Off The Record – Magic Of The Music Video Special – Celebrity, *NSYNC

This year, we launched a brand new set of articles called The Magic of The Music Video which looks at videos that have inspired me as a Video Editor. Well, I thought I would bring that article to life in more ways then one by celebrating certain albums that some of those singles have come off of. Why do this you ask? Well, you may know the songs but may of never actually listened to the albums so welcome to this section of this feature that will happen throughout the year.  In May we featured *NSYNC so today we are looking at today was the home of PopCelebrity


Celebrity

This song is all about whether people only want a relationship with the band because they are a celebrity. The song is very catchy and really follows the funky pop sound that singles such as Girlfriend and Pop follow. The lyrics are interesting to listen to and really portray the heightened fame of the band. The ideology of being famous is highlighted through the sound effects of cameras clicking throughout the song. Personally I think the best part of song is the part of the song near the end where they style changes it breaks up the repetitive sound of this song. All in all it is a good pop song.

Up Against The Wall

I find that this album really relies of sound effects to introduce a sound or to develop a melody for the track. I was really surprised to hear a song like this on *NSYNC album because it sounds like it has strong influences from the UK Garage scene, I can imagine Dane Bowers singing this song as it sounds very much like this solo career. The song is focussed more on the music style then the actual lyrics and at times you forget to listen to what the band are singing.

Selfish

This is a slower track on the album and some would say it is a love ballad as it is about turning away from love. Sound effects are prominant in this song as well as there is a chime that is played throughout to give an impact of magic or being in love I suppose. This has a real pop boyband feel to this song and it could of easily sat on a Backstreet Boys album too as it sounds like songs from their Backstreets Back album. It has a smooth style to it that is easy to listen to.

Just Don’t Tell Me That

This song could easily of been a single by *NSYNC when you listen to it, the track brings back a sense of nostalgia of hits like Bye Bye Bye and It’s Gonna Be Me and you can imagine the group doing a complex dance routine to this song. Whilst I have never been a big fan of this band, I think this is the most catchy song on the album and I think it is because it refers to old tracks and hints at them throughout with lyrics.

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