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Celebrity
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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Editorial Review

The boy balladeers of 'N Sync have always kept in step withtheir competition, but with Celebrity, they've entered adifferent race altogether. Members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez (whoco-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on this album) have drawnon R&B, hip-hop, and electronica to make a remarkably adult mix. Whileyounger fans will love the disc (it is 'N Sync, after all), olderlisteners will be surprised and pleased by the Prince-influenced"Gone," the Miami bass beat of "The Two of Us," and the Stevie Wonderharmonica cameo on "Something Like You."The disc only fails in itsmore predictable territory: the title track's lyrics are hopelesslygeneric ("Would you be so into me / if I wasn't a celebrity"). The Swedish-pop machine (also behind Britney Spears)cranks out two solid dance tracks ("Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby" and "JustDon't Tell Me That"), but his offerings are hardly as innovative, or asmuch fun, as the band's own contributions. Overall, Celebrity,is a triumph, and unlike many of their teen-pop peers, the members of'N Sync (or Timberlake and Chasez, at least) promise solid careersahead. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

Reviews (833)

3-0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Sound; Takes Some Getting Used To
To be fair, this album isn't that bad really. The Asian version has got 3 bonus tracks, and bonus track #13 which is something like "Girl (I don't think I'll have her back)" is a really good track, so pity it's not on the main album. Just like "No Strings Attached" which had a couple of tracks sounding like each other and from which they only released 3 singles (a sure sign of its mediocrity), this album sounds like a wallpaper of sounds, super-charged beats, electronic noises, and samo-samo lyrics after a while. Infact after the 3rd track, the rest of the tracks all sound disturbingly like each other. Only 2 ballads shine through. Justin's GONE: It has a weak first verse that just doesn't grab your attention but once the chorus comes in along with the bridge, the ballad soars beautifully. The other ballad SELFISH is catchy and begs repeated replays. The other ballads are squishy and overly sappy. The song lyrics have not matured much from the previous 2 albums. Songs about unrequitted love, chasing after women, and broken hearts are still surprisingly adolescent given the various ages of NSYNC. "Celebrity" the track is self-indulgent, very un-mainstream, and very stop-start in tune. Takes time getting used to. I think listening to this album being pounded out LIVE at concert can be quite an exhilirating experience, but it takes a nosedive once it comes on CD. The material is just not attention-grabbing. The album is high on style but a little low in quality. I like NYSNC and support them but I'm trying to be as objective as I can. Justin displays a good taste in song-writing but he does need lyrics that are a little more mature. JC has really improved from his song-writing debut in "NSA". It's sad that Joey and Lance haven't got a solo in sight on this album--not even a sniff. Their unique vocal ranges could add some flavor to this overally unexciting album. At the end of the day, the real stars of CELEBRITY ironically aren't NSYNC but the wonderful people they collaborated with: BT, Brian McKnight, the Neptunes etc. On another note, hit-makers Max Martin and Co. are in top form again with 2 stand-out (if not a little trite)tracks (just in case the others bomb, I guess). Though it's a little unlikely fans of NSYNC will take an instant liking to this new album (they will try hard to like it, no doubt), CELEBRITY may win NSYNC some new fans for their new sound. The album I'll give 3 and a half stars. For effort to break out of the boy-band mold: 4 stars. Good Effort! Gosh, I hope I wasn't too critical...This really isn't THAT bad of an album. Above average (but disappointingly it does NOT live up to the hype).

1-0 out of 5 stars Too many people like this "album"
Just looking at a good review for this cd hurts my eyes! You poeple who are giving this a good review are lying and you know it! C'mon, join the n'suck bashing wagon. It's fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars woo hoo!
this albumn is the best! my favourite song was gone, as it was all justin :) yum! i think from the beginning of thier careers N*sync have gone from strength to strength - i love all thier albums, and do not dislike any of the songs - however, is it just me or is it only justin and JC that sing? it doesnt matter though, because they have voices that just melt me!
N*Sync is the best band ever - a guy i know thinks their a bit rubbish, but he likes idiot music anyway so his opinion doesnt count. i would strongly suggest that you buy this album, and every other N*sync album, cos they rock! ... Read more

Asin: B00005LD1A


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No Strings Attached
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Editorial Review

Despite millions of album sales, 'N Sync are an obvious No. 2 to label mates the Backstreet Boys. Fittingly, they try harder--too hard, in fact--through most of their second non-Christmas disc, No Strings Attached. The quintet and Strings' dozen-plus producers fill these 47 minutes with bland ballads by Diane Warren and Richard Marx, mildly funky workouts like a cover of Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid" and the muddled "Space Cowboy," and gimmicks such as "Digital Get Down" that hardly lend credence to whatever career-longevity claims they might want to lodge. This is a guaranteed smash, but judged on the merits of its weak material and less than compelling vocal performances, No Strings Attached should be long forgotten by the time the Backstreeters' next CD arrives. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars one awesome album
I love this album. I enjoyed every track. Here's a review of all of them.

