Includes "Invisible Man," "The Hardest Thing," "I Do (Cherish You)," "My Everything," and a new recording, "Why (Are We Still Friends)." — No Track Information Available — Media Type: CD — Artist: 98 DEGREES — Title: COLLECTIO... more »N
Includes "Invisible Man," "The Hardest Thing," "I Do (Cherish You)," "My Everything," and a new recording, "Why (Are We Still Friends)."
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Media Type: CD
Artist: 98 DEGREES
Street Release Date: 05/07/2002
Great overview of the all-too-short career of 98 Degrees
Da Man | Pekin, IL | 04/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"before I start this review, I must let it be known that I was not a big champion of the late 90's TRL pop invasion. I did like Aqua and Spice Girls, but to me, both of those were more Europop than TRL. I've never thought Britney was a particularly good singer, and I only think N'Sync had a handfull of good songs in them. Plus, I was 19-20 when 98 Degrees hit their peak. Yet I loved them!!! Their music was irresistable, and looks-wise, they were by far the hottest of all the boy acts (tho 98 wasn't a boyband, they were lumped in with them) of the day.This collection covers their entire recording career, from 1997's top 20 Invisible Man to their 2002 Why (Are We Still Friends). These guys walked a thin line between r&b and pop music that is rarely seen these days. Unlike Backstreet Boys and N'Sync (Justin solo is another story, but both BSB and N'Sync proclaimed themselves r&b influenced), 98 Degrees actually scored on the r&b chart as well. And at the same time, 98 Degrees were able to reach a pop audience that wasn't really into Boyz II Men, Next or K-Ci And Jo-Jo. While Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin were the biggest selling artists of 1999, I think it's hardpressed to say that 98 Degrees didn't rule the year 1999. They were everywhere for those 12 months. All of the hits they had that year (Because Of You, The Hardest Thing, I Do, This Gift) are collected here.The four-part harmonies of Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre are already proving to be timeless. 5-6 years on, these songs are still great.98 Degrees had a nice run from 97-01, but they took an extended break after their summer 2001 tour, a lot of us believe they've broken up as Jeff is now listed as "FORMER 98 Degrees vocalist". Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons have both gone solo (Jeff's album is available exclusively through JeffTimmons.com), and Nick's probably unfortunately better known now as "Mr. Jessica Simpson" than for his music, and it's a shame.I recommend this collection to anyone who has the least casual of interest to 98 Degrees. If you're just learning who Nick Lachey is through Newlyweds, pick up this cd and you'll understand why so many of us are kinda disapointed that he's now playing Jessica Simpson's second banana."
Excellent collection for a one-of-a-kind group!
B. Hurley | Monroe, OH USA | 01/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"98 Degrees, 1997-2002This Collection includes hits of both 98 Degrees R&B styling and pop influences...98 DEGREES -
With hits such as "Invisible Man" and "Was It Something I Didn't Say", the 4 guys from Ohio turn out soulful tunes that cry for the likes of BoysIIMen and other R&B groups of the late 80's and early 90's. If this was a collection of their greatest songs vs. greatest "hits", then it would most certainly include "Heaven's Missing An Angel" and "I Wasn't Over You".98 DEGREES AND RISING -
Moving on to their sophmore album, 98 Degrees move towards more mainstream pop with hits such as "The Hardest Thing", "Because Of You", and crossover hit "I Do" also performed by country artist Mark Wills. If anyone has a doubt about the acapella ability of this foursome, stop and listen to "She's Out of My Life". Other notable songs include "Still" and "If She Only Knew".THIS CHRISTMAS -
Before this album, I wasn't a fan of Christmas music. Of course, I knew the classics such as "Silent Night" and "Ave Maria", but 98 Degrees perfect harmony bring a new light to the classics. Originals such as "This Gift" and "Christmas Wish" add spice to this record, but the true gift is the 4-part harmonies that bring soul and spirit to each song. For example, on "Oh Holy Night", Jeff Timmons brings his tenor voice to all time highs to make this song very memorable. The Latin,acapella "Ave Maria" showcases their excellent harmonies and arrangments are untouchable.REVELATION -
This album demonstrates the writing ability of 98 Degrees and moves back towards R&B. This excellent grouping of romantic ballads and few uptempo numbers show their production ability and winning combination. From hits such as "Give Me Just One Night" to "My Everything", this album is another destined classic.Back to the Collection...notable additions are the acoustic version of "Was It Something I Didn't Say" and "Never Let Go" (bearing the same name as a Revelation song) penned by Justin Jeffre. However, the downside to the Collection is the lack of marketing and production involved. From the lackluster packaging to the missing hit "Where You Are" from Nick Lachey/Jessica Simpson makes this album less appealing to true 98 Degrees fans. Unfortunately, I believe lack of marketing and production has kept this excellent group out of the spotlight too long. Hopefully, they will reunite soon for another go-round and a 5th studio album.Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Drew Lachey's excellent harmonies and soulful voices fill a void in music today that is plagued by overproduced hip-hop and lackluster, generic pop music. Good luck to all the guys and to Nick on his solo album!!"
Best Hits All in One!
melster013 | Rhode Island | 12/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this CD was a perfect collection of their best hits! I don't own any other 98 Degrees CDs so I bought this one to have their hits and it is great!! All of the songs you will know right away if you listen to pop music at all. I highly recommend this CD, especially if you don't own any others and want to have thier greatest hits in one CD!"
B. Hurley | 06/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"98 Degrees is such a talented group that it's hard not to love their music. They have been constantly compared to certain boy bands out there when they are something totally different. Just because their songs didn't make up on the charts doesn't mean they aren't hits. Their music appeals more to the older crowd instead of the teenagers which is the age that mostly determines what are hits and hwat are not."
Some Good Material
Aaron | Ohio, USA | 06/08/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"98 Degrees are a good group. They've never been quite as popular as The Backstreet Boys and *N Sync, but that's not to say they're not worthy because they are. I think their biggest drawback is they've always stuck basicly with the ballads. All of their hits are represented here starting off with their first top 40 US hit "Invisible Man" from 1997 and continuing with their second and most successful album and its singles "I Do", "Because of You" (my favorite), and "The Hardest Thing" (probably their biggest hit.) You also have "True To Your Heart" from Mulan and the nice duet with Mariah Carey "Thank God I Found You." Their 3rd album started off well with hits such as "Give Me Just One Night" and "My Everything" (both on here), but something happened in 2001. "The Way You Want Me To" was released and went nowhere and their career just sort of fizzled all of a sudden. Over all, this is a fair retrospective from a good pop group. Whether or not they'll have more material in the future is questionable, but with work and promotion, I think they can. we'll see."