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It time again for our old school review! And this week we are taking it Larger than Life because we are reviewing the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 album “Millennium”.

Background: This album is the one that literally set them up for stardom. Their 1st album (fun fact: Our version of their 1st album was their 2nd album internationally) wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything compared to “Millennium”. Album came  in May 18, 1999. Their single “I Want It that Way” (we will get to that later), set up the hype for this album and it made everyone excited for this album to come out. Overall, this album is pretty much the best album they have ever put out. It was Number 1 on the Billboard 200 for 10 week straight. It shattered records all over the place and spawned 4 hit singles (“I Want It That Way”, “Larger than Life”, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, and “The One”).

What worked?: The whole album was pretty much a gift that just keeps on giving. Every song on this album is listenable and likable. It pretty much a classic and what you would expect from a 90’s boy band. What makes it better is that Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson co-wrote many of the songs on the album, which makes the album better. The order of the songs on the album is pretty much amazing because flows nice.

What didn’t work?: The song “The Perfect Fan” is a song that shouldn’t have made it on the album. I know it’s written for Brian’s mom but it just doesn’t work with this album. It doesn’t fit the overall feel of the album and it doesn’t end the album right. It would have worked on their next album “Black & Blue” and it probably would have helped saved that album (because it sucked).

Overall impression?: if you can get your hands on this album then I would highly recommend it because you will not regret it!

I Want it That Way

Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely

Rating: 5 Backstreet Boys of 5

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Ray-J…well, he hit it first

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So by now, you’ve must have heard the fact that Ray J,Kim Kardashian’s ex and the little bro of Brandy, recently did a song about her called “I hit it first” (wonderful title right? I heard Chris Brown thought of it but gave to him) and the single cover is a pixelated photo of the Kardashian in a bikini (Ray J, you are one classy and clever fellow).  While the Kim/Kanye camp haven’t commented on this, aka Kris Jenner hasn’t sent out the Kardashian Mafia, it’s gotta some major publicity. It’s been like a week since the single has dropped and while we here at the Pop Project refuse to review it because we felt dirty like Xtina, we will comment on it. So here is the first ever Pop Project Dissection of Ray J’s newest single “I hit it first”.

So let’s start with the song title and cover because it’s going to be the most fun! So as I stated before, the title is “I hit it first”. The title of this song is basically Ray J stating to the world that “he had sex with Kim”. I pretty sure that the world knows about the fact that Ray J had sex with Kim because of the sex tape that they did because that tape is the main reason we see Kim and her family on our television screens each and everyday. So there is no need, or want for us, to be reminded that he had sex with Kim first because we thank him every time we see her (by thank, I mean want to harm). And let’s be real people, Kim probably wasn’t even a virgin when she and Ray J had sex because she lived through the 90s and everyone know the only thing virginal about the 90s was “Full House” and that was only on for half of it. So Ray J, you in fact didn’t “hit it” first but rather probably second. Anyways, this is what the cover of the single is and the un-pixelated photo:

I don’t know who in the hell Ray J was trying to fool with this cover but it didn’t work (especially in this day and age). You might as well have just posted the DVD cover of the sex tape because that would have worked better than this pixelated cover because it’s so hard to unpixelate something. You are just asking for trouble when you do this, especially with the Kardashians! They will cut a bitch and not think twice about it. So yeah, so far Ray J, you just look like an asshole and Kim looks like the victim and We,the people, feel bad for her (there’s a first time for everything).

Now, it’s time to go over the lyrics because there isn’t a song without lyrics. Sadly, at the time of this post-there wasn’t any lyrics posted 🙁 So instead, here is the song. Listen to it. I’m sorry for wasting your time with this song:

Now that you listened to it….yeah, it’s pretty obvious that Ray J is still not over Kim. This song is basically him telling his “bros” about his accomplishments (Dude, they probably already know. The sex tape has been out for years)

According this site, Ray J said that it wasn’t about Kimmie K. he stated:

”It’s a song, it’s not about that. They just gotta keep it on the surface. I’m not trying to create no war, it’s all love; we’re doing music.”

