Celebrity [Hong Kong Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
"Do you ever wonder why this music gets you high?" inquires Justin Timberlake on "Pop," the bouncy opening track and first single from 'N Sync's much-hyped third disc, Celebrity. Well, the answer to that question is quite simple. 'N Sync's intoxicating mix of pop and R&B almost forces listeners to forget their troubles and get happy. Taking an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach, on Celebrity, Justin, JC, Lance, Chris, and Joey build upon the winning formula of seamless harmonizing, infectious songwriting, polished production, and pop star appeal that sent their previous discs, 'N Sync and No Strings Attached, racing up the charts. This time around, however,...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
"Do you ever wonder why this music gets you high?" inquires Justin Timberlake on "Pop," the bouncy opening track and first single from 'N Sync's much-hyped third disc, Celebrity. Well, the answer to that question is quite simple. 'N Sync's intoxicating mix of pop and R&B almost forces listeners to forget their troubles and get happy. Taking an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach, on Celebrity, Justin, JC, Lance, Chris, and Joey build upon the winning formula of seamless harmonizing, infectious songwriting, polished production, and pop star appeal that sent their previous discs, 'N Sync and No Strings Attached, racing up the charts. This time around, however, the Orlando boys kick their brand of "dirty pop" up a notch with the help of edgier producers such as club music remix king BT the frenetic "Pop", Brandy producer Rodney Jerkins the hip-hop-tinged "Celebrity", and the Neptunes the break-beat-punctuated "Girlfriend", an Atlanta production crew who gave a well-deserved makeover to the Backstreet Boys single "The Call." Filling the requisite ballad quota with stirring efficiency are the breathtaking "Selfish," penned and produced by crooner Brian McKnight, and Timberlake's heart-tuggers "Gone" and "Something Like You." The only weak links are "Just Don't Tell Me That," which sounds too much like 'N Sync's megahit "Bye Bye Bye" and Max Martin's "Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby," which is similar to several singles the pop wunderkind wrote for the Backstreet Boys' Black and Blue. Those minor fumbles aside, with Celebrity, 'N Sync conclusively establish themselves as the charismatic kings of the boy-band realm. As the fellas rhetorically chime on the disc's sparse, harmony-driven closing track, "Do Your Thing": "Are you doing your thing/And doin' it well/Are they lookin' at you hatin'/Saying Oooh." Why yes, indeed.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
*NSYNC is nothing if not literal. Last time around, they freed themselves from their manager and titled the record No Strings Attached. This time around, after that album moved millions of copies, they've released an album called Celebrity, none too subtly drawing attention to the fact that they're stars. That's right -- this is a trials-n-tribulations of fame album, in the grand tradition of Bad, Use Your Illusion, and In Utero, complete with a garish cover that's a cross between Sgt. Pepper and a Sammy video. The difference is, of course, that the boys have been thirsting for this attention since they were children, so they're entirely comfortable with their position as kings of teen pop, and they celebrate their celebrity. And, let it not be said that they're not clever, since "Pop" isn't just a defense of their music, it stands as a rallying cry for their fans. And that signals what is so right about the record too -- *NSYNC is self-aware, not just of their position in the pop world, but how to consolidate their strengths while pushing forward. Since time immemorial (or at least since 1987), any pop group rounds up hot producers before making a new record, but *NSYNC has found producers that accentuate different sides of their music, from Brian McKnight smoothly delivering JC Chasez's "Selfish" to the Neptunes' subtle harpsichord groove on "Girlfriend." Nobody sticks around for too long -- only Riprock and Alex G are granted two tracks, with lead SYNC Justin Timberlake manning the board for no less than three songs, more than anybody else on the record -- and that's a blessing, since it keeps the album moving. As soon as BT's "Pop" wraps up, we're in Rodney Jerkins territory for the skittering title track and, not long afterward, Max Martin returns with "Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby," just in case old-school fans are missing Martin's patented Euro-schtick. All this means, on at least a superficial level, is that it's the group's most varied album yet, but the emergence of Timberlake and Chasez as credible soulful singers and, yes, songwriters makes it their best album yet, and one of the best of the teen pop boom of 1999-2001 (and, if the first week sales of Celebrity are any indication, it will extend even longer). [The Hong Kong release adds two bonus tracks: "Falling" and "Do Your Thing"]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
  • UPC: 638592220324
  • Catalog Number: 922203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pop (3:58)
  2. 2 Celebrity (3:18)
  3. 3 The Game Is Over (3:27)
  4. 4 Girlfriend (4:15)
  5. 5 The Two of Us (3:51)
  6. 6 Gone (4:54)
  7. 7 Tell Me, Tell Me... Baby (3:38)
  8. 8 Up Against the Wall (3:37)
  9. 9 See Right Through You (2:55)
  10. 10 Selfish (4:20)
  11. 11 Just Don't Tell Me That (3:03)
  12. 12 Something Like You (4:15)
  13. 13 That Girl (Will Never Be Mine) (3:25)
  14. 14 Falling (3:48)
  15. 15 Do Your Thing (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
'N Sync Primary Artist
Hampton String Quartet Strings
Brian McKnight Keyboards
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Michael Lang Piano
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Kenny Blank Guitar
Rodney Jerkins Multi Instruments
Michael Hart Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Richard Fortus Bass, Electric Guitar
Randy Jackson Bass
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Carlos Vasquez Beat Box
Justin Timberlake Multi Instruments, Beat Box, Beatbox
Wade Robson Multi Instruments
J Moss Rap
WaWa Chant
Technical Credits
Brian McKnight Producer
Adam Kudzin Engineer
Charles Pollard Programming, Engineer, String Arrangements
Talley Sherwood Engineer
Michael Tucker Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording, Pro-Tools
Robin Wiley Producer, Digital Editing, String Arrangements
Rodney Jerkins Producer, Instrumentation
BT Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Bill Importico Engineer
Todd Fairall Engineer
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Stuart Brawley Engineer
Jacob Schulze Producer, Engineer
Carlos Vazquez Beat Programming
Chaz Harper Mastering
Anthony Nance drum programming
Carlos Vasquez Beat Programming
Brian Garten Engineer
Paul Gregory Engineer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Alan Armitage Engineer
Justin Timberlake Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Riprock Producer
Kristian Lundin Producer, Engineer
Joel Kazmi Engineer, Assistant Vocal Engineer
Pablo Munguia Engineer
Paulino Oliveira Engineer
Rami Producer, Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer, Digital Editing, Assistant Vocal Engineer
JC Chasez Producer
Wade Robson Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
J Moss Producer, Engineer
Michael Forbes Engineer
Chris Haggerty Digital Editing
Chris Wood Engineer
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