The redheaded stepchildren of the 90s are back and they are coming out full steam ahead. 98 degrees released their first album in 13 years, 2.0, today and while they were everyone’s guilty pleasure back during the golden era of pop, this album brings you equal amounts of classic 98 Degrees plus a touch of a new school with a hint of somewhat subtle sexually innuendoes.
The album isn’t really what I expected, especially after hearing Microphone. I thought it would be a bunch of men in their mid 30 (can I just say that they look like they haven’t even aged since 2002) singing about sex and getting girls in the club. Surprisingly, Microphone is the only song with any “hidden sexual messages”. Most of the songs on the album are normal 98 Degrees style lyrics and music. The album kinda of reminds me of the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience. It’s that blend of pop music with a R&B kind of beat that makes this album what it is. The album is good time and feature ballads, that is 98 Degrees’ speciality.
What didn’t work?: Well, I know that this was a common theme with them before they spilt but Nick Lachey is pretty much featured on most of the songs (He even starts the majority of them). And then when it wasn’t Nick, it was Jeff. While Nick’s voice is the most publicly known and Jeff’s voice match his soulful vocals, it would have been nice to hear Drew and Justin more (especially since Drew is now more relevant than the rest due to his dancing ability). This awkward to hear them since songs about being in a club at first since they all are either married, have kids, and/or both. While I totally understand and get that people still goes to clubs in their mid to late 30s, it’s just something that is less heard of so when you do hear about it-it’s controversial.
Overall, I recommend listening to the album because it’s a quality album (it even has acoustic versions of two classic 98 degree songs).
Rating: 3.5 degrees out of 5
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They are back! The forgotten boy band known as 98 Degrees is back and they have a new single that literally is the most shockingly provocative song that any boy band has released (probably not, but it does catch you off guard).
Their new single is cleverly named “microphone” and it isn’t about a microphone but rather “singing into a microphone”. Here is the song:
Yeah, it’s one of those kind of songs. The song has an amazingly good beat that is not like the other 98 degrees songs they released mainly because it’s more pop than R&B. It doesn’t actually mention any kind of sexual action but it definitely hints at it. And when I say hint, I mean it literally waves it in your face and acts like you have no clue of the real meaning of the song. When I first listened to it, I literally felt so uncomfortable that I didn’t leave my room for weeks. Then after I re-listened to the song, it was less awkward and I just accepted that they were singing about sexual actions. I think it was that most of 98 Degrees have children and they (Nick and Jeff really) are singing about Oral Sex (sorry for bursting your bubble if you didn’t think it was about that).
What didn’t work about this song was the fact that it was only Nick and Jeff singing. Granted, they are the heart and soul of 98 Degrees but it would have been nice to hear Drew and Jeff (AKA the guy that no one knows) sing (I have a theory that they are the Kelly and Michelle of 98 Degrees while Jeff and Nick make up Beyoncé).
What I’m excited for is the music video to this song because I just want to see how they get try to cover up the sex that the lyrics have oozing out. It’s either going to basically be a porn or just a classy music video. Hopefully, they will give us what we want and that is a music video.
Rating: 4.5 Microphones out of 5
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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”
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 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!