10 CD (2013)

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Label Alliance Import
SKU 247713476
UPC 887737000004
UPC 14 00887737000004
Format CD
Release Date 4/2/2013
Links
Author New Kids On The Bloc
Compilation Appearance 80's Pop Hits
Compilation Appearance 90s Pop Hits Box Set
Compilation Appearance Free Willy (ost)
Associated Artist/Work NKOTBSB
Technical Info
CatalogID TBB 5001
Lable Name Boston Five
Released 04/01/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00887737000004
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Blakeslee Recording, US; Deekay Studios.
Photographers: Andy Barron; Austin Hargrave.
New Kids on the Block succeeded commercially with their 2008 comeback The Block, selling a respectable number of albums but, more importantly, establishing themselves as a concert attraction. It may have served its purpose as a career move but as a record, The Block was a little confused, a rather desperate and often vulgar attempt to position NKOTB as modern R&B hitmakers. That move didn't really work -- "Summertime" barely scraped the U.S. Top 10 (although it did considerably better in Canada, reaching that Top 10) -- so the group decided to take a different tactic on their next album, 2013's 10 (who knows why it's called 10? It's neither their 10th album nor their 10th anniversary). They've gone full-tilt into middle-aged maturity, acting their years with considerable assistance from a bevy of European pop producers, including the team behind Sugababes' hits and Lemar Obika. There is some American flavor here, arriving via Justin Timberlake collaborator James Fauntleroy and regular mainstream pop songsmith Jess Cates, but this streak is subsumed by the heavy gloss of icy synthesizers, cluttered rhythms, and cool, reserved melodies. All in all, even if it's a sound that hardly guarantees hits -- at best, it sounds a few years behind the times; most of the time, it's commercial pop with no conceivable mainstream audience -- it's a sound that suits the middle-aged New Kids well, letting them seem relatively stylish and respectable. Plus, the modest ambitions mean that this is often pleasing to the ears: they're never trying hard for a hit (they're also not writing; Joey McIntyre has two song credits, Donnie Wahlberg has one, and that's it) and the music was constructed to be nothing more than cleanly produced, tuneful, middle-of-the-road pop. This is merely designed to please the diehards.if anybody else happens to like it or if it stumbles into a hit, that's merely a bonus. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.45) - "10 is a trend-free, earnest collection of vocal pop."
Disc 1
1 We Own Tonight
2 Remix (I Like The)
3 Take My Breath Away
4 Wasted On You
5 Fighting Gravity
6 Miss You More
7 Whisper, The
8 Jealous (Blue)
9 Crash
10 Back to Life
11 Now Or Never
12 Survive You
Product Attributes
Artist New Kids On The Bloc
Music Format Compact Disc

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