The Block - New Kids on the Block
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  • Summary: Fourteen years since their last studio record, the Kids are back with their newest album on the Interscope label.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Believe it or not, though, they've got the right stuff.
  2. While the New Kids are definitely capable of making a great album (seriously...if you’re an R&B or pop fan, go to a used record store or and pick up a copy of 1994’s "Face the Music"--you’ll be very pleasantly surprised), this album is only great in spots.
  3. Surprisingly, it’s a light and catchy bunch of convincing hip-hop- and R&B-influenced Timberlake-esque club pop.
  4. The Block bears no distinguishing marks aside from a compulsion for sex, sex, sex with a lover whose name, apparently, is Girl.
  5. Good or bad, everything here sounds like a lesser version of someone else.
  6. Like "Red Carpet Massacre," The Block is proof that it requires more than the best producers and songwriters to make good pop music

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 12, 2009
    This truly is a great album! A tremendous show of how they have matured and their music has as well. It's one great song after another. I have tricked my husband & friends by making them hear the songs before telling them who it's performed by and every one of them loved what they heard! Expand
  2. Tracy
    Oct 4, 2008
    Unbelievable! Once a fan, always a fan. For all of those who sai they were a joke ans we were a joke...I guess we get the last laugh!
  3. HeatherD.
    Sep 6, 2008
    This album is awesome.
  4. TiffanyR.
    Oct 28, 2008
    This album rocks. I am addicted to it and I can't stop listening to it. The concert as wasesome as well. I love Dirty Dancing.
  5. MelanieM.
    Oct 20, 2008
    I was an NKOTB fan back then and while I was a bit skeptical, I, as a 29 year old am falling in love all over again- with the music. I am no longer a child and don't care for bubblegum pop! Had they delievered more of the same, I'd have been very disappointed. NKOTB have grown into men and they're singing to their core fan base- GROWN (SEXY) WOMEN! Summertime is a nostalic piece that is good for just that, but the best tracks are Grown Man, Big Girl, Click Click Click, Single, Full Service and 2 in the Morning. Hands down! Honestly though, even the fillers are solid tracks. I bet if you'd listened to the album not knowing who it was you'd have liked it. I did just that to a male friend of mine and he was shocked cause he was totally into it! Open your minds people! Expand
  6. RachelB.
    Oct 17, 2008
    Being a big fan when I was 14 I was worried that the new album wouldn't stand up to my adult tastes. My worries were for not as the album is really good, i even have co-workers stopping in my office and asking who's playing on my laptp!! Expand
  7. DirkDiggler
    Sep 4, 2008
    I doubt the LA Times writer would agree to the 100 rating that MetaCritic assigned to his review. It was a 70 at best.

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