If you are having some doubts about purchasing this album, you should definitely think about putting them to the side. I was really hoping that New Kids were going to come back with something good but wasn't sure if it was going to happen. I was so surprised when I first heard this. It's brilliant and I've found myself replaying the songs again and again, just to get more out of them each time!
This is not your average New Kids on the Block album ... it is completely updated, modern and most important, more mature. Songs like 'Big Girl Now', 'Grown Man' and 'Summertime' are lyrically targeted at faithful fans from back in the day (yeah I was one myself) which is a great homage to all those fans. However, putting that all aside, this is also worth a listen from those who are new to them. I can't really fault any of the R'n'b/dance inspired tracks and with collaborations from Ne-Yo, Akon, New Edition, The Pussycat Dolls and Teddy Riley, this album packs a punch. Yes, even the slower songs! There are no sweet and cheesy songs present here, they have truly found a new edge that delivers.
I would seriously recommend this album to anyone! Also, the extra songs on the Australian import are worth it for those willing to spend the extra cash.
(It's important to note that this version does not have the song 'Close To You' on it like the original. However it has the extra songs 'Don't Cry', 'Officially Over' and 'Looking Like Danger' on it instead).