1. Bye Bye Bye- This was the 1st single, the song that made me be interested in this talented boy band. This is a catchy tune that anyone could like. (11/10)

2. It's Gonna be Me- The 2nd single. THis song wasn't as good as bye bye bye, but certainly a great song. it's one of my favorites. (10/10)

3. Space Cowboys- It's got a good beat, and i like the chorus, but it was out of date after the year 2000 was over. (9.9/10)

4. Just Got Paid- i love this song. It has a groovy beat and fabulous lyrics. A definate favorite. (10.5/10)

5. It Makes Me Ill- Great beat, good lyrics, and an all together cool song (10/10)

6. This I Promise You- This is a sweet ballad, the best ballad on there in my opinion. i like the spanish version too. :)(10/10)

7. No Strings Attached- This is an ok songs. I was co-written by JC, which is a little different because people don't think that boybands write their own songs. (9/10)

8. Digital Get Down- Another one co-written by JC. This song is one of the best in the album. some people are opposed to the lyrics, but i'm not one of them. ;)(11/10)

9. Bringin' Da Noise- This is my least favorite song on the album, but no song on here is bad, it's written about a basketball game for goodness sakes! it's also co-written by JC.(7/10)

10. That's When I'll Stop Loving You- another ballad. this is the second best ballad. It a pretty good song. (9.9/10)

11. I'll Be Good for You- This one is co-written by Justin. It's supposed to be "old-school." It sounds ok. (8/10)

12. It thought She new- THis is a beautiful a capella. The lyrics are very sad and i cried the first time i heard it. (10/10)

i would give this album a 10/10 rating. I love it!!

-Lizzie

3-0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing...
I have a diverse taste in music. Hanson, Dave Matthews Band, Korn, Counting Crows...and I also like N Sync. With their first album came out, I was impressed with their harmonies and pure pop sound. Sure, they didn't write any of the songs or produce anything, but that was expected. We've heard THAT arguement before. And after hearing "bye bye bye" on the radio, I was sure NSA was going to live up to it's expectations. Boy, was I ever wrong. I bought the album on the first day it came out, as most fans did. As many have said before me, "Didgidal Getdown" is NOT who N Sync is supposed to be...we had an image of nice, clean cut boys who sang sappy love ballads. And than JC goes and writes THAT. Of course, the whole album isn't horrible. "It's Gonna Be Me" is catchy, and after being forced to listen to "Space Cowboy" for an hour straight, it kinda grew on me. "This I promise You" is a typical, but nice love song. "No Strings Attached" is one of the albums biggest hits with me and also "I thought she knew" is a beautiful a capella song, demonstrating N Sync's ability. Overall though, I was dissapointed. "Bring in the noise" is just stupid, and "Just got paid" isn't all that great. There just isn't any depth in the lyrics at all. Not to mention all we hear is JC and Justin. Joey and Chris get a couple lines while we don't hear Lance AT ALL. Never. I swear he doesn't even get to sing in the harmonies sometimes. And I think he has an absolutely *beautiful* voice. WE WANT LANCE TO SING.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thank God the Boy Band Craze is Over
Man, oh man - thank god this craze is over. They vaulted to the top of the charts a few years ago, thanks to the dedicated teenie fans, but alas, no longer are they so respected, except by people who Never Got Over It. Yet they still linger beneath the surface, waiting to rise again. We have four who never used this horrid band as a catalyst to start something else, and then you have this yellow-haired clown invading the media worse than anthrax. And yet, you know that this single clown is going to keep reminding us that, yes Virginia, there were boy bands.

As for the cd, please do yourself a favor and don't buy this crap. If you want real music, go to the alternative tentacles website and purchase an old Dead Kennedys album. Buy a NOFX cd. Or, for crying out loud, go get a Beatles cd or an Enrico Caruso! Support anybody but these manufactured bimbos! Support REAL musicians!

Good night ... Read more

Asin: B00004NRPZ


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N Sync
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 March, 1998)
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Yes, it's another group of five young white boys making dance-influenced pop that makes the girls scream. Not only is the makeup of this group familiar, their sound is almost a clone of fellow teenybopper dreams the Backstreet Boys. It's probably not surprising, considering that they share the same manager (who had all five members of '80s preteen scream machine New Kids on the Block as the best men at his wedding, natch). The resemblance is a little too close for comfort, however, with almost every track here mirroring one on the Backstreet Boys album. From the radio hit "I Want You Back" and the sugary harmonizing on ballads like "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" to the one step forward, two steps back approach to sex appeal on "Giddy Up," 'N Sync--or their producers--have crafted the perfect balance of catchy pop ditties and swoon-inducing slow jams. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest CD Ever By The Greatest Group Ever
This is hands down the greatest album I have ever owned. I love 'N SYNC and I have loved Justin and JC since the Mickey Mouse Club. I am also proud to be a member of their fan club. I really hate how people compare them to the Backstreet Boys, because their styles are different. The worst is when people who haven't listened to their CD judge them. I mean, people seem to think that just because girls swoon over them, that they don't have any real talent, but they do. I speak from experience, because I went to a live show at Macy's in NYC on August 29 for my birthday which was the next day. They did NOT lip-sync, before anyone gets any ideas, and sounded great anyway, not to mention the fact that they looked amazing. For anyone who doesn't think that 'N SYNC is talented: Go to a concert and let them prove you wrong. Anyway, I hope that these guys are around for a long time because they are the genuine article. Peace, love, and stay 'N SYNC!

