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July 29th, 2014
So, are you all excited about the “new” *NSYNC album that dropped today? You’re not?! You must not have heard about it then. Don’t feel bad, because neither did *NSYNC themselves.
On Tuesday, Sony Legacy Records dropped The Essential *NSYNC, a collection of 34 greatest hits from Justin Timberlake’s former boy band. The only thing that didn’t seem essential was actually telling JT & Co. about its release. Lance Bass took time out of his busy schedule doing, uh, something to tweet this:
Then Lance tweeted this from the band’s official Twitter account:
Looks like Lance isn’t too happy about the record company’s *NSYNC cash grab, and truthfully, after looking at the CD’s track list we kinda have to agree.
No doubt, *NSYNC had a lot of hits in the late 90’s and early 00’s. There are certain tracks that will belong on every *NSYNC greatest hits CD from here until the end of time. Like Bye Bye Bye, It’s Gonna Be Me, the haunting and beautiful Gone and my personal fave, Tearin’ Up My Heart. Still SO good.
Then there are other *NSYNC songs that could and should be totally forgotten, but somehow ended up on this “essential” collection. “Essential” to us implies “popular”, “successful” and “important” tracks in the band’s catalogue. Not filler, which this collection is FULL of.
Let’s take a look at the five most un-essential tracks on The Essential *NSYNC album:
Music Of My Heart
*NSYNC were really great at ballads, but this one has always been unbearably cheesy. It doesn’t help that it was also featured in a really bad movie. Definitely not essential listening to us.
On The Line – Featuring The On The Line All-Stars / Lance Bass / Joey Fatone / Mandy Moore / Christian Burns & True Vibe
Speaking of really, really bad movies, remember On The Line? That movie that somehow starred Lance Bass, out of all possible *NSYNC members? We don’t blame you if you don’t, but the movie also had a soundtrack and this was the only single released from it. It features Mandy Moore (who I actually love), one of the members of BBMak (remember them?) and True Vibe (WHO?) But you know who the song doesn’t feature? Justin or JC. An *NSYNC single without Justin or JC is pretty pointless and usually not memorable.
More Than A Feeling
Nothing screams “FILLER” on a greatest hits album more than a cover, especially if it’s one that no one even remembers. *NSYNC slowed down Boston’s biggest hit More Than a Feeling back on their 1997 debut album, and the record company felt it necessary to remind us of its existence in the year 2014. We didn’t need to be reminded. At all.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
REALLY??? This is embarrassing on many number of levels. Where is this song even from? It’s not from any of *NSYNC’s full-length albums, so it must have been a one-off single somewhere. Where, we couldn’t actually tell you. Why it would be included on any greatest hits collection is completely baffling. Maybe they included it because it’s one of the rare *NSYNC songs that features lead vocals by members other than Justin and JC, this time being Chris. *Sidenote: does this song remind anyone else of this almost instantly?
Believe In Yourself – TV Version, from Sesame Street
Okay okay, this is pretty adorable. There’s a lot to like about *NSYNC singing with Elmo, but including this on a greatest hits collection is a bit of a stretch.
Despite the entire second disc being full of non-hits and filler, we’re sure The Essential *NSYNC will still sell a boatload of copies. It’s already out of stock on Amazon, and its release is likely to send once and present *NSYNC fans straight to iTunes to download their favourite tracks. Speaking of which, why didn’t this make the cut?Tweet