A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album finds teen-pop sensations *NSYNC (Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick) a lot closer to Chasez and Timberlake's previous style in the '90s-era Mickey Mouse Club than to, say, Timberlake's notorious Super Bowl wardrobe-malfunction bodice-ripping scene with Janet Jackson from a few years later. References to shaking one's booty on the dance floor is about as wild as it gets here, though parents may roll their eyes at some of the shallow values -- for example, the singer in "In Makes Me Ill" dissing his ex's new guy because of his lack of fashion sense.
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What's the story?
The second album by boy-band sensation *NSYNC sold a million copies on its first day of release and went on to be the best-selling album of 2000. With several hit singles, including \"Bye Bye Bye,\" \"It's Gonna Be Me,\" and \"This I Promise You,\" as well as a bevy of danceable tracks and a sweet a capella ballad, \"I Thought She Knew,\" No Strings Attached showcases the talents of each member and allows Justin, Joey, JC, Chris, and Lance to shine. The late Lisa \"Left Eye\" Lopes of TLC makes a guest appearance on \"Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay).\"
Is it any good?
As a group and later in their solo careers, the members of *NSYNC didn't get much love from the critics, but the millions of fans who bought this album when it came out didn't seem to mind fluffy pop with more than a bit of attitude. If you're looking for deep thought, look elsewhere; this is essentially high-quality bubble gum. But the boys are having fun and spreading it around -- the tunes are catchy, the harmonies great. Some of the dance tracks, which will probably have parents of a certain age flashing back to Saturday Night Fever, are tailor-made for tween girls' party soundtracks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different styles and moods of these songs -- which ones would you use for party music or when you're hanging out being silly with your friends, and which ones when you're feeling a little more serious?
Have you seen Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez in the old Mickey Mouse Club videos?
While all of the guys in the group have continued to work in show business, Lance Bass has pursued space exploration and done work for charities. If you had incredible financial success at the same age these young men did, what would you do with the options it gave you?
What do you think of Justin Timberlake's music now compared with what it was like in *NSYNC?