love, since their fans were almost entirely preteens too young to hear sticky songs of seduction, the kind that comprise the entirety of The Block. Draped in washes of chilly analog synths, chanting choruses, and brittle, skittish rhythms, The Block is a modernized New Kids.

Customer Reviews

Why?

The music industry sinks to new lows on a weekly basis it seems, and this record is the newest addition to the pile of garbage unleashed on our poor ears. Hey, I have an idea! Let's get an extremely washed up boy band together, throw them in the studio, auto-tune the living hell out of their vocals (to the point where it's painfully obvious), add some cheesy R&B beats and keyboard generated hand claps (gotta love those hand claps), and we'll pretend to call it music! I don't know when auto-tune became a cool "effect" on people's voices but seriously, it's a dead giveaway that you have no real talent. I'm sure people are just buying this record because they grew up in the late 80s/early 90s and instead of listening to music that actually mattered (during one of the most significant times in music history) they listened to New Kids On The Block. I'm sure these die hard fans are hoping they'll get another "Right Stuff" that they can sing out loud with their friends in the most annoying way possible. I wish these guys would just live off of their royalty checks and leave us alone. If anyone is wondering why the indie music scene is becoming such an important movement just have a listen to this crap and you'll understand why.

The Best of the Best!!!!!!

yepyep....I'm so with you, hummingbirdbleu.. on the usage of this CD......that's why I bought this one, and two more on the way!!! This album is so worth it's value, I really luv near the end when Donnie is talking with his son, you have to get this album to hear it, it's so sweet!!!! This is the ultimate collection, Thankyou for this guys, their sound is just amazing!!!! NK rocks!!!!!! kmc82

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Amazing! worth a listen!

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Boston, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group by substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that eclipsed the popularity of Starr's previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late '90s. During the New Kids' heyday, the group reportedly earned over one million dollars per week, and their string of hit singles — the bulk of which reinterpreted...
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