10

10

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by New Kids on the Block
     
 

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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 asSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
Label:
The Block
UPC:
0887737000004
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
16849

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Kids on the Block   Primary Artist
Gabe Lopez   Guitar,Keyboards
Brent Paschke   Guitar,Keyboards
Johannes Joergensen   Percussion
Johannes "Josh" Joergensen   Keyboards
Drew Ryan Scott   Vocals
Tim McEwan   Keyboards
Martin M. Larsson   Percussion
Thomas Andersson   Guitar
Lars Halvor Jensen   Percussion
Daniel "Obi" Klein   Percussion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

New Kids on the Block   Executive Producer
Gabe Lopez   Composer,Additional Production
Jess Cates   Composer
Donnie Wahlberg   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Brent Paschke   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Joey McIntyre   Composer,Vocal Producer
Nina Woodford   Composer
Andy Love   Composer
Marvin Humes   Composer
Jamie Scott   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Jared Paul   Management
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Marlin "Hookman" Bonds   Composer
DEEKAY   Producer
Janelle Lopez   Management
Johannes Joergensen   Composer
Oritsé Williams   Composer
Johannes "Josh" Joergensen   Instrumentation
Drew Ryan Scott   Composer,Vocal Producer
Tim McEwan   Composer
Martin M. Larsson   Programming,Instrumentation
Thomas Andersson   Composer
Michael Larsson   Composer
Lars Halvor Jensen   Composer,Instrumentation
Marcus Winther-John   Composer
Daniel "Obi" Klein   Instrumentation
Aston Marrigold   Composer
Martin Michael Larsson   Composer
Lemare Obika   Composer
Daniel Klein   Composer

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