‘N Sync - No Strings Attached
A review by Jessi
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‘N Sync: No Strings Attached
Sometimes, I sit back and wonder
if the music industry is so cold and calculating that they actually strategically
plan when soulful ballads will be released so that every prom, every wedding,
every graduation will feature their song.
"This I Promise You" is
one such song. Even as I listened to
this beautifully harmonized, wonderfully written piece of music for the first time,
I could see an ocean of pink taffeta and tuxedos swaying back and forth to the
crooning voice of Justin Timberlake.
But let’s not stop at the prom.
A song like this is also a PRIME Mix Tape Nugget for your steady
boyfriend to chew on over the summer months.
But I’m getting ahead of
myself. As some of you music fans know,
last fall ‘N Sync was embroiled in a legal battle to leave their scary, overweight,
seemingly pedophilic manager and sign with Jive records to give themselves
greater artistic freedom. No Strings
Attached is the result of that battle and I have to say:
Thank God they won.
No Strings Attached is a lot
edgier than the debut CD ‘N Sync, but nothing venturing outside the realm of
accessible pop. The first single, Bye
Bye Bye is a really nice indicator for the tone of the album, a little less
sappy, a little more angst and a lot more grown up. My favorite songs are the hard hitting dance tunes, No Strings Attached,
It’s Gonna Be Me and Digital Get Down, the last of which is a pretty
"adult" song about cyber sex and the trials of being horny on the road
(I think). There’s no doubt that ‘N
Sync is trying desperately to "keep it street" judging by the
miserable "Space Cowboy" collaboration with Lisa "Left Eye"
Lopes and the not-so-bad-but-not-great "It Makes Me Ill" which sounds
a lot like a Destiny’s Child cover.
This songs only take minimal points away from the over all album feel,
though, and you can just skip over them if you’re smart.
If I could complain about one
thing it is that ONCE AGAIN, Lance Bass has gotten screwed in the solo
department. When will they let this boy
People who are deadset against
ever liking boy bands just on principle probably won’t change their minds with
this release, but if you’re sitting on the fence, I urge you to give this
sucker a scan…I think you’ll find it’s good for driving on the expressway when
the sun is shining.
Overall Grade: B+
Songs To Skip: Just Got Paid, Bring In Da Noise, Space
Songs To Play Six Times in
Succession: Bye, Bye,
Bye, No Strings Attached, It’s Gonna Be
Me, This I Promise You
Absurd Pamphlet Press