P.S. If I could have given the album more stars, I would have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining,Hip,Beautiful Ballads that reaches your soul...
I READ OVER THE REVIEWS OR COMMENTS PEOPLE HAD SENT AND I MUST SAY,SHAME ON THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT N'SYNC'S CD SUCKED.THAT REALLY PROVES YOU HAVE NO EARS FOR MUSIC,I OWN NSYNC'S CD AND I LOVE THE WORDS, THE BEAT, EVERYTHING IS JUST PERFECT I ADMIT AT FIRST I WASN'T HOOKED BUT UNTIL I HEARD IT SEVERRAL TIMES AND BOUGHT THE CD I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL VOICES. AND FOR THOSE WHO SAY ITS ANOTHER WANNA BE BSB YOUR WRONG! NSYNC HAS MORE ENERGITIC SONGS AND FEW BALLADS COMPARED TO BSB (DONT GET ME WRONG I THINK BSB IS GOOD TOO)BUT NSYNC HAS A DIFF STYLE THEY CAN DANCE AWESOME,THERE ALL FINE, ESPECIALLY JUSTIN AND THEY ALL FIT SO EXCEPTIONALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR VOICES.(AND FOR THE BOZZO WHO SAID THERE GAY!GET REAL!JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE GIRLS IN THEIR VIDEO DOESN'T MEAN THERE GAY.THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE THE FANS(US GIRLS)ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE STUPID GIRLS WE ARE INTERESTED IN THE GROUP)BUT N-E-WAYZ I REALLY RECOMMEND YOU GUYS THIS CD ALL THE SONGS ARE GOOOOOOD!(NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU HEAR IT SEVERAL TIMES THEN NSYNC WILL SINK TO YOU AND YOUR HEART).

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE . . .?!?!
Alright, you have got to be kidding me!!!!!!! There's is no meaning to these songs!! Nothing you can learn from!! Life is always perky, and having trouble with love isn't gonna kill you! Why not listen to Metallica, Or Black Sabbath, who actually have deep lyrics and people of all ages listen to, instead of this boy band who probably weren't even old enough to shave when they started the band! And the name?!?! How did they get that?! Anyway my theory is that your wasting your money on something you're going to hate in a month! If not 1 week! ... Read more

Asin: B00000638D


Backstreet Boys [ENHANCED CD]
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1997)
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The world may be divided into two camps when it comes to the Orlando-based Backstreet Boys--detractors and hard-core fans--but no one can deny the fact that the boys produce perfectly polished pop that sells. The hits on this album speak for themselves: "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," "As Long as You Love Me," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." If you're not one of the disciples, however, you may want to steer clear: lackluster attempts at R&B, saccharine ballads, and a murderous remake of PM Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" make this a slick production but little more. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Its a very good US debut!!!
The Backstreet Boys started out Europe,because they felt that the US were'nt ready them yet.! And when they released this CD it caused them to explode into the USA spawning 5 top 10 hit singles!!! This CD is a *GREAT* mix of pop and R&B however I hated the cover of PM Dawn's "Set adrift on memory bliss" its one of my fav songs and they murtilized it!!!But the rest of the CD is really good.! Beginning with the dancy song "We've got it going on" the first hit single in the US "Quit playing games with my heart","As long as you love me" my personal fav on the album very catchy and a cute song!!!,track five is "All I have to give" I *Love* this song its just a really GREAT song!!!, Track 7 is one of the BEST ballads of all time "I'll never break your heart" its so sweet and the harmonizing is amazing!!!,Also the tracks If you have the newer album version with "Everybody(Backstreets Back)" that's a *GREAT* dance track!!!,Get Down you're the one fore me: is a really good dancer too!!!,I *Love* the last track "If you want it to be good girl(get yourself a bad boy)" its pretty funny,catchy,sexy,and cute all at the same time!!!So go buy this album and the rest of BSB's album's cause they ALL rock the house!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Read My Review
I actually liked this cd! Even though almost everyone I know HATES the Backstreet Boys I actually think some of their material is actually good. This cd was better then Millenium though.

1.We've Got It Goin' On OK track, it sounds like Everybody(Backstreet's Back) 2.Quit Playin' Games(With My Heart) I liked this pop song. It's one of the reasons I bought this album.

3.As Long As You Love Me See Quit Playin' Games(With My Heart)

4.Everybody(Backstreet's Back) I loved this dance song. Though it sounds like We've Got It Goin' On, it's better. Catchy.

5.All I Have To Give Nice ballad.

6.Anywhere For You See All I Have To Give.

7.Hey Mr. DJ(Keep Playin' This Song) Nice dance track. Catchy.

8.I'll Never Break Your Heart See All I Have To Give and Anywhere For You.

9.Darlin' Didn't like it much.

10.Get Down(You're The One For Me) See Hey Mr. DJ(Keep Playin' This Song). I also liked Kevin Richardson's rapping.

11.Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

See Darlin'. Confusing.

12.If You Want It To Be Good Girl(Get Yourself A Bad Boy) See Hey Mr. DJ(Keep Playin' This Song).

Overall I really liked this cd except for Darlin' and Set Adrift On Memory Bliss. My favorite songs are Quit Playin' Games(With My Heart), As Long As You Love Me, Everybody(Backstreet's Back), All I Have To Give, Hey Mr. DJ(Keep Playin' This Song), I'll Never Break You're Heart, Get down(You're The One For Me), and If You Want It To Be Good Girl(Get Yourself A Bad Boy). I'd buy this iif I were you. I can't wait until the new Backstreet Boys album comes out in September. I'm going to buy that one too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Let me explain BSB's "musical range"
Cheesy love and dance songs that stay stuck in your head and that all sound the same, made up of annoying 5 part harmonies, synthesizers and drum machines. ... Read more

