Backstreet Boys
Millennium


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
October 18th, 2005 | 66 replies | 16,946 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


7 of 9 thought this review was well written

I’m not one to boast, but the truth is I’m starting to be known around Sputnik for my cojones. Whenever there’s a crappy band review, I’m usually the guy behind it. The Spice Girls, NKOTB…the next logical step seemed to be to review a Backstreet Boys album.

Yet when I checked the site…LO AND BEHOLD!!! Somebody’s beat me to the punch! There was already a BSB review. But upon further inspection, I was somewhat relieved…it was a review for Never Gone, which meant there were actually no reviews for Backstreet’s boyband phase. My reputation was intact.

In all seriousness, though, this was an album I had lying around the house and decided to review. And I was surprised, to say the least.

First of all, let’s look back ten years or so to the year 1995. The first batch of boybands was dead or dying: Take That were a year away from their separation, NKOTB had lost much of their previous success and the boyband scene seemed to be coming to a slow but certain halt. Then it all suddenly took a turn. All because five boys came on the scene and, in less than a year, revitalized it to the extent that, by 1996’s end, the market was once again thriving with boybands. The main culprit of this situation was a single called Quit Playing Games With My Heart. I remember when I first saw this video on TV, and I remember hating it from the get-go, even though, at 10, I was part of the market niche for that album. I would later be seduced by the Boys’ next single, the awfully infectious Backstreet’s Back, but that’s a whole other story…

So, the Boys achieved success and in 1997 they released the inevitable follow-up, aptly entitled Backstreet’s Back. This, if possible, was even more of a runaway success than its predecessor, mostly due to its infectious collection of bubblegum-pop tracks and to the band member’s appealing, clean-cut image.

Then came time for the band to grow. Their own fanbase had grown, and some of those 10 year olds were now 13, so why not give them a slightly more refined version of the same ol’, same ol’? Hence Millenium. Extensively hyped as the band’s «maturity» album, Millenium is in fact a logical progression of what the Boys had done on their two previous albums. Presenting an image of renewal, with the band members clad in the mandatory angelic-white suits, the album contained twelve more pop concoctions, even though most of them weren’t quite as bubblegummy as the band’s usual fare. Of course, while this helped establish the band as a more «respectable» pop outfit, it had one huge disadvantage: it created more filler than ever before. In fact, I daresay the most effective tracks here are the old-fashioned bubblegum tracks.

The album starts off with four obvious standouts: Larger Than Life and It’s Gotta Be You are helplessly catchy, bouncy pop tracks, while I Want It That Way and Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely are more introspective, «heartfelt» ballads. In fact, of all four, only the last mentioned one is mildly irritating; all three of the others are good. Yes, good. G-O-O-D. I suppose nobody expected me to say this, but I actually like this album. It’s perfectly crafted, it has some clear winners, and, while there’s a tad too much filler, the result is in fact vastly satisfying.

In fact, perhaps the clearest indication of this album’s quality is a little family anecdote. Both me and my 14-year-old sister loathe teen-pop material, as a rule. Yet every time my sister «plays concert» - every timeLarger Than Life is included in her setlist. As for me…well, in between AC/DC and Children Of Bodom, I sometimes blast It’s Gotta Be You in my stereo at full volume and bop around to it. Sure, it’s trashy, it’s cheesy and it possesses no musical quality whatsoever; but hey – it’s hella catchy!

Unfortunately, the album as a whole fails to live up to its beginning, as the filler tracks progressively take over as the album plays on. There are some clearly above-average moments – Don’t Want You Back, The Perfect Fan – but most of the second half of the album is pure, drab, uninspired filler. Tracks like Spanish Eyes – an horrendous cliché both lyrically and musically – and The One don’t ever captivate us or capture our attention in the way that those first four tracks did. Furthermore, there’s a sequence that becomes involuntarily hilarious because of the contradiction in the song titles – first Don’t Want You Back and then Don’t Want To Lose You Now :) Plus, some of the messages seem a little false because they were written by old Swedish men – The Perfect Fan, dedicated to the boys’ mums, being the perfect example.

Still I’m not going to thrash this album like I did with the Spice Girls. Simply because it’s better than the Spice Girls’. Although there’s a lot of filler, that ends up not mattering in the long run, and what we are left with is a wholly satisfying dance-pop album that should please fans of the genre. And YES- it’s good!