Hmmm well Ray J, if it wasn’t about Kim Kardashian then you shouldn’t have put her on your single cover pixelated, made a line in the song that says “She might move on to rappers and ballplayers/But we all know I hit it first” and then sang “If you were to come back to me, girl/We’ll make another movie”. That to me sounds like all stuff Kim Kardashian has done unless she has a cloned.

So yeah, That’s pretty much it. Ray J’s song makes him look like a scumbag and we all feel bad for a Kardashian. The world will be ending.

Have an opinion on this song? Let us know in the comments below

Nick Lachey’s ode to Chicken of the Sea

banner pop In honor of all the new material from reuniting artist, we decided to bust out some “old school reviews” of some popular songs. So what do we consider to be old school? Any music from 1960’s to 2010. So buckle up for what should be a good trip down memory lane because we start starting off this week’s “Old School Single Review” with 98 Degree’s Nick Lachey’s biggest and most personal hit “What’s Left of Me”

Background

The song was released in 2006, after the divorce of “Pop power couple” Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The song is Nick pulling a Taylor Swift in a classy way.  Like most of Nick’s second album, the song is fuel from the Jessica telling him that their marriage is over and the feelings that Nick had. The song is Nick’s most successful solo single to date. Fun fact: His wife in the video turned into his new real wife Vanessa Minnillo. Yeah, Nick met his new wife on the set of his music video, which was for a song about his ex-wife, that Vanessa played (Wifeception). In the end, Nick would have the last laugh because Jessica’s love life and career would tank after the divorce while Nick’s love life and career exist.

The review:

The song is pretty much the perfect formula for a pop break up song. It has raw emotion and it’s pretty easy to make an emotional connection with the song, especially if you have had your heart-broken. It paints the picture of someone who loved someone and isn’t sure what to do because they feel only half alive/complete. The song progression is pretty legit and is kinda upbeat-ish for a sad song.

The video itself is also amazing because it takes place in the house that Jessica and Nick lived and filmed their reality show in. The story of it takes places as soon as they stopped filming. The furniture and items in the house slowly start to dissolve away which kinda is like his life starting to unravel.

The only thing that doesn’t really work in this video is the fact that Vanessa Minnillo plays his wife. We all know that the song is about Jessica so they might as well had a blonde play her. Overall, the song and the video is really moving and profound.

Rating: 4 Cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna out of 5

What Old School song would you like to see us review? Leave it in the comments below!

New Album on The Block

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It’s time to adventure back to a time where leg warmers were in and Mark Wahlberg was still with the Funky Bunch and believing that he could rap because New Kids on The Block is back and they have released their newest album. “10” is the newest release from the group and let me tell you; it’s pretty much a trip down from memory lane with the style of music. The album is the group’s seventh studio album in their two-decade span.

Ironically, the album reminds me of the Backstreet Boys’ extremely popular 1999 album “Millennium”.  Basically, it reminds me of 90s pop, which is weird since NKOTB has been around since the 80s. Anyways, this album is great especially if you just want relaxation music because that is what you will get with this album. All the songs, especially their single “Remix (I Like That)”, bring something to offer to this album. Most of the songs are what would be considered ballads, which is rare in this day and age.

What didn’t work? Well, the album is just one big ballad fest. Some of the ballads are upbeat but the only song that’s even brings up the thought of dancing is the single. Granted, this isn’t really a bad thing but it’s not something that you would bring to a hardcore dance  party. It is the thing that you would bring to a nice tea party or even a small party. I’m going to take it as a good thing that this is the only problem with this album

Overall, this album is a step up from their 2008 release, which we won’t even discuss. If you are a boy bander or just a fan of pop music, then this album is pretty much is a buy for you.  This album also sets the boy band album standards high for 98 Degrees, whose album will drop the next month!.

We own tonight

Remix (I Like that)

Rating: 5 NKOTB members out of 5

 

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