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Album Review | POP

Nick & Knight, ‘Nick & Knight’

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Nick Carter and Jordan Knight were friendly before their boy bands — the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, respectively — came together in the 2011-’12 NKOTBSB mash-up tour that brought them to stadiums nationwide. Following that jaunt, the pair, who occupy roughly the same role in their groups, decided a smaller-scale summit of synchronized steps and honeyed harmonies was in order — and, evidently, that the name should evoke a TNT cop drama. The pair’s first effort plays as one might expect, right to the base. The perfectly pleasant 10-track collection features midtempo rhythmic pop songs with a little rock-guitar flair here, some dreamy keyboard swirl there, and lots of fluffy falsetto paeans to romancing you, girl, everywhere. They harmonize seamlessly, and Knight in particular sounds as fresh as ever. Among the tunes penned by the pair, there’s nothing that approaches the output of either mothership in terms of instant earworminess — the anthemic “Take Me Home” comes closest. But almost everything could serve as an adequate non-single filler track made fuller by a live performance. Ultimately, the disc feels like something a little more personalized to sell at the merch booth on their upcoming tour. (Out
Tuesday)

ESSENTIAL “Take Me Home”

Nick & Knight play the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Oct. 8.

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