Backstreet Boys
Backstreet's Back


4.5
superb

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
July 9th, 2009 | 53 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Backstreet's Back is without a doubt the crown jewel of the the mid-90's boy band revival.

Boy bands are a funny thing, for one they don’t really play instruments so the term “band” could be considered a misnomer. In the 1980’s and 90’s boy bands were quite the in-thing for pre-teens, whether it was New Kids On The Block, Westlife, *NSYNC or what may have been the most successful and talented group the Backstreet Boys. The Backstreet Boys more or less saved the concept of the boy band from its near death during 1995. The boys sprung onto the music scene and quickly secured a fan base full of impressionable children. But it wasn’t until 1997 with the release of “Backstreet's Back” that the band truly hit their stride.

When it comes right down to it, the purpose of the backstreet boys is; to create danceable pop songs. So the first question is do they achieve that? Answer: Yes. Lead single Everybody (Backstreet's Back) serves up an excellent piece of dance-pop (Silly term? You betcha). But it does more than that; “Everybody” supplies the listener with a message that accurately informs the listener what the group is all about; the band makes inclusive music for fun, that’s it. There’s no message, there’s no concept, it’s just fun. And when it comes down to it the band achieve this in almost all areas.

Perhaps the best thing about the Backstreet Boys is how well they catered themselves to the pop industry at the time. Their lyrics more or less matched their clean cut appearance; there’s no explicit sexual tension located here, save for the use of the lyric “Am I sexual?” (Yes Nick Carter you are). More or less the album can be separated into two styles of song; there’s the more energetic/clubish tracks like “That’s the way I like it” and “Hey Mr. D.J.” and then there’s the more soothing, ballad-esque tracks like “As Long As You Love Me” and “All I Have To Give” .

Lyrically you wouldn’t be wrong in calling the album awful but, the fact is the purpose of the lyrics isn’t to inspire thought; they’re just words that are easy to remember. Really that’s all pop-lyrics have ever been; no one’s going to find meaning in the Backstreet Boys. But it doesn’t matter, it’s a boy band the only reason they even had lyrics was so Kids/American idol performers/Fat Chicks could piss people off with their tone-deaf covers (performed in the most public of places just to be safe).

Of course the big attraction to boy bands and arguably the only aspect of the band that reflects on the members themselves is the vocal performance and it’s here that the Backstreet Boys set themselves apart from their contemporaries, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and A. J. McLean are all relatively solid vocalists, they don’t have amazing ranges nor do they have much in the way of varied technique, but that’s kind of the reason they have 5 members. As for the other two they’re backing vocalists and they do their job well enough, the vocal harmonies throughout the album are passable and for the most part the vocal work on the album is quite a pleasant listen.

So, at the end of the day the Backstreet Boys achieved their goals. Backstreet's Back is an album full of hooks, catchy dance numbers and soothing vocals. No it’s not some life changing piece of music, but Backstreet's Back is without a doubt the crown jewel of the the mid-90's boy band revival.



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Knott-
Emeritus
July 9th 2009


10197 Comments


lol there is a track on here called That's What She Said

pos'd.

Titan50
July 9th 2009


4588 Comments


"If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)"

The hell...

SmurkinGherkin
July 9th 2009


1769 Comments


A 4.5? Seriously?

Nevertheless decent review i suppose.

SmurkinGherkin
July 9th 2009


1769 Comments


Okay lol. So according to your ratings, you find this to be as good as Jane Doe?

Transient
July 9th 2009


1461 Comments


as long as you love me rules but 4.5 lolno

JizzInMyPants
July 9th 2009


2371 Comments


ya this is the same way for my abit for no strings attached by n sync....i remember learning the dances and shit...still like that album for nostalgia;s sake...i been meaning to check out black and blue by this group

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2009


20857 Comments


Members also liked... The Mars Volta! :-)

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2009


7026 Comments


Trying to lose your metal cred eh?

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Douglas
July 9th 2009


9110 Comments


Review is good, pos. neg ppl are stupid.

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AtavanHalen
July 9th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My pos is all
I have
To give

Knott-
Emeritus
July 9th 2009


10197 Comments


lol @ the Members Also Liked, that's ridiculous

PanasonicYouth
July 9th 2009


7411 Comments


Lady GaGa The Fame
Foo Fighters The Colour And The Shape
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Coheed and Cambria Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV...
Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden
Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction
Karnivool Sound Awake
Karnivool Themata

LOLWTF

AtavanHalen
July 9th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like those albums. TAYLOR MUST ALSO LIKE THEM.

shade
July 9th 2009


1198 Comments


don't agree, but a well written review nonetheless.

pos'd

PuddlesPuddles
July 9th 2009


4773 Comments


Not only was the review well-written but I agree

Don't know why ppl are negging this

taylormemer
July 9th 2009


4917 Comments


Good album for what it was. Way better than Five's and Westlife's effort.

BallsToTheWall
July 9th 2009


44482 Comments


I always had an obsession with S Club 7. Itwas acceptbale because most were hot chicks. But sigh, never got into any boy bands i'm afraid.

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kenlacam
July 9th 2009


24 Comments


Are you sure you don't work for them? N'Sync was waay more talented. No one in Backstreet can even come CLOSE to Justin T.

combustion07
July 9th 2009


5362 Comments


Pos'd, good review my sisters was obssessed with these guys when they were popular.
Lol they showed up at our local pool with a radio station and they were spinning this wheel to win autographed shit, and when I spun the wheel I got an autographed cd and a lifesize doll of each member lol. Everyone in the line was so pissed that I won because I didn't even like the band.

Masochist
July 9th 2009


8039 Comments


Good stuff. This is one of the first c.d.'s I'd ever listened to all the way through back when it came out (before I had a music taste). I still have it on my computer for nostalgia's sake (though it hasn't been spun all the way through yet). My favorite song is actually "If You Want It To Be Good...;" good attitude for a pop song (though none of them were "bad" whatsoever).

Anyways, yeah, good review.

By the way, why are there two instances of this album?



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