Asin: B00000053X


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Millennium
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 May, 1999)
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For their hard-core under-18 fans, of course, the Backstreet Boys are all that, and a bag of chips and free soda to boot. Millennium, the follow-up to the quintet's umpteen-million-selling debut, offers more reasons why so many of the rest of us have found a place for them in our hearts. The Boys' ultrapackaged look and up-to-date production underscore the quality of their best tracks; only a churl could deny that "I Want It That Way" is one fine radio-aimed declaration of love, or that "Larger Than Life" makes the most of its Daft Punk sample and double-edged acknowledgment of Backstreet followers' loyalty. And who can resist an album-closer like "The Perfect Fan," Brian Littrell's ode to his mom? --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the hype; enjoy the music
Yes, it's easy to criticize or mock the Backstreet Boys. One could make catty comments about their ever-changing hair styles (both head and facial), claim that they've been dethroned as the top "boy band," or otherwise knock them. But you know what? Once you get done griping and teasing, slip "Millennium" into your CD player, put aside your prejudices, and listen to these songs with a pair of "fresh ears." You might be in for a pleasant surprise.

The Backstreet Boys are a vocal group, and "Millennium" is an excellent showcase for this type of act. The vocal arrangements for the songs demonstrate an effective mix of solo parts, group harmonies, and counterpoint vocals. But well-planned arrangements alone can't carry a song. The guys in the group perform these songs with real commitment. These guys are skilled professionals who really sound like they are putting their hearts into these lyrics.

The songs themselves represent a good mix of melancholy ballads and faster-tempo songs. The lyrics all deal with love (or its loss) in one form or another. Virtually every song on the CD is a winner; this is a largely "filler-free" effort. So if you've been cynical about the "boy band" craze, give "Millennium" a chance. And if you're a devotee of the "boy band" sound, don't miss it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars And I Don't Even Like The Backstreet Boys!
Let's get something straight: I can't stand any of these pop New-Kids-On-The-Block wannabe bands, ok? They all sound the same and are really unoriginal. Granted BSB, does have a bit more talent than the others, I'm still not too fond of them. But when my sister bought this CD, I couldn't help taking it over and over again because I'm absolutely in love with so many songs on it. It has more heart than the original and also unlike the original, the songs are pleasantly hummable after you hear them, not mind-numbingly annoying like some of the work on the original. This group works better in this one because alot of the songs are done as solo performances. A love song is much more meaningful when one person sings it than five together. (Namely the hypocritical "I'll never break your heart" from their first album that had potential but, thanks to five people saying the exact same thing, it was roughly translated into "I'll never break your heart, so lemme sleaze my way into your panties.C'mon! Can I please see you naked? PLEASE???? I'm desperate!") Sorry I got a little side-tracked there. Heh heh. Anyway the one problem with this album is the order of some of the songs: between the two romantic songs "I Need You Tonight" and "Don't Wanna Lose You Now" is the delicately-placed 'stop-stalking-me' song "Don't Want You Back" Granted, these are three of the album's best songs but the order isn't exactly smooth. Anyway, Backstreet Boys: if you read this along with the other 600 reviews, keep doing music of this caliber and the world will keep turning for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars DIE HARD
As a die hard BSB fan, I highly recommend this album to anyone who wants a combination of fun and sweet songs ("The Perfect Fan"). I will always recommend music from the BSB. They rock!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000IOOE


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Black and Blue
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 November, 2000)
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The Backstreet Boys' previous outing, Millennium, was atough act to follow, combining as it did the storming pop of "LargerThan Life" and the sublime balladry of "Show Me the Meaning of BeingLonely." Black & Blue is a worthy successor, if a slightly moremature sound for the boys. There's plenty of uptempo pop, such as thecatchy advice dished out on "Get Another Boyfriend" and the slinkybeat-riddled R&B of "Shining Star," nicely balanced with some smoothballads--you can almost hear the lighters sparking up as the Spanishguitar gently plucks away on "I Promise You (with Everything I Am)."However, it's when they take up immediately where Millenniumleft off that they are at their strongest: "The Answer to Our Life" and"Not for Me" form a sturdy bridge from their previous output onward tothe future. If this is the state of things to come, the future isdecidedly rosy for Brian, Kevin, Howie, A.J., and Nick. --Helen Marquis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Job Well Done
First of all, let me tell you I'm not a closet BSB fan. And I'm not one of those hysterical teens, practically crying while waiting in line for the most anticipated CD of the year. But I was still on the edge of my seat, waiting for November 21, the glorious day when I could go buy my own copy of Backstreet's newest release, "Black And Blue". I listened to it probably a thousand times that first weekend, memorizing every song, listining to every detail of their voices. I definitly thought it was a improvement from the near perfect "Millenium", and the boys seem much more mature. My favorites would have to be the edgy: "Get Another Boyfriend", "Larger Than Life" reminicent: "Everyone", and Babyface's: "Time". It's too bad they didn't beat Nsync's 2.4 million on the first week out, but I agree with the guys: quality is better than quantity, and these guys certainly proved it. I'd have to say theirs is the best album that's been released for a long time, and well worth however much you have to pay to get your Backstreet-craving hands on. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Boys to men...
Yes, it's true. The third Backstreet Boys album has finally come out. This third effort from the Boys proves to be the best. _Black and Blue_ shows heart and soul and the true growth that they have had since _Millenium_. The songs are decidely bubblegum pop, but who cares. The upbeat fast songs and moody ballads will have any music lover swaying on their feet. The songs are more heartfelt and very fun. There are the obvious hits such as Get Another Boyfriend, The Call, and I Promise You (With All That I Am), but all of the songs are worth listening to. I was very happy with the variety of beats, but, FYI, there are many ballads. The Boys have definitely taken their music to the next level, and _Black and Blue_ is a good investment. Even for BSB closet fans, this CD is sure to please. Right after Hansen, these guys are the origionaters of boy bands and they deserve credit. I'm saying Bye Bye Bye to N Sync, the Backstreet Boys are here to stay. If you doubt it, listen to Shape of My Heart. That song just holds a little of what's in store in _Balck and Blue_.

