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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The problem facing New Kids on the Block on their 2008 reunion, The Block, is the same one they had on their last album, 1994's Face the Music: they're no longer kids but don't quite know how to be adults. Now that all the members save Joey McIntyre are pushing 40, the group abandons sprightly bubblegum for youthful rhythm-driven club music. At their peak, NKOTB sang about puppy love, since their fans were almost entirely preteens too young to hear sticky songs of seduction, the kind that comprise the entirety of The Block. Draped in washes of chilly analog synths, chanting choruses, and brittle, skittish rhythms, The Block is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The problem facing New Kids on the Block on their 2008 reunion, The Block, is the same one they had on their last album, 1994's Face the Music: they're no longer kids but don't quite know how to be adults. Now that all the members save Joey McIntyre are pushing 40, the group abandons sprightly bubblegum for youthful rhythm-driven club music. At their peak, NKOTB sang about puppy love, since their fans were almost entirely preteens too young to hear sticky songs of seduction, the kind that comprise the entirety of The Block. Draped in washes of chilly analog synths, chanting choruses, and brittle, skittish rhythms, The Block is a modernized New Kids.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517743137
  • Catalog Number: 001179202
  • Sales rank: 47,285

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Click Click Click (3:44)
  2. 2 Single - Ne-Yo (3:56)
  3. 3 Big Girl Now - Lady Gaga (3:29)
  4. 4 Summertime (3:22)
  5. 5 2 in the Morning (3:25)
  6. 6 Grown Man - The Pussycat Dolls (3:00)
  7. 7 Dirty Dancing (3:37)
  8. 8 Sexify My Love (3:30)
  9. 9 Twisted (3:09)
  10. 10 Full Service (3:56)
  11. 11 Lights, Camera, Action (3:05)
  12. 12 Put It on My Tab - Akon (3:55)
  13. 13 Stare at You (3:34)
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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
Emanuel Kiriakou Keyboards
Joey McIntyre Group Member
The 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
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    LOVE IT

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back and Better Than EVER!

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun, entertaining, enjoyable pop effort!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2011

    Highly recommend - worth the money

    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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