You might've heard of pop sensations the Backstreet Boys, who made quite a splash from 1998 to 2001. Of course, following Newton's laws of physics, what goes up must come down, so they're on hiatus I guess, while the individual members do whatever the hell it is boy band members do in their spare time.
Nick Carter decided to make his own album. You'd think that idea would fail miserably, and I admit it was only morbid curiousity that made me check out this album in the first place, but it seems that 1/5 of the Backstreet Boys doesn't mean 1/5 the talent, just 1/5 the cloying sentimentalism that fuels the BSB's massive sales to pre-pubescent girls.
Anyway, Mr. Carter has a pleasant raspy Bryan Adams-esque voice, at least when he's not trying to be 'soulful' or whatever (and for those that complain about them not writing their own songs, he's credited as co-writing five of these).
The production is your typical shiny soulless 00's pop sound, though thankfully a couple of songs break that mold, most notably the catchy-as-fug "Blow Your Mind", which manages to shoehorn in some vaguely techno-ish backing with polite-loud guitars. Unfortunately the other song that deviates from the norm is the headache-inducing clattering racket of "I Just Wanna Take You Home".
The rest of the material is fairly rote, and generally lives or dies on the strength of the melodies. "Do I Have to Cry For You" and "Heart Without a Home" are a couple of nice power-ballads, "Is It Saturday Yet?" is enjoyable enough in spite of the rather stupid lyrics, and oh yeah, there's "Girls in the USA", absolutely the worst thing on this disc.
There are about half-a-dozen other songs which I won't go into here, but suffice to say I was surprised by the overall lack of um, suckiness. The album's fairly plastic, and it does make it kind of jarring to go back to listening to real music afterwards, but hell, I'm not afraid to say I liked Now or Never
by Reviewer: Cole Reviews
Posted: Friday 1st Jul 2016 1:13 PM
Like a lot of people (I would think), I first became familiar with The Pointer Sisters during their electro-eighties phase, with such hits as "Jump (For My Love)", "So Excited", "Automatic" and "Neutron Dance" dominating radio.
I never bought their albums at the time, but when I started buying vinyl as a hobby, rather than just because I liked a song or two someone released, I found their albums in cheap second hand shops, including their late seventies work, all of which I thought were reasonable, without any taking my breath away. I never came across their first four albums, so recently I thought it was time to track them down, being the completist I am, and I've eventually found them on vinyl through my trusty ebay.
I had doubts that I would really think they're all that great (or, maybe, just not my style), but this debut has certainly taken me off guard!
With a mixture of styles such as jazz, doo-wop, soul and funk, this is damn good stuff, the Sisters (numbering four at the time) showing terrific vocal delivery and harmonious pleasure, along with truly vibrant performances from the accompanying musicians. Highlights include the opening "Yes We Can Can", "Cloudburst", "River Boulevard", "That's How I Feel" and, most of all, the concluding cover of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle". Man, forget about "Neutron Dance", that song is dynamic!
I don't know what the next three records are going to be like, and this certainly isn't a perfect record itself; "Jada" doesn't do much for me. But there's no doubt The Pointer Sisters
is one of the group's best efforts. It's certainly taken me by surprise. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor
Posted: Friday 1st Jul 2016 8:44 PM