- Audio CD (March 21 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Jive
- ASIN: B00004NRPZ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
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No Strings Attached
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Despite millions of album sales, 'N Sync are an obvious No. 2 to label mates the Backstreet Boys. Fittingly, they try harder--too hard, in fact--through most of their second non-Christmas disc, No Strings Attached. The quintet and Strings' dozen-plus producers fill these 47 minutes with bland ballads by Diane Warren and Richard Marx, mildly funky workouts like a cover of Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid" and the muddled "Space Cowboy," and gimmicks such as "Digital Get Down" that hardly lend credence to whatever career-longevity claims they might want to lodge. This is a guaranteed smash, but judged on the merits of its weak material and less than compelling vocal performances, No Strings Attached should be long forgotten by the time the Backstreeters' next CD arrives. --Rickey Wright
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*NSYNC's sophomore album "No Strings Attached" starts off with a little bit of an explosion. Obviously, 'Bye, Bye, Bye' was a ridiculously HUGE hit for the group, but it truly deserved to be so, what with this INCREDIBLY infectious melody and the whole group's balance as a centralized unit. The same could be said for 'It's Gonna Be Me', the second single and, SURPRISE, second track off the album. Similar tracks like these dot the album, notably 'Space Cowboy' featuring Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, may she rest is holy peace, as well as the title track 'No Strings Attached' and the AWESOME full-dance number 'Bringin' Da Noise'. That song, my friends, is INTENSELY cool.
Some songs don't really cut it with me, namely 'I'll be Good for You', which is a rather boring, sappy track, and 'Just Got Paid'. While 'Just Got Paid' really isn't all that BAD, it also really isn't all that GOOD, and remains pretty forgettable. Another song that doesn't really capture me is 'That's When I'll Stop Loving You', which is a little bit too clichéd for my taste these days, though it used to be my most favoritest on the album.
A great highlight is 'It Makes Me Ill', as song that really is compleately different from anything the group did before this. It sounds like the kinda thing DESTINY'S CHILD would've done had they all been males. That said, is fast moving and very fun. But I believe the best on the album to be the FANTASTIC closer, 'I Thought She Knew'. This song is the epitome of PERFECTION. A beautiful example of the amazing power of a plain old voice, this songs' incredibly melodic syncronization is simply perfect, and the best a capella song I've ever heard, by FAR.
All of these songs are monstrously fun to sing along with, even if you're a really crappy singer. Which most of us are anyways. If you're a ROCKER, like me, who doesn't want to be so closed-minded about good, quality music, then really give this a shot. It may not be perfect, but I dare you to find a better group of fellas that get as in sync together as these boys do. TRY IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!
True, it was teenagers and first-graders (and their parents' money) that helped the album achieve this. But, nevertheless, it had killer singles "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me" (both cut by the Swedish production team Cheiron who also worked for BSB, Britney and even Celine, around former heavy metal songwriter Max Martin). Another single, the stately Richard Marx-penned ballad "This I Promise You" and bonus track on European CD ("I'll Never Stop") are decent, as are a 1970's throwback "I'll Be Good For You" and a-capella "I Thought She Knew". The rest is not much more than bland filler.
If you really like pop and do not have this album, it's worth hearing for the three singles, but as a whole, it's not even NSync best ("Celebrity" is better). On "No Strings Attached", hooks are there. But: a successful white male pop vocal group is now a phenomenon nearing extinction. And no wonder; this album, although commercially a huge hit, is far from timeless.
Bye Bye Bye starts off this CD with a kick. It funky and fun to listen to. 5/5
It's gonna be me however is average at best and Justins voice is the most annoying I,ve ever heard. The music itself suffers a bit from the teen pop sound. 3/5
Space Cowboy is fun and kicks butt too. It fun and great to dance too. This is probably one of my favorite songs on this album. The lyrics are a bit dumb and Left Eyes rapping doesn't help either but the music itself saves this song. 5/5
Just Gott Paid is a great dance song too as well. Not much to say about it.
It makes Me Ill: GOD! Where the hell did they come up with this stuff. This is the worst song N Sync song I,ve ever heard.The beats are lame and the lyrics are stupid. Sorry but this song is a complete dud. 1/5
This I Promise is a nice laid back slow song. 4/5
No Strings Attached is ok. The beats are kind of annoying. 3/5
Bring In Da Noise is fun, rockin and brainless. 3/5
Digital Getdown is stupid as hell. What were they thinking when they put this song on here. By God this song is stupid. 1/5
That's When I'll Stop Loving is similar to This I Promise You. A laid bak slow song. 4/5
I'll Be Good for you however is great and definately goes up there as one of the finest cuts off this CD. 5/5
I Thought She Knew is just their voices singing and it's quite good. A good song to close out this album. 4/5
While this album may be overrated and flawed with some bad songs it's a good CD to listen to. It doesn't top their debut but it has more variety. It sure blows away anything Britney Spears could do.
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