“I Want You Back” by NSync

This is Nsync’s very first single, and it is easily the darkest and most dramatic thing they ever released, coming off as a genuine expression of pain and conveying an almost frightening level of desperation. This is certainly a marked contrast to their much shallower treatment of similar themes in their later work, such as the glib “Bye Bye Bye” or the smugly self-confident “Girlfriend”. NSync, despite their generally negative reputation, did have a few good singles, including some that are actually better than this song (like the Gloria Estafan collaboration “Music of My Heart”), but this song still seems to carry the promise of a more interesting band than NSync actually wound up being.

Verdict: Good, but it’s disappointing the band didn’t continue in this direction.

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