Leaving You Cold

One-dimensional music with almost no individuality.

Forget the various nuances associated with the Backstreet clones, because whether you like it or not, these guys have still managed to carve out a unique position for themselves with their incessant chart-topping tracks.

The international success of 98 Degrees isn't just a reflection of the changing face of pop, but a prophetic warning of future trends. "Revelation" is a prime example of this metamorphosis, and sadly, has little to recommend itself.

"Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" is the celebrated dance track that's making an impact all over the South-East Asian charts, and the ballad titled "You Should Be Mine" is another that's had immense success on radio playlists. Unfortunately, with the exception of these and "Stay the Night", a slow piano-laden lullaby, there isn't much else here.

While the album is an undisputed hit on the charts, it displays a rather simplistic and one-dimensional musical style. With a few exceptions, the tracks have no individuality, and overlap in an endless cycle of been-there-done-that music. With almost no indication of versatility, "Revelation" is less a revelation than deja vu.

This article was first published on 06 Feb 2001.