5-0 out of 5 stars KTBSPA!
this album is awsome! all of their songs have a meaning behind them! the best songs on this album are, I Promise You (With Eveyrthing I Am), because the beat is great, and its just a really sweet song, that is easy to love! Time, because teh boys talk about their past before they became teh legendary Backstreet Boys, and also because AJ sounds amazing, but when does he not??). And Lastly Yes I Will, because it a really nice song, and also because AJ wrote it. Its a real personal song, that is easy to love!
So i would defiantely recomend this album to anybody who appreciates good music and talent. The boys definately posess both of these qualities.
P.S. Backstreet Boys were here first! and they will be her last! N*SYNC and all the other little boys groups cant even live up to the Backstreet Boys. They cant even compare! so KTBSPA! ... Read more

Asin: B00005056C


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Christina Aguilera
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 August, 1999)
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Like fellow former Mickey Mouse clubber Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera kicks off her debut album with a teen-lust nugget--in this case, the No. 1 single "Genie in a Bottle"--that the rest of the disc can't possibly live up to. Aguilera has a strong voice, but patterns herself after iffy role models such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Aside from "Genie," most of this music is straight from the cookie cutter, like the less than successfully sultry "When You Put Your Hands on Me" and the Mulan ballad showpiece "Reflection." In chart terms, though, there'll be no stopping her--at least for a while.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

Reviews (886)

5-0 out of 5 stars Past the cynical critics, lies a very enjoyable album
christina, christina, christina!!!She's become one of the hottest superstars in music today, and a fame she truley deserves. HEr 7 million selling debut album "christina aguilera" is a delight to listen to. Christina's voice, often compared to other divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, she truley does not deserve to be compared to fellow teen acts "jessica simpson" and "britney spears" just because her vocal ability rises well above that. Aguilera's voice is so flexible she can imidiatley belt out a low note and go into a "very very high" note with barley any effort, such examples are the Dianne Warren penned "I turn to you" and the R&B flared "so emotional" two of the albums best tracks. This album has it all from catchy hooks like "what a girl wants" and "genie" from the beautiful ballads "love for all seasons" and "I turn to you", to the R&B mid-tempo beats of "when you put your hands on me" and "so emotional" Aguilera proves she is more than a genie in a bottle and the best trick this genie has to offer is her "AMAZING VOICE" and wheather critics accept it or not, this album is very enjoyable to listen to, C'mon she didn't win a Grammy for nothing, this is one talented girl!.

3-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Voice, Bad Songs
Christina Aguilera is a revelation in the sense that she has the best singing voice to come around since Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. But the buck stops there so to speak. A great singing voice can't make up for bad songs. Genie in a Bottle is a great single that deserved all the airplay it got. What a Girl Wants is even better especially towards the end of the song where Aguilera really shows her vocal talents. I Turn to you is a great ballad from perennial ballad writer Diane Warren. So Emotional is so-so. Come on over (All I want is You) is a cute uptempo song. My favorite track on the album, however, is the theme from Mulan - Reflection. This is a very well written ballad that for me was personal and sad. Unfortnately, the album falls flat after the first six tracks. The songs are weak and uninvolving. It seems Aguilera put more effort into the A side of the album and more generic stuff on side B. Even Diane Warren's Somebody's Somebody was weak. I hope Christina continues to enlist Diane Warren as a songwriter on future albums and include David Foster and perhaps Walter Afanasieff. These writers/producers helped make Mariah and Celine what they are today. However, I do hope Christina hones the art of songwriting herself. Not only will her songs be more original, but she will be more respected among music critics and fans alike. I look forward to a Spanish album and Christmas album coming next from Christina and I hope album #2 has better written songs that utilize that voice to its fullest potential. This album was, in ways, a waste of that voice and a disappointment. Still, you got to love the first six tracks. This album has me begging for more!

5-0 out of 5 stars She sounded soulful on here
It amazes me how good she sounded when she recorded this record. The only complaint is that genie in a bottle was a little to poppy for me but the rest of the cd sounds like a young r&b cd. Who gives a damn if she doesn't have a lot of fast songs on the cd, everyone doesn't do the same thing on all cds. Be happy with what she has given you. If it still bothers you, go buy the import with the club remixes of her singles, the cheapest one was like 20 dollars, not too much more than this one. ... Read more

