New Kids On The Block "10" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:44:20
"I like the new you," Donnie Wahlberg croons on "Remix I Like The", the first single from New Kids on the Block's, 10.
He could very well be talking about his group's latest record. 10 feels unequivocally and undeniably "new". It's not the work of a pop juggernaut reaching for past glories; it's the epic vision of five musicians whose feet are firmly planted in the future and are still leading the pack. That's the most magical and marvelous thing about 10. It's New Kids On The Block's best album to date and a 21st century pop milestone.
"We Own Tonight" builds elegantly from orchestral production into a swooping refrain. It's an a propos opener to the epic to follow. Then, there's "Remix I Like The", which stands proudly alongside the Boston quintet's hottest hits. Joey McIntyre exudes effusive swagger as he delivers each note with the bombast and brilliance of a legend. He and Wahlberg volley back and forth seamlessly as the beat pulsates beneath them. The harmonies on "Take My Breath Away" simply shimmer as Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood all showcase their impressive pipes. These boys are the original pop super group, and they wear that badge proudly.
"Fighting Gravity" floats into spacey soul territory, while "Miss You More" replaces distance with a warm hook and a slick melody. Their delicate balance of R&B, pop, and rock has never felt so tempered and tight. It's as if the New Kids machine has ultimately benefitted from over two decades, gaining steam instead of slowing down.
Then, there's "Now Or Never". It's sunny propulsive pop that's got all kinds of cinematic potential. Everything culminates on the final ballad "Survive You". There's a doo-wop undercurrent that bristles just beneath the big, bombastic hook.
Everything is as "new" as it as ever was with New Kids On The Block.
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Pick up 10 in stores and on iTunes April 2, 2013! Pre-order it here!
Watch the Video for "Remix I Like The"