The Block [Bonus Tracks]

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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: the quintet are no longer kids and don't quite know how to be adults. That dilemma drove them apart back in 1994, as the group stumbled away from their clumsy stab at hip-hop on Face the Music, remembered chiefly for embarrassments like "Dirty Dawg" where the boys tried to be gangsta, as that was the style of the time. Fourteen years later, NKOTB are none the wiser, restyling themselves to fit into current trends and piling on guest artists by the dozens. Coming off the heels of the astounding multi-platinum success of ...
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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: the quintet are no longer kids and don't quite know how to be adults. That dilemma drove them apart back in 1994, as the group stumbled away from their clumsy stab at hip-hop on Face the Music, remembered chiefly for embarrassments like "Dirty Dawg" where the boys tried to be gangsta, as that was the style of the time. Fourteen years later, NKOTB are none the wiser, restyling themselves to fit into current trends and piling on guest artists by the dozens. Coming off the heels of the astounding multi-platinum success of Hangin' Tough and Step by Step, such desperate attempts to hang onto stardom made sense in 1994, but now that all the members save Joey McIntyre are pushing 40, it's awkward to hear the group abandon sprightly bubblegum for youthful rhythm-driven club music. At their peak, NKOTB only sang about puppy love -- how could they not, as their fans were almost entirely preteens too young to hear sticky songs of seduction, the kind that comprise the entirety of The Block. Two of these are pitched directly at those older fans -- "Big Girl Now," where the Kids sing to Lady GaGa about what they can finally do now that they're all growed up, and "Grown Man," where they sing pretty much the same thing with the Pussycat Dolls. They also turn an homage to "Dirty Dancing" into a bump and grind that is far, far from the innocence of the Patrick Swayze original, or the New Kids music, for that matter. Draped in washes of chilly analog synths straight out of Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, Autotune inspired by Akon who appears on the barroom pickup anthem "Put It on My Tab", chanting choruses, and brittle, skittish rhythms, The Block sounds nothing like the New Kids, nor does it feel like them, either. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.]
Los Angeles Times
They've been around long enough to know what a hit sounds like, and they're wise enough to know that they don't have forever to rebuild a following. So The Block comes loaded with sure-thing collaborations with radio-pop rainmakers such as Timbaland, Akon, Ne-Yo and Polow da Don, each of whom treat the project with respect, not condescension.
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.

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: 602517814035
  • Catalog Number: 001179572
  • Sales rank: 14,850

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 (3:33)
  14. 14 One Song (3:42)
  15. 15 Don't Cry (4:12)
  16. 16 Officially Over (3:58)
  17. 17 Looking Like Danger (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Kids on the Block Primary Artist, Background Vocals
New Edition Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Hakim Abdulsamad Various
Teddy Riley Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Donnie Wahlberg Group Member
Joe Wolfe Keyboards
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Various
Jonathan Knight Group Member
Jordan Knight Group Member
Danny Wood Group Member
Emanuel Kiriakou Keyboards
Fernando Garibay Various
Joey McIntyre Group Member
Aaron Pearce Various
The Pussycat Dolls Background Vocals
Ne-Yo Guest Appearance
RedOne Background Vocals, Various
Adam Messinger Various
Nasri Atweh Background Vocals
Joaquin Bynum Background Vocals
Rickrock Various
Technical Credits
Hakim Abdulsamad Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Jimmy Iovine Executive Producer
Teddy Riley Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Donnie Wahlberg Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Producer, Instrumentation
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
Rick Rock Producer, Instrumentation
Fernando Garibay Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Chris Billias Engineer
Matty Green Engineer
Akon Audio Production
Aaron Pearce Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Zukhan Bey drum programming
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Producer
Benjamin Chang Engineer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
Jared Paul Management
Ne-Yo Producer, Audio Production
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Paul Orescan Marketing
Tony Terrebonne Engineer
Jeremy Page Engineer
RedOne Programming, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Atozzio Towns Vocal Producer
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
Skye Lewin Engineer
Tyler Thurmond Programming
Rickrock Audio Production
Polow da Don Producer, Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AWESOME comeback album!!

    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! <BR/><BR/>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!<BR/><BR/>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! <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>Check it out!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Don't even read the editorial review! The REAL reviews are on this side of the page!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    You will not be disappointed! I love this album more than their old stuff!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I took it out of the libary and I just had to have it because it is such anwesome CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extended album also sounds great!

    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!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Block Is Still Rockin!!!

    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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