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Godsmack
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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In a post-Seattle Sound rock world, there's still a hunger for music that's dark, dirgelike, and heavy. And the void left by Soundgarden and company is being filled by a spate of bands, including Boston's Godsmack, who even nicked their name from an Alice in Chains song. Like Creed and Days of the New, Godsmack are raging and disenfranchised, as singer Sully Erna's lyrics illustrate: "I am in a living hell / Makes me wonder if I'm alive" or "You're pathetic in your own way / I don't like you anyway." Though the territory being mined isn't new, Godsmack's grungy grooves, potent energy, and strong hooks are irresistible. With a dash of Tool and a smattering of Filter seeping through, Godsmack are on the money, especially on "Whatever," the tantalizing "Get Up, Get Out!," and the strident and syncopated "Bad Religion," on which Erna puts one in mind of James Hetfield. While Godsmack's approach may not be fresh, the foursome's strong songs and powerful energy are still intensely tasty--especially for those with a taste for songs on the sober--but never staid--side. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I hate writing titles.
It took me a while to catch on to Godsmack. I would usually hear them on the radio; songs like "Bad Religion" and "Voodoo". After I saw their incredible live show, I soon ran out and purchased this disc. I liked it. I did not love it. I think this is a cool cd though. Godsmack blends grunge and metal together quite well. Some talk about the repetetive theme("go away", "keep away", "get away") that occurrs throughout the album. That doesn't seem to bother me that much. I think that Sully Erna could sharpen his songwriting skills to make the songs more complex. Some say he sounds like James Hetfield from Metallica; but if you listen to Sully's growls, you'll find that he sounds little like James Hetfield. The guitars, bass, and drums are played well. "Moon Baby" and "Time Bomb" are probably the best songs. "Someone in London" doesn't really seem necessary. I think that the songs on here are considerably durable. This is a pretty good, but not great rock album. I think that the band could've done better if they spent more time on the album. Overall, this cd rocks. I expect more good things for Godsmack. Don't forget Godsmack's new album AWAKE coming out Halloween Day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where it all began again...
Remeber when metal was good? When Metallica's guys still had long hair? When Dave Mustaine and Megadeth were still riffing at Mach 2? When Pantera and Sepultura were in the Top 40? This album, released in 1998, brings it all back. Godsmack, although with their nu-metal and Alice In Chains influences, are one of the saviors of hard rock. This and Awake are the two best heavy metal albums IN HISTORY. When their epynonymous debut came out, it was still underground, but touring and MTV promotion boosted it to shift over 3 million copies. And they haven't sold out. Wow.

The obvious highlight of this album is the haunting tribal closer, "Voodoo". This song is perfect. Starting with a chant, and being augmented and filled with the jungle drums and light riffs, with Sully's poetic rhymes. Other good songs are the hit singles, "Keep Away," "Whatever," and "Bad Religion". Of these, "Whatever" was the big catchy MTV video. "Keep Away" was the sludgy metal anthem, complete w/ guitar solo. It also set the precedent for their entire next album. "Bad Religion" was the fast, quick, hard-hitting track that flows fairly well. That was history. Other noteworthy tracks on the CD are "Moon Baby," the sample-heavy opener, and "Time Bomb," a nice slow track. Sully's really paining to sound like Hetfield on this one, and it works. Now come the downsides:

The lyrics. Here's a recurring theme: "Go Away!" "Keep Away!" "Stay Away!" "Get Away!" "So Far Away" "Now Go Away!" Thankfully they get out of this rut by the time of Awake. Another thing: Tony's solos. Too few and far in between. Robbie. Not enough bass. We need more heavyness! Other than this, and the fact that all the songs sound remarkably similar, the album's a winner. It's better than Awake in that you can actually identify what song you're listening to, but Awake is the overall better album.

All in all, this was the beginning of a new age of metal. In 1998, people looked on in wonder as Godsmack revitalized the maimed corpse of rock music. All those people who down these guys, calling them 'ripoffs' or 'corporate, cheesy, teen-angst rock', you can go back to your Dream Street and Puff Diddy(or whatever his name is now) CD's now, children. Godsmack kick and will rule the future of metal with an iron fist!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great rock album, no frills
No dj, not gimmicks, Godsmack is simply one of the hardest rocking bands in the music scene today and this album is the perfect way to be introduced to them. First heard it being played at a Tower Records and bought on that first listen. A few months later their first single blew up on MTV and it still never gets old.

If you get the chance, see them live too. One of the few bands out there today who know anything about showmanship as opposed to just standing around under dramatic lighting and droning away. ... Read more

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Devil Without a Cause [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 October, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for a "clean" version
I have heard both the unedited and edited versions of this CD, and the unedited version is much better. For example, there are two more songs, and track #7 is much improved. The editing on this CD at least keeps the issue interesting, although in some instances you can still hear the word... Anyway, Kid Rock is a truly talented performer. In "Only God Knows Why", he imitates an 80's metal ballad while sounding like Cher (thanks to the use of vocoders). In "Welcome 2 The Party" (especially the unedited version), he truly captures the spirit of a party. And the list goes on... Rock also is a capable lyricist, although some of his metaphors are rather forgetabble. One shocking fact: The only song without a single edited word is track #9, "Somebody's Gotta Feel This" (although "Bawitdaba" and "I Got One For Ya" come close. Moral: the unedited version is NOT for children.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable CD
I really like this CD. Here's why: It's the kind of CD you can pop in the CD player just for fun and listen to(and enjoy!) each and every song. Not a boring moment! Sure, they can't all be as popular as "Cowboy", "Bawitdaba", or "Only God Knows Why", but each song is good in its own way. I am gonna rate the CD song by song.

Bawitdaba- A great opener! Fat paced, in your face, smash mouth Metal from the start! Great stuff!

Cowboy- His most popular song is one of his best! Cool beginning with the robot voice and it only gets better from there! I like Kid's lyrics.

Devil without a Cause- The title track is one of the longest, but it never gets boring! Listen to the whole thing and you'll be treated to Joe C's hilarious back up vocals!

