Black & Blue

  • Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2000
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 68
  2. Negative: 4 out of 68

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  1. Ryan
    Mar 28, 2002
    6
    Amazing combination of ballads and upbeat songs. I really like the ballad It's True and the song Answer to Our Life. But going back to the basic formula of cheesiness isn't really cool. Bad move.
  2. MattM
    Jul 7, 2002
    5
    I really liked the single "Shape Of My Heart" so I bought the album. It's very disappointing in most respects. The upbeat pop standards are all that work on this album. The ballads are really sticky and incredibly sappy. The guys are all very talented, but their material needs to be better.
  3. MattM.
    Jul 28, 2001
    4
    The album's pop standards are catchy and fun, but the ballads are overly cheesy and could put Michael Bolton to shame. Not a musical success by any means.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Beyond ballads, "Black & Blue" crackles with funk-inflected uptempo ditties that are notable for their rough edges.
  2. Unfortunately, over a third of the songs on this album are ballads, and most of them are fillers at that.
  3. The sound has changed little, and the level of emoting none. Still, thunderous grooves such as Everyone and Shining Star continue to be virtually irresistible, while the quieter moments, including the hit single Shape Of My Heart will wow the ladies and the more sensitive gents for a while yet