Rolling Stone Review of B&B

Back - Index - Submissions - Backstreet.net RSS News Feed - What is RSS?

Date: Nov 22, 2000
Source: Rolling Stone
Submitted By: Kristin

There comes a time in every boy band's and teen queen's career when the idols want freedom from their puppet-masters. The irony behind Backstreet Boys is that the more they strive to prove their adult autonomy, the closer Orlando's original sons come to resembling anonymous soft-pop professionals.

On its third American album, the quintet attempts to bolster its substantial serenading rep by teaming up with Babyface, covering Canadian crooner Dan Hill and writing its own clich‚-driven slush. The results -- the Babyface-produced, Backstreet-penned "Time," Hill's "I Promise You (With Everything I Am)," AJ McLean's "Yes I Will," Kevin Richardson's "It's True" and Howie Dorough's "How Did I Fall in Love With You" -- could've sprung from any substandard Nashville jinglemeister. Transcending their teen-pop origins with schlock too dull for easy-listening or country radio is nothing for Boys to brag about.

'N Sync's recent up-tempo achievements must've snapped the Backstreet camp to its senses. Black and Blue's competition-conscious heart is loud, hook-crazy, classic Swedish pop from the same Cheiron factory that built the sassiest hits of Britney, 'N Sync and the BBs themselves. Although the group lives up to the groove-ballad legacy of "I Want It That Way" and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" with the slow-growing first single, "Shape of My Heart," and the symphonic splendor of "More Than That," the real news is a slew of forceful jams that merge hyper hip-hop rhythms with Eighties cheese-metal choruses.

It's a little-known fact that Max Martin and Rami, the principal producer-songwriters behind the 'N Sync/Britney/Backstreet trinity, both got their start in heavy-metal bands. You can hear it in the drama-crazed harmonies of "The Call" and "Get Another Boyfriend," the album's most frenzied cuts. Those Bon Jovi/Def Leppard power choruses distinguish "Everyone" from earlier fan-thanking anthems "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life." Not even R&B kingpin Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins can erase the Scandinavian sparkle from "Shining Star," and despite its hokey save-the-world lyrics, the Boys' own "The Answer to Our Life" bounces along on a perky melody obviously inspired by their Swedish mentors. Lacking 'N Sync's tireless dancing talents or Britney's demented fashion sense, the Boys still harmonize as well as the faceless background singers who prop up lesser pop puppets. Thankfully, Backstreet's own strings are still attached to Sweden.

Comment on this item.

Recent Comments

Submitted by: JimmiXzS

niB9nx http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com

Submitted by: JimmiXzS

urdw1q http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com

Submitted by: JimmiXzS

I6QK4T http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com

Submitted by: JimmiXzS

MrZXXm http://www.FyLitCl7Pf7kjQdDUOLQOuaxTXbj5iNG.com

Submitted by: Jermaine

I'd like a phonecard, please http://www.cfastresults.com/why-cfast/ louise buy cymbalta no prescription expecting Family-owned Schoeffel, exhibiting at the fair, said it wasworking towards becoming PFC-free. Like brands such as Patagoniaand Marmot, Schoeffel has cut back on some chemicals and isswitching to compounds that have a six-carbon, rather than aneight-carbon chain, meaning they degrade more quickly.

Submitted by: Ariana

I'm not working at the moment https://gist.github.com/fa7ad5bfadf69b588911927fcc48b668 renew cheapcanadian levitra stupid White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and U.S. officials are "extremely disappointed" by Russia's decision to give Snowden a one-year asylum in the face of entreaties from American officials to expel Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges.

Submitted by: Colton

Do you play any instruments? https://gist.github.com/512e2e049ebb0a15bc863b7fb4d452ec cutting occur discount levitra online fate atmospheric The Google Now integration could certainly work to loosen those jaw joints a little, though what’ll really send it groundward will be an awesomely cool design the likes of which we’ve never seen. Can Google come up with the goods? Hopefully all will be revealed sooner rather than later.

Submitted by: Rubin

How do I get an outside line? https://gist.github.com/589469cb824f1cbdd7386547f42b06e2 ambulance eye levitra prices australia lord chevy Commercial operation for Don Sahong is set to start in May2018. Energy generated will be sold to Laos' national powerutility, Electricite du Laos, to supply domestic energy needs,according to a statement by the MRC.

Submitted by: Byron

Which university are you at? https://gist.github.com/c73f3d0fd3a0be58829de3acd034d8d3 weather gloomy order levitra online waxworks "PBO's projection of net debt suggests federal debt is ontrack to achieve the government's G20 (Group of 20) commitmentto a debt-to-gross domestic product ratio of 25 percent by2021," the report said.

Submitted by: Sandy

Do you know the number for ? https://gist.github.com/c1683dbca35612b8570e77bd8e913ae1 zero levitra prices canada repent VTB bolstered its capital strength through a 102.5 billionroubles offering of new shares in May. The bank said its Tier 1capital adequacy ratio stood at 11 percent as of end of June, upfrom 10.2 percent as of the end of March.

Click here to see more comments.

Comment on this item.

Next Item: allpop Review of B&B
Prev Item: USA Today Review of B&B

Back - Top - Home - Contact - Privacy

Translate To: Spanish German French Italian Portuguese Japanese Korean Chinese

This is a fan site. This is a Backstreet archive. This is Your site.

Serving fans since 1997.