I am the Bullgod- My favorite track! Opens hard with a gnarly guitar sound and gets better from there! I'm surprised people don't like this as much as Cowboy or Bawitdaba.

Roving Gangster- It has good raps and a cool Chorus. I can just picture Kid Rock rollin' thru town in his stylin' ride.

Wasting time- One of the most underrated songs. It's a very good listen, I think, and one of the very best songs he has ever done!

Welcome 2 The Party- Excellent! Starts off a bit slow but you'll get over it.......hmm, seems like a transformation in rapping style right in the middle of the song. Kid starts off with somewhat playful and soft lyrics but after the second Chorus he goes mad!

I got one for ya- This is one groovy song! I love the last 30 seconds. I always laugh!

Somebody's gotta feel this- I feel it! Great song!

Fist of Rage- Excellent song with a cool chorus!

Only God knows why- This is a beutiful song, even if he if he did have a little help(He was singin' into a vo-coder most of the song)it is a work of art. He lets people know that he is grateful of the things he does have and that he still believes in God.

Where u at Rock?- Good song, but out of place. I would have put this second to last and ended the album with Only God Knows Why.....anyway, it's cool!

I am The Bullgod(Remix)- Funky sounding version of Bullgod. Not better than original but just as good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, just plain awesome
This cd is without question the greatest cd ever recorded

Bawitdaba: Are you kidding me? Nominated for a grammy in 2000 AMAZING SONG! 20/20

Cowboy: SwEeT 19/20

Devil Without A Cause: One of the best Kid Rock song ever made. sweet awesome amazing enough said 20/20

I Am The Bullgod: amazingly awesome 20/20

Roving Gangsta: Sorta ok, but still pretty good 15/20

Wasting Time: FUNNY, GOOD, AWESOME! 20/20

Welcome 2 The Party: really good 18/20

I Got One For Ya: When you buy this cd, just skip this song 2/20

Somebody's Gotta Feel This: Gotta love the football song 20/20

Fist of Rage: Not much to say... 16/20

Only God Knows Why: THE BEST KID ROCK SONG HANDS DOWN 1,00000/20

Where U At Rock: Good, but the I AM THE BULLGOD mix at the end was unnessary 19/20

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Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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The splicing together of nu metal, rap, funk, and sterile electronica laced with dark melodies as infectious as anything Britney has to offer inspired 6 million people to purchase copies of Limp Bizkit's Significant Other. With Chocolate Starfish, they perfect their formula. From the electro-infused "Intro" through the contagiously chugging "My Generation" to the straight-up rap of "Getcha Groove On," Chocolate Starfish is a slick, clinical, and flawless platform for Fred Durst's effortlessly savage--and occasionally unintentionally comic--sociological rants geared toward disaffected youth. Ultimately, though, it's that undeniably intelligent musical backdrop--the brooding guitar sound that gave the Mission Impossible 2 theme haunting new life and menace, and that defines "Hot Dog," "Full Nelson," "My Way," "Rollin'," "Boiler," and "It'll Be Okay"--that makes this a seething work of genius. The fact is, with rap and rock saying pretty much the same thing, Limp Bizkit have plenty of competition. They just do what they do better than everyone else. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizket has lost their touch
The best Limp Bizket album of all time is by far 3 dolla bill. All following albums have been mediocre and satisfy nothing more then the pure MTV neo hardcore audience that want to be with the "in crowd" at junior high school. Just attend a Limp Bizket concert and you will see amazingly young people running scared from the mosh pits with wild eyed fear. Lord knows they then go home to tell their friends that they had "a BLAST" at the show, "moshed the entire show" and "almost got into a fight with a two ton gorilla." The CD does show some effort however with catchy guitar work and reasonably decent mixed backbeats, but thats about the extent of it. Fred Durst is in with the whole Carson Daily, Kid Rock, Eminem TRL crowd that everyone seems to love today. In other words Durst is the Christina Aguilera of hard rock/rap core and it was quite fitting to see them together on stage at this years MTV Video Music Awards. If you want a truly innovative CD I recommend Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory, any Deftones CD, Taproot - Gift (Fred Durst doesnt much like Taproot for some reason *shrug*), or any Pitchshifter cd. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars I dunno about this one
There is no doubt that this album will have heads banging all over America and from what I have seen, the UK. The band have selected to smash out a heavier more metal sound on many of these tracks, ie. full nelson, hot dog and rollin' (air raid vehicle). Any Bizkit fan will love these. They have also put in there mellow but heavy bass tracks, ie. livin' it up, my way, and the one. However, the lyrics to these tracks stay typically Limp, rapping and singing about how damn f'ing good they are at partying and rockin'. Now i am not against this but maybe a change in lyrics might be nice. But my main complaint of this album is there move into DR. Dre type rap, not what Bizkit are about at all, no better example than 'getcha groove on', which is very cheesy and typical. Almost gangster rap.

