by New Kids on the BlockNew Kids on the Block


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Timed to coincide with a summer 2017 tour, Thankful gives the New Kids on the Block faithful a brief blast of new music. It's not a full LP -- it's just an EP, which is enough to freshen a set list. Canny veteran act that they are, they know that the key to their continued success is to balance the past with the present, something they do in varying ways over the course of five songs. To seem modern, they'll thread fresher rhythmic ideas into their ballads, but those songs are odes to lasting love, just as the title track can be read as a tip of the hat to the fans who have stayed with the group over the years. This is clever but it's overshadowed a bit by "Still Sounds Good," a crass and bewildering exercise in nostalgia where NKOTB interpolate Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" over the riff from Nena's "99 Luftballons." It's silly, but it gives the otherwise slow EP a burst of energy, as does the delightfully funky "Hard (Not Luvin U), easily the liveliest thing here. It has a pulse but the ballads are expertly executed, so this EP winds up as a polished and satisfying piece of product.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2017
Label: Nkotb Music, Llc
UPC: 5060454948926
catalogNumber: 3
Rank: 13376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Kids on the Block   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gabe Lopez   Composer,Producer
Donnie Wahlberg   Composer
Joe McIntyre   Producer
Brent Paschke   Composer,Producer
Damon Sharpe   Composer
Eric Sanicola   Composer
Sarah Hudson   Composer
Jared Lee   Composer
Gabe Lopez   Composer
Joseph McIntyre   Composer
Drew Ryan Scott   Composer
Carlo Karges   Composer
Lars Halvor Jensen   Producer,Vocal Engineer
Rob Persaud   Composer,Producer
Joern Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen   Composer
Tanya White   Composer
Lee Anna McCollum   Composer
Jussi Karvinen   Composer
James Abrahart   Composer
Jesse Saint John   Composer
Jussifer   Producer
Kelvin Parker   Composer,Producer
Demetrius L. Bledsoe   Composer

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