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Classic Album Reviews: Jordan Knight | Jordan Knight / Joey McIntyre | Stay The Same

One old New Kid has learned a few new tricks, but the other is stuck in 1989.

These came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got them. Here’s what I said about them back then (with some minor editing):


If the two names above don’t ring a bell, you obviously weren’t a teenage girl in 1990.

Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight, you see, were both members of New Kids On The Block, the prototype for today’s endless procession of clear-voiced, clear-skinned teen idols. Now, a decade later, these older Kids are trying to show they’ve learned a few new tricks. And Jordan has. On his eponymous debut, he comes off as The Artist Formerly Known As Knight, tossing off a set of booty-slapping funk and urban hang-suite soul produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. But while Jordan parties like it’s 1999, Joey is stuck in 1989. Not only is his disc the closest thing you’ll find to a New Kids reunion — ex bandmates Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood both crop up on Stay The Same — but the title pretty much sums up his game plan on this hour-long recreation of the same sort of witless pop and soulless pap New Kids churned out on the first go-round. Grow up, Joey.