Nick & Knight’s debut, Nick & Knight, ended up being one of my favorite albums of 2014. The project, a collaboration between Back Street Boys’ Nick Carter and New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight, paired up when those two bands toured together recently. And when I say collaboration, I am giving Carter and Knight the credit they deserve – they did write a couple songs, “If You Want It,” and “Drive My Car” on the album. They served as executive producers as well.
For the November 2014 show in Seattle, Carter and Knight performed before an appreciative and happy audience. That audience had every reason to be happy. As with the album, Nick & Knight’s show also ended up being one of my favorite shows of 2014. I can also say it was one of my favorite shows, ever. The duo’s enthusiasm and talented singing and dancing made my head spin. People often say stuff like, “The 12-year-old me would be really happy at this show.” I am here to say that the adult me was happy at that show. Carter and Knight were so close I could have touched them. Amazing.
With synchronized dance moves, the pair sexily went through songs from the album such as “One More Time,” “Nobody Better,” “Drive My Car,” “If You Want It,” and “Deja Vu.” Where they also excelled was in some strong remakes/medleys including the rad mash up of “If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)” / “No Diggity” / “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It”/ “Hip Hop Hooray” / “Jump” / “Creep” / “Thong Song” / “Pony.” Another great choice was Carter singing his solo material, “Burning Up,” and Knight performing a revision of his solo song, “Give It To You.” We all sang along. Most of us danced along. And that’s the point of a show like this. You take it seriously, because Carter and Knight are fabulous entertainers at top form, and have fun at the same time. I’m guessing most of the audience was there because of Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, but there was even no need to know either band to be entertained. You could have turned up to this without any notions whatsoever and be charmed – willingly or otherwise.
I’d be thrilled to see them make another album. I can honestly say I just usually don’t feel that way about side projects, spin-offs etc. So, please, Nick & Knight: more, more more!