• 12.
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    Invisible Man [*]
  • 14.
    Fly With Me [*]
  • 15.
    The Hardest Thing [Love to Infin...
  • 16.
    Because of You [Hex Hector Dance...
  • 17.
    I Do (Cherish You) [Bonus Video][*]
  • 18.
    The Hardest Thing [Bonus Video][*]
  • 19.
    Because of You [Bonus Video][*]
  • 20.
    Invisible Man [Bonus Video][*]
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Review

Really, 98° is a great idea for a teen pop band: Take an attractive boy band in the vein of Take That or *NSync and have them sing Boyz II Men crossed with the Backstreet Boys. 98° followed this formula on their eponymous debut and were more or less successful. However, they've mastered the sound on their second record, 98° & Rising. Like any teen pop with chart aspirations, 98° & Rising is far from a perfect album, as it alternates sure-fire hits with filler cut from the same mold, but that should be expected. What's nice is that songs like "The Hardest Thing" and "True to Your Heart" are well-crafted radio singles, with memorable hooks and excellent production. That same production -- which makes the ballads smoove and the dance-pop infectious -- carries weaker moments of the record, but at the end of the day, it's the singles that make 98° & Rising entertaining. And for many fans, that will be quite enough indeed. [The Holland edition features two bonus tracks, "Invisible Man" and a remix of "Hardest Thing," a slightly different track order, and three bonus videos.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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