My main worry about Bizkit is their future. It is plainly obvious that they are goin' to sell out. I bought this album in a supermarket alongside the new Spice Girls CD. Not what i would expect. BIZKIT, FOR THE REAL FANS, PLEASE DON'T SELL OUT.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best limp bizkit album ever!!!!!!!!!!
1.intro-9/10 very good beat in the intro.fred did a good job on this intro.has the alien voices in it,there are pretty good.<br /> 2.hot dog-8/10 this song is good.good beat and guitar sounds.this song would have had 10/10 but it got 8 because the lyrics are nothing but the F word over and over again.He says it 48 times in this song.<br /> 3.my generation-10/10 AWESOME song.everything in this song is good.<br /> 4.full nelson-9/10 this song is pretty good.fred sings about how he was bullied all the time and how he would knock anybody out who picked on him.this song will pump you up to fight anyone who messes with you.good song though.<br /> 5.my way-10/10 absolute awesome song!!!lyrics,beats,guitar,everything in this song is great!<br /> 6.rollin {air raid vehicle}-100/10 The best song on this album!!!!!great for when your cruising around in your car.everything in the song iS GREAT.<br /> 7.livin' it up-9/10 a good rap and rock song.beat is alright.guitar is absolutely awesome!lyrics are awesome too.<br /> 8.the one-5/10 this song is ok.not rock or rap.not much to say about this song.<br /> 9.getcha groove on-10/10 very good rap song.fred and xzibit did a great job on this song.great beat and lyrics.<br /> 10.take a look around-9/10 the classic mission impossible song.beat and guitar is great.lyrics are alright.it's pretty good.<br /> 11.it'll be ok-7/10 this song is not bad.everything but the lyrics are good.lyrics are slow.<br /> 12.boiler-3/10 this song isn't really good.all it's about is fred's problems.<br /> 13.hold on-4/10 this song is fair.that's all i can say.<br /> 14.rollin [urban assualt vehicle]-10/10 great remix.fred,dmx,red man and method man did a good job with this song.this is the rap version.very good song.<br /> 15.outro-6/10 great outro.just like the intro.it's good until they start talking.the guy that starts the talking is annoying.<br /> <br /> <br /> WARNING:I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THE EXPLICIT VERSION OF THIS ALBUM.THE EDITED VERSION SOUNDS LIKE CRAP.HOT DOG IS ALMOST NOTHING BUT INSTRUMENTAL.TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /> ... Read more

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Country Grammar
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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With the No Limit and Cash Money crews having permanently seared the once-ignored Deep South into the hip-hop map, Nelly arrives to make a mark for the heretofore uncelebrated St. Louis scene. After outlining the rules of the game from lifestyle (gats, grass, and sex) to wardrobe (he cuffs his jeans like Beaver Cleaver), the rapper offers scenario after scenario depicting the gangsta world as one big party; he and his crew seem much more interested in fellatio than shootouts. The title single, which preceded this CD's release by months, is the clear standout with its low-rider groove, but the midtempo R&B-flavored flows of "Utha Side," "Greed, Hate & Envy," and "Steal Da Show" are also seductive.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just How Good is Nelly's Country Grammar
This rapper needs no introduction. Just in the first week Nelly sold over 1,000,000 copies of his new album "Country Grammar." Since then he has spent his time up in the secend and third slots on the billboards and currently has the second most sales. This soundtrack includes 17 hot tracks including his smash hit "Country Grammar." Also appearances from the St. Lunatics, Cedric The Entertainer and the one and only Lil Wayne. This is not a cd with only one smash hit and the rest is trash. All the songs have incredible rhymes from the New and rising star Nelly and all have great beats and rhythms. E.I., St. Louie, For My, Greed,Hate,Envy and Tho Dem Wrappers are also future smash hits. I think this is the best album out, and Nelly is one of the most talented rappers out there. Go out and get this album. Keep on watching DFX on MTV cause Nelly's new song E.I. just was world premeired. Nelly keep on doing ya thang and watch out eminem.

5-0 out of 5 stars ***NELLY PUTS ST. LOUIS ON THE RAP MAP. ***
Who went 5x platinum? Who put St. Louis on the rap map? Who spent 5 straight weeks at #1 on the charts? Who won the 2001 Soul train award for best Rap/R&B new artist? Who has the tighest crew? Who represents St. Louis and where he's from in every one of his music videos? Who had the best live performances on DFX and 106 and Park?

The answer to all these questions is simply Cornell Haynes a.k.a. Nelly. The debut album "Country Grammar" by nelly is to good to be true. It's the perfect debut ever put out by an artist. It was the best thing that happened all summer. When I first heard Nelly's first hit "Country Grammar" I was watching Hot Zone on MTV. The song and video blew me away. This album is a mixture of rap and R&B blend. Each track has great St. Louis style with tight rhymes and crazy beats. There's 17 hot tracks featuring Nelly's crew the St. Lunatics. Along with Nelly your getting Kejuan, Ali, Murphy Lee and City Spud. Also Cash Money Millionaire rapper Lil Wayne is featured on the track "For My" and skits done by the comedian Cedric The Entertainer. All the tracks are incredible, but the best are:

"Greed Hate Envy" "Country Grammar" "For My" "E.I" "Luven Me" "Tho Dem Wrappas" and "Wrap Sumden."

This album in my opinion is the best album of 2000-2001 and maby still the best album 3 years from now. It really deserves 7 stars. If you don't have this album make sure you pick it up. LOOK FOR THE RELEASE OF ST. LUNATICS ALBUM IN SPRING OR SUMMER. You heard it right from a huge Nelly fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nelly's Only Good One
In my opinion, this is Nelly's only good cd. He's had good singles since this album, but the albums that they're on are horrible. "Greed, Hate, Envy" is one of the coolest songs on the album. All the singles(you already know which ones) are really good. "Luven Me" is a nice song about his mom and is one of the best on the album. "Steal the Show" is almost a St. Lunatics freestyle, but it still delivers tight stuff. ... Read more

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