SoulO (2003) On the hit reality show "Newlyweds," which details his marriage to spoiled, disturbingly naive pop princess Jessica Simpson, ex-98 Degrees member Lachey comes off as… 2003-11-11 Nick Lachey
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SoulO (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2003; Lead Performance: Nick Lachey

On the hit reality show ''Newlyweds,'' which details his marriage to spoiled, disturbingly naive pop princess Jessica Simpson, ex-98 Degrees member Lachey comes off as the paragon of practicality simply by watching his spending and cleaning up after himself. So it's surprising that his solo debut is ostentatious to a fault, with gaudy synth flourishes, multiple hooks per song where one might suffice, and pseudo-James Brown horns that pummel the singer's rather flatly recorded vocals. Lachey could stand to pinch a few more pennies from his production budget and provide Wifey with that tuna -- or is it chicken? -- she loves so much.

Originally posted Nov 14, 2003 Published in issue #737 Nov 14, 2003 Order article reprints