Recommended Tracks:

Larger Than Life
It’s Gotta Be You
Don’t Want You Back
The Perfect Fan



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Neoteric
October 18th 2005



3243 Comments


tee-hee Backstreet Boy review.

pulseczar
October 18th 2005



2385 Comments


and thaaaaat makes youuuuu larger than life!

best album ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bitc|-|
October 18th 2005



5 Comments


why people does always say that boy's bands are crappy ?
thats soooooooooooooo niceeeeeeee dudessssssss just let it be :p

masada
October 18th 2005



2733 Comments


What is the difference between the Backstreet Boys and, say, My Chemical Romance, IamHoppus?

Med57
Moderator
October 18th 2005



1001 Comments


Pre-emptive warning to everyone that I'm watching this review and will ban people if idiocy breaks out. Cool review, anyway. I've never listened to a full Backstreet Boys album, but some of the track names seem familiar.

Zaine
October 18th 2005



199 Comments


POP IS A GENRE
SO IS ROCK
2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC
GET OVER IT

of all the boy bands, i think the backstreet boys are one of the more talented based on singing ability. that being said, i want you to note that i never owned a BB album and never broke out dancing to one of their songs. but although its not my music, its still music regardless. so PLEASE stop flaming a genre of music. especially the emo kids.


Neoteric
October 18th 2005



3243 Comments


[quote=Zaine]POP IS A GENRE
SO IS ROCK
2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC
GET OVER IT

of all the boy bands, i think the backstreet boys are one of the more talented based on singing ability. that being said, i want you to note that i never owned a BB album and never broke out dancing to one of their songs. but although its not my music, its still music regardless. so PLEASE stop flaming a genre of music. especially the emo kids.[/quote]
Well put, mate.


Final Origin
October 18th 2005



344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is owned by my mom and I think that the album is just good in Pop music terms. Who cares if it is the BB, they are better than any other Pop shit out there.

Great Review by the way. :thumb:

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2005



15727 Comments


It takes a lot of balls for writing a BB review. They absolutely suck, but I'm sure to a pop music fan they're pretty good. I think anything over a 2.5 for them is overrated, but you hit your points solidly.

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Glitterati
October 18th 2005



83 Comments


Wow, TS....you have balls. :lol:

Yeah, I liked this album when I was ten or so :cool:

masada
October 19th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=HoboHead]Well that requires little ability on the musical side[/quote] No instrument does, either.

Thor
October 19th 2005



10169 Comments


I used to like this album back when I was maybe 10, but I haven't listened to it since. good review.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 20th 2005



2125 Comments


The difference between The Backstreet Boys and My Chemical Romance or Green Day is the latter two have more distortion.

Final Origin
October 20th 2005



344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Three of the band actually do play instruments well; Piano, drums and guitar. And singing is a talent, the hardest instrument of all I say. This band so write nearly all the songs on here: 'Perfect Fan, Larger Than Life, Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely' just to name a few. They all have musical talent so you guys are all wrong.

masada
October 20th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=HoboHead]They still don't write 90% of the songs.[/quote] How would you know this, exactly?

Cravinov13
November 20th 2005



3854 Comments


I never thought I would see the day that BB would make it to this site. I'll admit, when I was a young, dumb little kid, I used to listen to their Gretest Hits CD... which was my sisters. Now I know better... waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better. *shutters at the horrid memories*

NuMetalMania
December 30th 2005



325 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Here we go, the good old days. I liked these guys, i didnt love them but i liked them. I now have this CD in my very hands and i have now just snaped the disc, now i feel a little less ashamed lol. But still what a album (back then), they really created a storm. Fair review. And yes Linkin park is not nu-metal, no wait, actually Linkin Park are horrible thats what i was meant to say

ktstein
January 31st 2006



438 Comments


Here's a good question...who is better...Backstreet Boys, or HANSON!!

HAHAHA!!

The Jungler
January 31st 2006



4827 Comments


in answer to ktsteins question i would say Backstreet Boys

btw when did backstreet boys stop being a boy band?

Shadows
Moderator
January 31st 2006



2530 Comments


Hanson is nothing compared to the Backstreet Boys.

I was the biggest BSB fanboy in the world back in 3rd grade.



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