No Strings Attached

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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Lightweight love songs express romantic affection and long-term commitment (“I’ll Be Good for You,” “This I Promise You,” “That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You”). Convinced he can treat a girl better than her current squeeze, the singer claims he’ll put an end to pain and heartache (“It’s Gonna Be Me,” “No Strings Attached”). A guy decides having no girlfriend beats struggling with a one-sided relationship (“Bye Bye Bye”).

Objectionable Content

“Digital Get Down” finds the singer and his girl “gettin’ nasty nasty” across the miles on the Web (“I see you on the screen . . . Can’t wait to see you touch your body, girl/It’s just me and you/So we can do what we gotta do”). Isolated lines wink at reincarnation (“This I Promise You”), bitter envy (“It Makes Me Ill”), ogling backsides (“Just Got Paid”) and selling one’s soul (“I Thought She Knew”).

Summary Advisory

These harmonizing pop princes return to the charts with more funky beats and smooth grooves destined to make young girls swoon. But an online sexual encounter and a list of lesser caveats tangle ’N Sync’s Strings.

Bob Waliszewski
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