After the Beantown boys' mini teaser show earlier this summer, it didn't look good - they were unsure of themselves and unintentionally funny. And as much as news of their reunion tickled millions of fans now approaching their 30s, accusations of "pointless nostalgia" and "brazen cash grab" were flying.
We were all focused on the act of reunion as opposed to the album it would produce. Surprisingly, it's a light and catchy bunch of convincing hip-hop- and R&B-influenced Timberlake-esque club pop. Throwback references date their fan base, though, with songs like Dirty Dancing ("She's like Baby, I'm like Swayze"), and when Donnie talks to his kid at the album's close, you realize how much time has really gone by. Remarkably, NKOTB are still a lot of fun. Who knew?
The Kids play the ACC tonight (Thursday, September 18), Friday and Sunday (September 19 and 21).