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Face the Music
Studio album by "NKOTB" (New Kids on the Block)
Released January 24, 1994
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre R&B/New Jack Swing
Length 64:59
Label Columbia
Producer Various
Professional reviews
"NKOTB" (New Kids on the Block) chronology
H.I.T.S.
(1992)
Face the Music
(1994)
The Block
(2008)

Face the Music is the fourth studio album by New Kids on the Block, released in January 1994. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has only sold 138,000 copies in the U.S.

Contents

Album history

In 1993, after about two years out of the limelight, the New Kids went back into the studio and began recording their fourth studio album (sixth overall), before splitting up a year later. By this point, due to a strong backlash and allegations of lip-synching, the group pushed for a more mature image and song selection that would appeal to fans. In addition, they had grown out of the "New Kids" name; Joey McIntyre was 21, Jordan Knight was 23, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood were 24, and Jonathan Knight was 25 years old. Jordan Knight, Wahlberg, and Wood fought for creative input and control on the album, as most of their material was previously rejected in favor of Maurice Starr-penned compositions.

Having been dogged with an "uncool" stigma the years previous, the boys decided to sever their ties with producer and songwriter Maurice Starr, who had been instrumental in their early success. At the request of Columbia Records, they shortened their name to the more mature-sounding NKOTB and developed a harder sound with which they hoped to reconnect with members of their fanbase, and appeal to a wider audience. "Dirty Dawg" did fairly well on the charts, but a Canadian station (MuchMusic) banned the music video due to its suggested violence and misogynistic themes. Although not a major commercial success, the critical reception was positive, and a cross-country tour was in the works. However, NKOTB only could find bookings at nightclubs and theatres, a far cry from the arenas and stadiums they had been accustomed to playing in while in their peak years. During the tour, Jonathan Knight dropped out of the band due to increased panic attacks and anxiety, and the rest of the group decided to cancel the rest of the tour.

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 37
1994 Swedish Albums Chart[1] 46

Track listing

  1. "Intro: Face the Music" (D. Wahlberg) - Lead vocal by Donnie Wahlberg
  2. "You Got the Flavor" (A. Dickey/C. Hannibal/M. Riley/Teddy Riley) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  3. "Dirty Dawg" (D.Wahlberg/J.Johnson/J.Knight/J.R.Jackson/Larry Thomas/Nice&Smooth) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Nice&Smooth & Jordan Knight
  4. "Girls" (A. Dickey/Albert Goodman/Harry Ray/Songs written by Leon F. Sylvers III/M. Riley/Teddy Riley/Virginia Dodson/W. Morris) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  5. "If You Go Away" (John Bettis/T. Lorenz/Walter Afanasieff) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Joe McIntyre
  6. "Keep on Smilin'" (Narada Michael Walden/Sally Jo Dakota/Sylvester Jackson) Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joe McIntyre
  7. "Never Let You Go" (A. Dickey/Leon F. Sylvers III/M. Riley/Teddy Riley) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Walhberg
  8. "Keepin' My Fingers Crossed" (Donnie Wahlberg/Jordan Knight/J. Wirick/Richard Wolf) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  9. "Mrs. Right" (Donnie Wahlberg/J. Johnson/Joe McIntyre/Larry Thomas/R. Jackson) - Lead vocals by Joe McIntyre
  10. "Since You Walked into My Life" (Jordan Knight/John Bettis/Walter Afanasieff) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight and Joe McIntyre
  11. "Let's Play House" (Donnie Wahlberg/Danny Wood/Jason Hess/Melissa Ritter) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight
  12. "I Can't Believe It's Over" (Jordan Knight/Narada Michael Walden/S. Dakota) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight
  13. "I'll Still Be Loving You" (Mike Mani/Monty Seward/Narada Michael Walden/Sally Jo Dakota) - Lead vocals by Joe McIntyre
  14. "I'll Be Waitin'" (B. McClain/Brian Young/Danny Wood/Dow Brain/E. Barrier/W. Griffin) - Lead vocals by Danny Wood and Joe McIntyre

Singles

  • If You Go Away February 17, 1992 (First released on Greatest Hits Album "H.I.T.S.")
  • Dirty Dawg December 21, 1993
  • Never Let You Go 1994

References

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Face the Music
File:Nkotb face the music
Studio album by "NKOTB" (New Kids on the Block)
Released January 24, 1994
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre R&B/New Jack Swing
Length 64:59
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Thomas & Comp.
Professional reviews
"NKOTB" (New Kids on the Block) chronology

H.I.T.S.
(1992)
Face the Music
(1994)
The Block
(2008)

Face the Music is the fourth studio album by New Kids on the Block, released in January 1994. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has only sold 138,000 copies in the U.S.

