Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by 'N Sync
     
 

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Hard to believe that *NSYNC released a mere three proper albums over the course of a mere three years in their reign as one of the two most-popular boy bands in the great teen pop boom at the turn of the millennium. Given their constant presence on the charts, on MTV, on the airwaves and on magazine covers, it seems like their time in the

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Hard to believe that *NSYNC released a mere three proper albums over the course of a mere three years in their reign as one of the two most-popular boy bands in the great teen pop boom at the turn of the millennium. Given their constant presence on the charts, on MTV, on the airwaves and on magazine covers, it seems like their time in the spotlight lasted much, much longer, but such mass multimedia saturation only gives the illusion of longevity and it doesn't give much of an indication of the durability of the group's music, either. Of course, pop music isn't necessarily meant to be durable -- it's meant to exist in the moment, and once that moment passes, the hit singles of a given day either wind up as classics that retain some of their initial power, or they become an aural snapshot of a given moment, a way to revisit a particular place in time. And nowhere is that better illustrated than on *NSYNC's first compilation, 2005's lean 12-song Greatest Hits. Appearing four years after their final album, 2001's Celebrity, Greatest Hits contains every one of their 11 non-holiday-themed Billboard Hot 100 singles, adding "I'll Never Stop" -- previously featured as a bonus track on certain foreign-market pressings of No Strings Attached -- to round things out. Since this has all the hits, along with surprisingly detailed liner notes from Chuck Taylor, this not only is a good overview and introduction to *NSYNC, but it's also their most consistent and enjoyable album since their proper records, like most teen pop records, were cluttered with filler. But that doesn't necessarily mean that their hits have stood the test of time. This collection proves that *NSYNC's music evokes a time and place -- the heady days of the Y2K roll-over, just before the stock market crashed, just before George W. Bush took office -- but it doesn't transcend their era. This is because the group not only doesn't have much on-record charisma, but their singles are constructed as records, existing entirely on the surface, lacking the backbone of a strong song. There are hooks scattered throughout here -- almost all arriving on the chorus, whether on propulsive dance numbers like "Bye Bye Bye" or on ballads like "Tearin' Up My Heart" -- but the tracks rarely, if ever, have the narrative momentum of a good song. This is not as great a trouble as it may seem -- after all, these singles were hits because of their sound, which is gleaming, attractive and proudly, even defiantly, lightweight. It may not be lasting, but it's a real pleasure for many listeners and anyone that wants to relive *NSYNC's glory years will find this satisfies their needs.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886919848823
catalogNumber:
198488
Rank:
13489

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Performance Credits

'N Sync   Primary Artist
Hampton String Quartet   Strings
Daniel Miller   Cello
Maxine Neuman   Cello
Carl Sturken   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Blank   Guitar
Richard Fortus   Bass,Guitar
Elizabeth Chang   Violin
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Alexander Yudkovsky   Violin
Justin Timberlake   Beat Box
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Michael a. Lang   Piano
Tony Battagllia   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Ellen Shipley   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer
David Cole   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Vocal Engineer
Richard Marx   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Denniz Pop   Composer,Producer
Carl Sturken   Composer,Producer
Chris Trevett   Engineer
Michael Tucker   Vocal Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
Robin Wiley   String Arrangements
Allan Rich   Composer
BT   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Tucker   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Veit Renn   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
'N Sync   Vocal Arrangements
Adam Barber   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
John Amatiello   Pro-Tools
Carlos Vasquez   Beat Programming
Brian Garten   Vocal Engineer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Hemberger   Engineer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Alan Armitage   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Kristian Lundin   Composer,Producer
Joel Kazmi   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Chuck Taylor   Liner Notes
Kevin Guarnieri   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Wade Robson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Cornell Haynes   Composer
Doug Cuomo   String Arrangements
Cj Vanston   drum programming
Rick Nowles   Composer

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