Can 'N Sync accomplish what countless other teen-bred acts have terminated their careers trying to do? Can it enjoy superstar sales while savoring a taste of artistic credibility? If any act can do it

Can 'N Sync accomplish what countless other teen-bred acts have terminated their careers trying to do? Can it enjoy superstar sales while savoring a taste of artistic credibility? If any act can do it, this is the one. In fact, Celebrity has the potential to be a textbook study in straddling the line between commerce and creativity. 'N Sync's third set shows the group writing and co-producing much of its material. The result is a set that balances safe single bets ("The Game Is Over") with potent forays into hip-hop ("Girlfriend") and 2-step dance ("Up Against the Wall"). Even the ballads are more daring, as evidenced by the old-school gem "Gone." Some may note the dominance of Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez over other members (none of whom contribute more than backing vocals), but the truth is that the quintet has never sounded tighter.—LF