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The Block

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by New Kids on the Block
 

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New Kids On The Block — five now fully-grown men (Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood) who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like — are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half. The Block, their first album since 1994, includes the single "Summertime."

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New Kids On The Block — five now fully-grown men (Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood) who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like — are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half. The Block, their first album since 1994, includes the single "Summertime."

“I think history has looked upon us fondly,” says McIntyre. “I wouldn’t say we were important, but people do now see our place in pop history. We’ve read that we `begat the boy bands” like Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. And in a way, those groups have all made us more contemporary. They made us younger in a way by putting us in their generation. But hey, what about New Edition? There would be no New Kids without them. And of course, the Jackson Five begat New Edition. So I guess we were really just the first white boy band.”

Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News - Jim Farber
Several '80s references turn up, as in "Swayze," a clever reference to the movie "Dirty Dancing," and the single "Summertime," which openly courts nostalgia. But the now old kids don't have to look back to make a connection. A cut like "2 in the Morning," with its airy Marvin Gaye allusion, has the kind of melody that proves they've once again got the right stuff.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517743137
catalogNumber:
001179202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Kids on the Block   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Hakim Abdulsamad   Various
Donnie Wahlberg   Group Member
Joe Wolfe   Keyboards
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Various
Jordan Knight   Group Member
Danny Wood   Group Member
Emanuel Kiriakou   Keyboards
Joey McIntyre   Group Member
Pussycat Dolls   Background Vocals
Ne-Yo   Guest Appearance
RedOne   Background Vocals,Various
Adam Messinger   Various
Nasri Atweh   Background Vocals
Joaquin Bynum   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hakim Abdulsamad   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Jimmy Iovine   Executive Producer
Teddy Riley   Audio Production
Donnie Wahlberg   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Perry Geyer   Engineer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Chris Godbey   Engineer
Martin Kierszenbaum   Executive Producer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Matty Green   Engineer
Akon   Audio Production
Zukhan Bey   drum programming
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Producer
Benjamin Chang   Engineer
Keith Gretlein   Engineer
Jared Paul   Management
Ne-Yo   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Orescan   Marketing
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Tony Terrebonne   Engineer
Jeremy Page   Engineer
RedOne   Programming,Audio Production
Lady Gaga   Composer
Janelle Lopez   Management
Adam Messinger   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Nasri Atweh   Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Kristen Foster   Publicity
Adida Kavarro   Producer
Tyler Thurmond   Programming
Polow da Don   Audio Production

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The Block 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is so good that even the early twenty-somethings I know that didn't grow up a New Kids fanatic LOVE IT! Their new songs have a great grown up feel without being vulgar like so many songs you hear today. They sound better than ever and this is definitely worth the buy!!!!
LoJo More than 1 year ago
At first I was a little skeptical how this new cd word sound. But I LOVE IT!!! The songs are more grown up and mature. The live show is just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a solid pop effort from New Kids on the Block! Very infectious and funky numbers from Click, Click, Click, to Single, to Lights, Camera, Action, to Dirty Dancing to Twisted! They were smart to stay contemporary, as the songs have this pop edge with shades of hip-hop beats everywhere. The ballads are nice, especially 2 in the Morning and Stare at You. Most of all the group sounds comfortable with these songs than the structured and conservative nature of the Maurice Starr-helmed albums of the '80s/90s. RedOne's 6 songs that he produced give the group a whole new energy. And Akon, Polow Da Don, Timbaland and others have hot numbers here, but let the group have the control. Donnie Wahlberg co writing 9 of the songs give the project more originality. Lastly, the strong leads from Jordan Knight &amp quot love that falsetto&amp quot , Joey McIntyre and Donnie make the album exciting. People need to check this album out. They want their respect back as a pure pop group.
April_Hake More than 1 year ago
This is an AWESOME CD! I've seen them in concert 3 times (before their break-up). I had the dolls, those BIG buttons, t-shirts--you name it!

I pre-ordered this album as soon as I heard it was coming out and was available for pre-order! I have tickets to see them in concert in January 2009--needless to say I am a fan!

Seriously though, this album is great! 'Stare at You' is my absolute favorite song on this album! 'Dirty Dancing' gets my kids singing along to it. 'Click, Click, Click' is GREAT!

Like their previous songs, the ones on this album give meaning to the former fans of today. They are updated and still have a sound for the younger generations.

Check it out!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listened to NKOTB when they first came out. It's great to hear their "new" sound!! Great album for the old fans as well as for the new fans following them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I also got the 17-song deluxe album. It's equally as strong with the additional 4 songs! They smartly keep the songs within the 3 to 3 1/2 minute range &quot excluding the one over 4 minutes&quot , but you can't beat the infectiousness and catchiness of the tracks! The hooks and choruses are undeniably addictive. Single easily has their best harmonies, especially on the chorus. I have played 10 of the tracks more than once the past 10 days or so! For longtime fans, this is a treat. For people who are hearing New Kids for the first time &quot after overplaying the new Jonas Brothers CD for the 56th time&quot , this is your chance to hear a longtime pop group from Boston get its respect due again in the music scene. The Block is BACK!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed! I love this album more than their old stuff!
Beckaroo81 More than 1 year ago
This album really is amazing...and addicting! While it is a definite shock to hear the guys singing about sex, and it took me a few runs of listening to the CD to get used to this, once you get past the fact that we're no longer little kids listening to cute boys singing about puppy love you'll really enjoy this! It's been the staple CD in my car for 2 straight months (and I drive a lot!) One thing I do agree with in the editorial review though is the overwhelming amount of guest artists. It seemed a bit excessive to me. "Grown Man" and "Big Girl Now" are the only ones I feel are necessary for guest vocals, and they do it well, but the others I think would be better with just the guys and no extras.
mereMW More than 1 year ago
I took it out of the libary and I just had to have it because it is such anwesome CD.
estelleNY More than 1 year ago
I have to totally disagree with the editorial review. This was probably written by a NKOTB hater from back in the day. If you were a New Kids fan in the 90's, you will love their new music. Yes, it's R&Bish and I'm not a huge fan of R&B, but I am of New Kids. Saw them in their current tour twice now and plan on going again this summer. They have some GREAT songs including TWISTED - my favorite! And they have always been pop. I don't see this album as too much different than the others except now they sing about sex!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Music is outstanding, The Songs are amazing, They made a perfect transition to sound like a lot of new artists out now... its simply enjoyable for old and new fans alike
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