A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that believe it or not, the original boy band has reunited, and this time they're all grown up. There's a lot of sexual innuendo and implications -- getting a dirty groove on the dance floor, making a sex tape, a little masochism, giving some "grown man" and "sexifying" love -- so it's not the pegged-pants-clean-quintet of yesteryear.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Even if you weren't an NKOTB fan back in the day, (c'mon, it's OK to admit it if you were) you'll find yourself rooting for the grown-up boy band from Boston. Instead of a lame reunion on the MTV Awards, Jordan, Joey, Donnie, Danny, and Jonathan decided to do it their way, in the studio first. With contemporary synth work and their classic vocal talents, NKOTB has given something fans -- both old and new alike -- can enjoy and relate to, albeit a little bit sexier this time around. "Summertime", the first single, is a nostalgic, easy-beat mix boasting their still-sweet harmonies. The soulful "Grown Man" (with the Pussycat Dolls), "Twisted" (Timbaland), and "Full Service" are seductive, sexy grooves that stay in your head, and 30-something fans will get a kick out of "Dirty Dancing" when it refers to the beloved, classic lovebirds Baby and Swayze. A few songs, including a simple love ballad are more a taste of the old NKOTB for those still pining, but the rest of the album is a modern, sleeker style -- with club beats and all. Like fine wine, NKOTB has definitely improved with age, and they've proven they still have the right stuff.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the buzz that always surrounds a band "reuniting." In the case of NKOTB, do you think the majority of society wants to see them succeed or fail, as has-beens? Why? Do you think their style can translate into today's music? What do you think about a band who changes their style to fit the popular brand?