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Album Review: New Kids On The Block – Still Kids

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Album Review: New Kids On The Block - Still Kids

New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) make a  return with their latest album, Still Kids, their first studio release in over a decade. This 14-track album captures the essence of the band’s nostalgic charm while infusing it with a fresh, modern sound.

The opening track, Magic, sets an upbeat tone with its energetic drum machine-driven beats, setting the album’s vibrant tone. The pace continues with Summer Love, but slows down with Long Time Coming – a heartfelt ballad led by Joey McIntyre. This track explores love and relationships, with some evolved lyrical depth. The album’s lead single, Kids, is a feel-good electro-pop anthem with an infectious energy and dance-friendly vibes​. One of the standout tracks, In the Night, has a nostalgic 80s, Top Gun vibe. In the Night, features contributions from Elijah Wahlberg on drums and is testament to the band’s ability to blend past influences with modern production.

Runaway and Pop continue this retro-modern fusion, with Runaway offering a nod to Bon Jovi’s 80s style and Pop delivering a catchy, danceable rhythm. The chorus to Pop (Still my popsicle / Still my favorite girl/ Still know how to rock my world) is sure to excite the bands core fan base. Get Down, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, brings an old-school disco flair and is the perfect summer bop for those seeking a sun-soaked hit of a nostalgia. The album includes collaborations that add a unique touch, such as Old School Love featuring Taylor Dayne – blending NKOTB’s signature harmonies with Dayne’s powerful vocals.

Better Days and Stay close the album on a hopeful note, emphasizing themes of resilience and enduring love. Both tracks encapsulate the band’s journey and growth over the years, leaving listeners with a sense of optimism and nostalgia​.

Overall, Still Kids is a testament to NKOTB’s enduring appeal and their ability to evolve while staying true to their roots. The album balances nostalgic elements with modern production, creating a dynamic listening experience for fans old and new.