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J.C. Chasez

  • Schizophrenic [Jive, 2004] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Schizophrenic [Jive, 2004]
None of Justin Timberlake's slyly seductive charm for this diva with balls--he's on the hunt for some serious pus-say. Eight of the first 10 tracks are sex-obsessed, with three promising to "love you all night strong." Only guys who entertain too many females in hotel rooms or spend too much time at believe this is what ladies long to hear. Just when you think Chasez will never get his head out of his ass, however, you find out why it's called Schizophrenic. For the final five tracks, the 'N Sync grad is convincingly sweet, pretty, and needy, notably in the most famous words he'll ever write: "'Cause when I'm all alone/I lie awake and masturbate/I love to hear the sounds you make/Baby here I come." This ain't Timbaland or the Neptunes--the musical highlight is a Basement Jaxx track hooked by what sounds like an electric tympani. But the electronic dance-rock gets the pop job done. If it won't lure the average hottie into bed, it also won't make her reach for the remote or drive her off the dancefloor. [Blender: 3]
"Shake It," "Come to Me" Choice Cuts

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