Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Rather than rushing back into the studio to keep the momentum of their sophomore smash 98 Degrees and Rising going, the four hunks of 98 Degrees decided to act more like real musicians and cowrite and produce their thir... more »
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Rather than rushing back into the studio to keep the momentum of their sophomore smash 98 Degrees and Rising going, the four hunks of 98 Degrees decided to act more like real musicians and cowrite and produce their third album. And though there is no shortage of balladry on Revelation, the Ohio-bred act has sprinkled some tasty, uptempo flavors into the sugary, lovelorn mix. The opening track, "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)"--not to be confused with Jennifer Lopez's "Una Noche Mas"--sets the tone with an energetic beat and Spanish guitar. From there, it's back and forth between the harmonized ballads that made 98 Degrees the third most beloved group among the teenage-girl set, and some more daring dance tracks (on "Dizzy," lead crooner Nick Lachey even tries his hand at some dope raps). Thankfully, they've ventured out of the heartsick town where 98 Degrees has always resided, but they've taken a few souvenirs to their new destination: mathematic harmonies, symphonic strings, R&B-tinged pop tunes, and even Richard Marx are along for the ride. Still, they prove that they're not just cogs in some boy-band machine and that they have enough versatility to update their sound every now and again. But don't worry--for those of you who fear there may not be a love song as lovely as "The Hardest Thing" here, Nick, Drew, Jeff, and Justin offer you two new tunes: "My Everything" and "The Way You Are." --Heidi Sherman
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98 Degrees keeps rockin' right to the top!
melissa | 10/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! 98 Degrees's new CD, REVELATION, really blew me away! I couldn't believe how awesome and different this CD is in comparision to their 1998 album, 98 DEGREES AND RISING, (which I proudly own). People think that N'Sync's NO STRINGS ATTACHED album is the best album of the year...but 98 Degrees's REVELATION is soooo much better then NO STRINGS ATTACHED! (Of course, the Backstreet Boys' new album, BLACK AND BLUE, will probably be my new favorite once it comes out on sale, but REVELATION is my favorite album so far this year!)98 Degrees has really grown up both as individuals and as a group. Their voices are really strong and amazing on this album. REVELATION was totally beyond my expectations! Nick is my favorite from 98 Degrees (but he's going out with Jessica Simpson so...?) Anyway, here's what I think of all the songs on this CD:1.) "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" -- Probably my favorite song on this entire album. It's a great Latin/pop song with a good beat and a danceable tune. They're voices are awesome on this song.2.) "The Way You Want Me To" -- I like the lyrics to this song. It's also another good upbeat and danceable song. 3.) "Stay The Night" -- A wonderful song. This song kinda reminds me of their song, "Because of You", (from their 98 DEGREES AND RISING album), especially the music and even the lyrics and the way they sing them, but still a very sweet song. Kinda romantic. Another one of my favorites.4.) "Yesterday's Letter" -- A nice ballad. Not one of my favorites, though.5.) "He'll Never Be...(What I Used To Be To You)" -- This is a really cool song. I love the beat and lyrics to it. It's a great party song and a song you can really dance to.6.) "I'll Give It All" [Interlude] -- A very good song for an interlude. Not much to say here.7.) "My Everything" -- One of my favorites. It's a really great song.8.) "You Should Be Mine" -- I love this song, too. But it sounds kinda like the Backstreet Boys's song, "The One" (from their 1999 MILLENNIUM album). It even has the same kind of beat, lyrics, and the song is even sort of about that.9.) "You don't Know" -- A really good song. Not much else to say here.10.) "Dizzy" -- This song makes me dizzy. Just kidding! It's a really nice song...just don't be fooled by the title!11.) "The Way You Do" -- Another great song...but not one of my favorites.12.) "Always You And I" -- A very sweet song. 13.) "Never Giving Up" -- A pretty good song.Over all, a very excellent album by an amazing singing group. A lot of people also underrate 98 Degrees because they think 98 Degrees is "just another boy band". But that's not true! 98 Degrees deserves credit, too! Just like every other band in the music industry, they've worked really hard to get to where they are today. REVELATION shows the true images of the guys, and shows their true selves. And they prove with this album that they are more than "just another boy band"! Check it out!P.S.: If you like this album by 98 Degrees, then also check out the Backstreet Boys...you're sure to love them, too!!I hope this review helps!"
98 Degrees Are Definitely Rising
pomuzak | NJ USA | 10/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally they're back again, and this time they are better then ever. 98 Degrees have returned with an excellent album, one that I hope will top the charts because it deserves it. The sound on this album fluctuates between some R&B, Rock, Pop, and some really pretty ballads for your listening pleasure. An extra bonus is that the band WROTE most of the songs and PRODUCED them. I find it odd that this is the album which they had the most clout on, and it just happens to be their best to date. Universal Records needs to wake up, these guys have talent. Tracks like "You Should Be Mine", "Dizzy", and "Stay The Night" are definitely single-worthy, the latter being a song with a genuinely good melody that will suck you in on the first listen. Songs like "The Way You Want Me To", "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)", and "He'll Never Be (What I Used To Be To You)" are great dance songs, and surely will all be singles also in the near future. A standout track is "The Way You Do". It was written by Drew Lachey, and it is reminiscent of "Because Of You", but this one is better. I think the only not great part of this album is "My Everything". Don't get me wrong, it's a great song. It's just a little sickening after a while, that's all. But as a whole, this is one of the best albums I have heard in a while. It's got something for everybody, and will break 98 Degrees out of the "boy band" mold. GO BUY IT! IT'S WORTH IT!"
Quite a Revelation
Sammie L. Dickson | West Valley, UT USA | 09/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since I can't give 4 and a half stars, I rounded up to 5 :) This CD is certainly a polishing of the already smooth 98 style. The ballads, in comparison with their old albums are even better, while the pop songs on the album are entering N Sync territory, but they have that special rounded 98° sound. Besides what's wrong with N Sync's style? 2 Million record buyers can't be wrong. But on this album, the beautiful love songs, should get the most attention. The haunting "Yesterday's Letter" with it's soulful piano, the romantic "The Way You Do", the melancholy "You Don't Know," are all key examples of the songs that deserve a close listen. But why the half off? While I respect 98° for writing part of almost every song on this album, it definitely shows they've done their homework...in cheesy cliqued pop songwriter school. I was hoping they could rise above the 'you's and do's', and put meaning above an easy rhyme. Not always the case on this album. Also, I was disappointed with the lack of accapella on this album. The interlude "Give it All" is lovely, but only 40 seconds? Come on guys, treat us fans to an entire unaccompanied ditty! Still, those are minor imperfections, just listen to the gorgeous melodies and you'll be taken away to a land of pop perfection."