With their long-anticipated second set, pop music's "other" major boy band aims to prove that there's room for more than one clique of teen dreamboats at the top of the charts. Actually, "No Strings Attached" shows 'N Sync effectively revealing a looser, more uptempo sound than that of its competition. The unshakable single"Bye Bye Bye" is indicative of the set's rhythmic tone.
Among the many highlights are "Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)," on which the lads float their markedly matured vocals over a flavorful guest rap by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and an arrangement of crazy/catchy percussion, and a hip-thrusting cover of Johnny Kemp's '80s R&B/dance hit "Just Got Paid." On the softer side, expect maximum radio play for the deliciously old-school "I'll Be Good For You," with its soft shuffle beat and sweeping strings.
Throughout, the lads' harmonies are tighter and more developed than in the past. "No Strings Attached" is destined to keep the teens--and more than a few adults--squealing with delight.