No Strings Attached

Music review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Best-selling album of 2000 still a safe bet for tween girls.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Most of the tracks on this album are about fairly empty-headed fun, but some show a more serious side. "This I Promise You" and "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" celebrate steadfastness in relationships. "I Thought She Knew" belatedly realizes the dangers of taking people and their feelings for granted.

Positive Role Models & Representations

They don't call these guys a boy band for nothing. It would be a mistake to expect a high level of maturity in these songs, but there is nothing sinister here to strike fear into a parent's heart, either. They may be all about having fun, but it's age-appropriate.


As alumni of the Mickey Mouse Club, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez were products of the starmaker machinery and its attendant hawking of consumer products long before this group came into being. Likewise, in its heyday, *NSYNC's management was as relentless as any teen-pop sensation's in mining every possible product opportunity. However, the music itself is free of such issues, and kids may listen to the album's tunes without being solicited to buy other wares.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywhitemagetifa May 12, 2012

Good Songs for all ages

I listen to most of the songs and i think its Okay for kids back when i was 11 i listen to them and now im 22 and i say i would let my kids listen to them.
Adult Written bylacey92 May 7, 2012

Some songs not ok for kids

I'm 18 and I've owned this cd ever since my childhood. I just listened it for the first time in a long time last week. I would say that this isn'... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 April 27, 2012

I like this :D

I was hoping CSM would review this! Anyway, nothing's iffy except for one song CSM missed: "Digital Get Down". It's about, well...cyber sex.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFabulousMe April 20, 2012

Great for boy band lovers!

This album is pretty good. I started listening to *NSYNC long after they were really big. Justin is now more of an actor and most of the other band members ar... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: *NSYNC
  • Release date: March 21, 2000
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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