But when one of the best things about your album is a song written by cheesy pop star Richard Marx -- you know you're in trouble. Then again, leaving a ludicrous song like "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)" in the incapable hands of member JC Chasez and filling out No Strings Attached with tunes like "It Makes Me Ill," "Digital Get Down," and "Bringin' Da Noise" (as if those titles weren't bad enough) doesn't exactly top the list of "Things to Do If We Want to Matter Two Years From Now." Unlike the Backstreet Boys, whose robotic moves and sounds occasionally strike something of worth (like the aforementioned "I Want It That Way"), 'N Sync never really seems to latch onto a groove. Even when it approaches one, as on "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me," not only does it sound strained, the street vibe the quintet applies comes off phony. Like the suburban mall kid throwing down hand signals and stylin' as if he was middle-class rebellion's answer to Snoop Dogg, the 'N Sync boys are laughable. They give teen pop a bad name.
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