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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With the popularity of boy bands waning once again think New Kids on the Block and his younger brother Aaron's career soaring, Nick Carter -- the youngest and arguably the most marketable member of the Backstreet Boys -- has taken flight and gone solo. In BSB, Carter's more timid vocals were often overshadowed by Brian Littrell's earnest, country-tinged crooning and A. J. McClean's flamboyant vocals. But on his urgently titled, rockin' debut, Now or Never, Carter sounds surprisingly convincing as a frontman. With a carefree pop-rock sound, Carter charms fans throughout the 12-track disc, most notably on the guitar-driven lead single "Help Me," the Bryan ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With the popularity of boy bands waning once again think New Kids on the Block and his younger brother Aaron's career soaring, Nick Carter -- the youngest and arguably the most marketable member of the Backstreet Boys -- has taken flight and gone solo. In BSB, Carter's more timid vocals were often overshadowed by Brian Littrell's earnest, country-tinged crooning and A. J. McClean's flamboyant vocals. But on his urgently titled, rockin' debut, Now or Never, Carter sounds surprisingly convincing as a frontman. With a carefree pop-rock sound, Carter charms fans throughout the 12-track disc, most notably on the guitar-driven lead single "Help Me," the Bryan Adams-reminiscent ballad "Do I Have to Cry for You," and the Bon Jovi–esque "Miss America." On the latter track, Carter cleverly serenades his dream girl with smooth lyrics such as, "In the land of the free/Make a prisoner of me/Close my eyes and you're all that I see." Only time will tell, but like his 'N Sync counterpart, Justin Timberlake -- who also released his first solo disc, Justified, in late 2002 -- Carter's boy band–less future looks bright. After all, it's Now or Never.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 012414182821
  • Catalog Number: 41828

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Carter Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Martin Brammer Background Vocals
Gary Clark Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Paul Gendler Guitar
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Steve Pearce Bass
Max Martin Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Steve Mac Keyboards
Steve Harvey Percussion
Josè Carlos Schwartz Bass, Background Vocals
Adam Phillips Electric Guitar
Alison Clark Background Vocals
Per Aldeheim Guitar
Michelle John Douglas Background Vocals
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Chris Laws Drums
Daniel Pursey Percussion
Peter Kahm Bass
Rickard Evensand Drums
Peter Kvint Guitar
Steve Lee Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Martin Brammer Programming, Producer, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Gary Clark Programming, Producer, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Matthew Gerrard Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Andrew Scarth Engineer
Mark Taylor Producer, Engineer
Michael Tucker Engineer
Dave Arch String Arrangements
Tom Coyne Mastering
Sank Engineer
Max Martin Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Cesar Ramirez Assistant Vocal Engineer
Steve Mac Arranger, Producer
Nick Carter Illustrations
Josè Carlos Schwartz Producer, Engineer
Per Aldeheim Producer, Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Pablo Munguia Vocal Engineer
Elisa Garcia Art Direction
Rami Producer, Engineer
Chris Laws Engineer
Alex G. Digital Editing
Brian Kierulf Engineer
The Matrix Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Matt Tryggestad Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NC is the real deal!

    He ain't getting any hype but he definitely should. "Now or Never" is a great collection of pop rock songs that shows what a talented artist Nick Carter is. The vocal treatment on every song is different which shows his vocal versatility. Songs are also well produced without deviating the attention from his wonderful vocals. The lyrics reflect a fun and carefree vibe that is the essense of who NC is. Don't let the haters fool you and miss out on a great album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kaleigh (soon to be LOL) Carter

    Now or Never is awsome! Im soooo proud of him! They ballads are perfect! Reguardless if your a BSB fan I think youll LOVE Now or Never! I cant saw enough about it! Id recomend this CD to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nick's gonna be a lagend coz he's so hot!!!

    i dunno what to say...but the only thing that i can say is the album is really really good.i think the best album i've ever heard other than the bsb's.really,coz i do not lie.my most favourite song in this album is 'who needs the world'.the meaning of the song is really touching my heart.i think you too if you hear this song.come and buy it and you will never regret it!!!i love you nick,forever and ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    You get great pop and rock songs and his still incredible voice. Whether you are a BSB fan or not, you really should try it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH MY FREAKIN" GOSH!!

    This album blew me away. I thought it would be a pop album, but listening to it changed my mind. From "Blow Your Mind" to "Girls in the USA", this CD drips Nick Carter. He made a CD that would appeal not to just BSB fans but hard rock, punk rock, pop, and classic rock fans everywhere. I really recommend getting NoN and making it the only CD in your CD player. PS-The Special Edition DVD is superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOW OR NEVER ROCKS FOREVER!!!!!!

