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Album Review

Really, 98° is a great idea for a teen-pop band: take an attractive boy band in the vein of Take That or N'Sync and have them sing Boyz II Men crossed with the Backstreet Boys. 98° followed this formula on their eponymous debut and were more or less successful. However, they've mastered the sound on their second record, 98° and Rising. Like any teen-pop with chart aspirations, 98° and Rising is far from a perfect album, as it alternates sure-fire hits with filler cut from the same mold, but that should be expected. What's nice is that songs like "The Hardest Thing" and "True to Your Heart" are well-crafted radio singles, with memorable hooks and excellent production. That same production — which makes the ballads smoove and the dance-pop infectious — carries weaker moments of the record, but at the end of the day, it's the singles that make 98° and Rising entertaining. And for many fans, that will be quite enough indeed.

Customer Reviews

I love them!

These guys remind me of the good ol' high school days... There are 5 songs on this album that are awesome, My fav. is "To Me You're Everything". They were the more mature N'sync, and the sexier Backstreet Boys (Sorry Kevin) I love them, and I always will. I recommend this album for a night at home with your "hunny".

Hottest Boy Band Of The 90's

This is by far my favorite 98 degrees album. There are so many good songs on it-it's too bad the group broke up. Oh well. The best songs on here are "Heat It Up", "Fly With Me", "True To Your Heart", "Still", "I Do (Cherish You)" and "The Hardest Thing". The last two songs I listed are 98 degrees' obvious hits, but there are so many overlooked songs on this awesome album. I like their fast songs a lot but overall, this CD is packed with great music, top to bottom. I know they're old now, but these songs I can listen to again and again and I'll never get sick of them. Every wedding I've been to has played "I Do (Cherish You)". This is one of those albums where it's worth it to buy the whole thing. 98 degrees has had other hits on their other albums but this one has the most and I think it is definitely worth the money. "98 Degrees And Rising" is a classic and in my opinion, is one of the hottest albums of all time.

good....and bad

98 degrees is ok. Because of you is the only song i remember but i liked it alot so i would recommend that song, but not this album

Biography

Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

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

The sweet urban soul quartet 98° was formed in Los Angeles by four former Ohio residents: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey plus Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. Timmons was trying to make it in the music industry, so he called Jeffre and Nick Lachey — both former classmates at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Artists — and formed 98°; Drew Lachey soon moved to the West Coast as well. The quartet was working a variety of odd jobs to finance their talent show appearances, but...
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