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The Block (Deluxe Edition)

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Product Summary

Format: CD
Rakuten.com Sku: 208666355
UPC: 602517814035
UPC 14: 00602517814035
Release Date: 9/2/2008
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The brand new New Kids on the Block album was really sparked when Donnie Wahlberg was in New York for a costume fitting for the upcoming film Righteous Kill that finds him living out another life-long dream by acting in a film alongside two of his greatest heroes, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as well as 50 Cent. Finding himself around the block, Wahlberg visited the office of his longtime music lawyer who handed him a demo tape of a young singer-songwriter name Nazeree. Since the days of New Kids -- and his time producing hits in the early Nineties for his brother Mark as Markey Mark and The Funky Bunch -- Wahlberg has been handed a mountain of demos in his time and he took the offering with absolutely no expectations.

Putting the CD on while driving a few days later, Wahlberg heard two songs that spoke to him powerfully. "I got in the car in Boston on my birthday and I popped it in," he recalls." The first song was called "Click, Click, Click" and from the minute it started, it just grabbed me. I kept waiting for this kid to falter, but he never did. Not only that -- I immediately recognized that Joey McIntryre is going to love this record, Jordan Knight is going to love this record and I love this record. The music speaks to all of our sensibilities, but they're all totally different. It was hip-hop and honest enough for me. It was soulful enough for Jordan and pop and unselfish enough for Joe. It just had it all. I spent the next few hours driving up to girls at red lights and playing them the song. They said, `Is that your song?' I said `Not yet.'"

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   New Kids On The Bloc
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote New Kids on the Block: Donnie Wahlberg (programming); Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight.
Muze PNote Personnel: New Kids on the Block (background vocals); RedOne (various instruments, programming, background vocals); Fernando Garibay (various instruments, programming); Rickrock, Hakim Abdulsamad, Adam Messinger, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Aaron Pearce (various instruments); Emanuel Kiriakou (keyboards, programming); Joe Wolfe (keyboards); Tyler Thurmond (programming); Zukhan Bey (drum programming); Nasri Atweh, Joaquin Bynum, New Edition , Teddy Riley, The Pussycat Dolls (background vocals).
Muze PNote Programmer: Fernando Garibay.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Chris Godbey; Jean-Marie Horvat; Robert Orton; Adam Messinger.
Muze PNote Recording information: AMP Room, Nashville, TN; Bristol Studios, Boston, MA; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cybersound Studios, Boston, MA; G2 Studios, Hollywood, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Hit Factory, Miami, FL; House Of Hits West, Studio City, CA; Night Bird Studio At The Sunset, West Hollywood, CA; No Excuses Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Sanctum Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Sunland Music Studio, Gambia; ZAC Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Muze PNote Editors: Matty Green; Pat Thrall.
Muze PNote Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Muze PNote Arranger: Fernando Garibay.
Muze PNote One of the pioneering and best-loved boy bands of the 1980s, the New Kids on the Block in their prime represented rosy-cheeked cuteness and innocent puppy love. In the long, album-less interim between 1994's FACE THE MUSIC and 2008's THE BLOCK, the Kids did a lot of growing up. The intervening 14 years have rubbed the teenaged glow off the group's sound and sensibility, and replaced it with a club-oriented vibe that is more concerned with sexing its listeners up than charming them with nostalgia.
Muze PNote From the opener "Click Click Click," which details a homemade photo shoot, it's clear that the emphasis is on adult themes, while "Grown Man" and "Big Girl Now" also sing the praises of adult fun. The album's sonic make-up is taken from contemporary R&B, radio-ready hip-hop, and digitized club music (the solo releases of fellow boy-band alum Justin Timberlake seems to be a touchstone), and a roster of guests, including Akon, Lady Gaga, and the Pussycat Dolls, help update THE BLOCK. The Kids don't bear much resemblance to their old selves, but longtime fans may still thrill to hear their favorite boy band back again.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/02/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001179572
Music Label Name Label : Interscope (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517814035

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