The best way to start is with my favorite group, Nsync. I know about the controversy; you are team Backstreet or Nsync but can’t we all just get along? Anyway, this is Nsync’s first album that was titled Nsync. Released in the United States in 1998, it was how Justin, JC, Chris, Lance, and Joey entered the wave of boy bands in the 1990s coming across America. While this album was already successful in Europe, with a few different songs, this album put them on the map.
I remember watching their special on Disney Channel when I was a child. That was my first introduction to them and was the number 1 reason I ended up getting the album, and thus my obsession began. After getting my original CD out while I wore my No Strings Attached nightshirt, I ventured into listening to the full album how it was intended.
From various interviews, there are two songs on here that the boys in the band were not happy with Here We Go and Giddy Up. I agree, Here We Go is very simple and repetitive but can get you up and excited. Giddy Up is a whole other story. But every boy band album in this era had a song like Giddy Up on their album. (Cut to If You Want to Be A Good Girl from the Backstreet Boys) If you take those songs out of the equation. The rest of the album is solid. Actually, it is well balanced with ballads and upbeat tempos.
This album, unlike the albums that will come later, actually highlights all the talents of the 5 guys. You get to hear a solo portion from Joey in You Got It. Giddy Up features a strong bass presence of Lance. I Drive Myself Crazy features a solo from Chris, plus JC and Justin on the other songs. You can hear all the harmonies and really understand why they were a different type of boy band that was around.
Does it Hold up?⭐⭐⭐⭐. If you were to take out those two songs that were rough and included a little more from all 5 guys, I think this would be a winner today.
Nostalgia Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It really takes you back to sitting in your room, with your CD player on, dancing to the music, and wishing you were dating a teenage Justin Timberlake (or, in my case, Lance).
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As always, Creating Nostalgia Millennial Style!