Contents

Album history

In 1993, after about two years out of the limelight, the New Kids went back into the studio and began recording their fourth studio album (sixth overall), before splitting up a year later. By this point, due to a strong backlash and allegations of lip-synching, the group pushed for a more mature image and song selection that would appeal to fans. In addition, they had outgrown the "New Kids" name; Joey McIntyre was 21, Jordan Knight was 23, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood were 24, and Jonathan Knight was 25 years old. Jordan Knight, Wahlberg, and Wood fought for creative input and control on the album, as most of their material was previously rejected in favor of Maurice Starr-penned compositions.

Having been dogged with an "uncool" stigma the years previous, the boys decided to sever their ties with producer and songwriter Maurice Starr, who had been instrumental in their early success. At the request of Columbia Records, they shortened their name to the more mature-sounding NKOTB and developed a harder sound with which they hoped to reconnect with members of their fanbase, and appeal to a wider audience. "Dirty Dawg" did fairly well on the charts, but a Canadian station (MuchMusic) banned the music video due to its suggested violence and misogynistic themes. Although not a major commercial success, the critical reception was positive, and a cross-country tour was in the works. However, NKOTB only could find bookings at nightclubs and theatres, a far cry from the arenas and stadiums they had been accustomed to playing in while in their peak years. During the tour, Jonathan Knight dropped out of the band due to increased panic attacks and anxiety, and the rest of the group decided to cancel the rest of the tour.

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1994 U.S. Billboard 200 37
1994 Swedish Albums Chart[1] 46
1994 Dutch Albums Chart[2] 72
1994 Swiss Albums Chart[3] 38
1994 Australian ARIA Albums Chart[4] 18

Track listing

  1. "Intro: Face the Music" (D. Wahlberg) - Lead vocal by Donnie Wahlberg
  2. "You Got the Flavor" (A. Dickey/C. Hannibal/M. Riley/Teddy Riley) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  3. "Dirty Dawg" (D.Wahlberg/J.Johnson/J.Knight/J.R.Jackson/Larry Thomas/Nice&Smooth) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Nice&Smooth & Jordan Knight, Live Instrumentals & Background Vocals by Larry Thomas
  4. "Girls" (A. Dickey/Albert Goodman/Harry Ray/Songs written by Leon F. Sylvers III/M. Riley/Teddy Riley/Virginia Dodson/W. Morris) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  5. "If You Go Away" (John Bettis/T. Lorenz/Walter Afanasieff) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Joe McIntyre
  6. "Keep on Smilin'" (Narada Michael Walden/Sally Jo Dakota/Sylvester Jackson) Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joe McIntyre
  7. "Never Let You Go" (A. Dickey/Leon F. Sylvers III/M. Riley/Teddy Riley) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Walhberg
  8. "Keepin' My Fingers Crossed" (Donnie Wahlberg/Jordan Knight/J. Wirick/Richard Wolf) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Rap by Donnie Wahlberg
  9. "Mrs. Right" (Donnie Wahlberg/J. Johnson/Joe McIntyre/Larry Thomas/R. Jackson) - Lead vocals by Joe McIntyre, Live Instrumentals by Larry Thomas
  10. "Since You Walked into My Life" (Jordan Knight/John Bettis/Walter Afanasieff) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight and Joe McIntyre
  11. "Let's Play House" (Donnie Wahlberg/Danny Wood/Jason Hess/Melissa Ritter) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight
  12. "I Can't Believe It's Over" (Jordan Knight/Narada Michael Walden/S. Dakota) - Lead vocals by Jordan Knight
  13. "I'll Still Be Loving You" (Mike Mani/Monty Seward/Narada Michael Walden/Sally Jo Dakota) - Lead vocals by Joe McIntyre
  14. "I'll Be Waitin'" (B. McClain/Brian Young/Danny Wood/Dow Brain/E. Barrier/W. Griffin) - Lead vocals by Danny Wood and Joe McIntyre

Singles

  • If You Go Away - February 17, 1992 (First released on Greatest Hits Album "H.I.T.S.")
  • Dirty Dawg - December 21, 1993
  • Never Let You Go - 1994

References


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