    I am very proud of what Nick Carter has accomplished on his solo album. Now Or Never is definitely #1 in my opinion and I wouldn¿t be surprised if he gets a Grammy or other awards for his effort. Nick rocks his heart out in songs such as ¿My Confession¿, and sings with lots of passion in ¿Do I Have To Cry For You¿. Not to mention his other songs including the first single, ¿Help Me¿, which I highly recommend. Overall, I give this album 5 stars. It is absolutely worth the $$ people pay for CD¿s nowadays. If you haven¿t, then go buy Nick Carter, Now Or Never, right NOW!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All I can say is...WOW!

    I love this CD! I pity those who don't. It is my favorite cd! Nick, if you should ever read this...thank you so much for all of your hard work of making this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Real

    I have to say this is one of the best albums out right now. "Now or Never" is an ablum that doesn't sound like every backstreet boys cd and I am so proud of Nick because he did such a great job and my personal fav would have to be "Miss America".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick Carter Now or Never

    This is the best CD that I have heard in over a year! Nick really proves himself as a solo artist on this disc. He taps in to almost evrey kind of music, and does it with the skill and know-how of a professional. This is a disc you can listen to over and over, and is worth every penny you spend on it. Try it out, you will be hooked on the first song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick Carter Sexier than ever!!!

    I think that Now or Never the hot new cd by NICK CARTER is so awesome. I love every song and the beat and lyrics are so good, Nick really pulled it off i knew he could do it! His sexy look and voice are really shown on this new album, everything about Nick is sexy no matter what he does he will be great at it. Good job on the cd i LOVE it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trés Bien!!!

    I am beyond proud of Nick's performance. I have been a Backstreet Boys fan since I was 9 years old (I am now 16). I have always looked up to Nick's talent. And although I was excited at the news of a solo album, I was also worried. I thought that it wouldn't be appreciated and he would only be considered a joke. But now I don't worry about that at all. I am astounded at how amazing he really is, and how far he has come. This album is truly something to be proud of. This entire album has a rock feel to it. And, in typical Nick Carter style, he belts out in full passion. This ultimate talent is what inspired me to begin singing. He is very underrated because he is in a boy band, but I am convinced this will change that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST C.D EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love Nick Carter so much. He is the hottest guy in the whole world. But that has nothing to do with what I think about this c.d.. I really LOVE this c.d. a lot. When I got it I couldn't turn it off. I think if you don't have it yet this is a MUST have c.d. to add to your backstreet boys collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its the bomb!!!

    i love it, i cant stop listening to it. even though its a different taste to what we(bsb fans) are use to listening to, i like it, so nick carter keep doing what your doing because your doing great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick's Great Album

    This is a great album it definately deserves 5 stars. It's Nick Carter like you've never heard him before. It's recommened to all backstreet and nick fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music to span the generations

    Alright, so you think this Backstreet Boy can't rock? It is evident that Nick put his whole self into this album, and with his new band, his music is surprisingly rock-edged, with a pop touch. I dare skeptics to take a listen to the tracks on this album. The eclectic mix of styles and sounds is absolutely incredible. You've got your pop, you've got your rock, and you've got the ballads, and I don't think theres much more you can ask for! It's history in the making.... add this CD to your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Now then Never

    Nick Carter's solo debut, "Now or Never", is an amazing album. After purchasing the album less than 24 hours ago, I can say it has by far become one of my favorite records that I own. I reccomened the album to fans of Backstreet Boys (and similar bands), and even people that enjoy more of a rock genre- it's a good combination of the two kinds. Be sure to get this album, or you'll miss out on something good! Way to go Nick, congradulations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now Or Never Review

    I Think This Is Nick Carter's BEST Work Yet! This Album Really Brings Out the Best In Nick. He Wanted To Do a Rock Album and He Done It, I'm Just So Amazed By All of the songs on It! If Your a Rock Fan Then I Would Advise You To Buy This Album NOW! He Has Upbeat Songs as well as Ballads. I think This Is The BEST Album I've Heard yet And I'm Proud To Say That I'm A Bigger Nick Fan Than I was Before! I would Recommend This Album To ANYONE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick Carter's -- Now or Never

    The cd it rocks it's a great car blasting music as well it really shows how amazing his voice is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HELL YEAHHHHH

    This album is 30 times better than i could have ever imagined!! It kicks a$$!!!! Seriously spend the money to buy it, it is so worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick Carter is more than a BSBoy

    this album is a complete surprise because the music and talent of Nick Carter is more than pop where girls go crazy. It shows strength and maturity that surpasses any stereotype of a boyband. this album is full of songs that will grab you and take you to a world familiar to you if you are a rock and roll fan.

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