The Block

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Most of The Block is a reasonable enough approximation of faceless club pop, complete with standard-issue guest stars (the Pussycat Dolls, Timbaland) and out-of-left-field rap bridges.
  2. Good or bad, everything here sounds like a lesser version of someone else.
  3. The Block bears no distinguishing marks aside from a compulsion for sex, sex, sex with a lover whose name, apparently, is Girl.
  4. The catchiest tune on The Block is ‘Summertime’, and in dignity terms it’s Cohen-meets-Waits compared to their hyperactive teen-pop of old.
  5. Surprisingly, it’s a light and catchy bunch of convincing hip-hop- and R&B-influenced Timberlake-esque club pop.
  6. 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 half.com and pick up a copy of 1994’s "Face the Music"--you’ll be very pleasantly surprised), this album is only great in spots.
  7. The Block falters when the New Kids try to have it both ways.
  8. There's a lot to like on The Block, even if it doesn't stand a chance of being heard as anything so simple.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. JeffreyB.
    Nov 29, 2008
    7
    Its just "OK". Seriously, Face the Music is still one of the best R&B/Pop albums around. Whether you like the New Kids or not, measure their Its just "OK". Seriously, Face the Music is still one of the best R&B/Pop albums around. Whether you like the New Kids or not, measure their careers on that album, because their other material doesn't even come close. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 12, 2009
    10
    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. 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! Full Review »
  3. bradb
    Mar 18, 2009
    10
    Incredible. Give these KIDS a chance.