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New Kids all grown up and falling short on drab ‘10’

The unspoken rule about a comeback is that it’s supposed to happen once. Twice, maybe, if there’s a considerable lapse in time.

New Kids on the Block are betting that lightning will strike again with their new album. “10,” which will be released on Tuesday and is the Boston-bred band’s seventh studio effort, follows the surprise success of 2008’s “The Block.” That album, their first in 14 years, triggered a reunion that put them back on the road and led to a joint tour with Backstreet Boys in 2011.

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