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The Backstreet Boys made their debut in 1996 when they dropped a self-entitled record and managed to get their first hints of the sort of success that they would see as their career would develop. Consisting of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, AC McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson, the Pop group only saw minor levels of success up to this point with their market directed to teeny-boppers at a time before 'manufactured-Pop' was prevalent. In spite of this, they were stil able to gather a following which would see them rise to fruition by their second release and the single "Backstreet's Back".
1. "We've Got It Goin' On"
They get the album underway with their debut single a track which was able to have them making their first imprint on the game. On it, we see that they come out with the sort of style that 5ive would be known for as they power-out with a R&B-inspired Pop tune with a few raps thrown into the mix for added measure. I thought that it really did the job and made for the perfect way to start the thing off.
2. "Anywhere For You"
Changing the direction of the music significantly, we see that here we get a very different feel to things as they opt for a ballad in order to show the range of things we should expect from the very start of the thing. I thought that what we got from this one wasn't really all that and acted as a way to really slow down the progression of them as they bring a rather average tune of its style and do very little with the material that they had available to them.
3. "Get Down"
We aren't given much time to connect with them on the more emotive side as they quickly shift things right back towards the more lively stuff and come out with a danceable tune here. As the style which they take on was bang on-trend for contemporary R&B (in its post-New Jack Swing years) you really can't fault what they do here; unless you complain about the lack of originality. However, this catchy Pop tune does it all and so is a good one.
4. "I'll Never Break Your Heart"
The odd ordering of the tracks is seen to persist as we find that on this one we have them moving things right back towards the slower end as they try out another ballad. They come to bring an impressive one here and a little something that shows that they are able to master this kind of thing in spite of their age. It was really their first mini breakthrough, however it wasn't really to my tastes.
5. "Quit Playin' Games"
They end their string of consecutive singles with this one and here we see that they go for a mid-tempo tune where they input a nice mix of all the sorts of things which have been heard through the rest of the piece. We get a little Hip Hop in the beats and a mix of the then-current R&B and Pop scene in the general writing of the piece. I could see the appeal here and I thought that it was a grower.
6. "Boys Will Be Boys"
They are seen to open things out to come out with a tune that has them taking on a little Disco into the mix that has already been heard up to this point. In this attempt to put over some Dance material, I personally thought that they were unsuccessful and although there are some nice ideas here, I thought that it didn't really have any defining features to make it really make that much of an impression.
7. "Just To Be Close To You"
They are seen to go for a gentle one here as they get into one which they are seen to direct towards 'the lovers'. I found that this attempt at them trying out some Doo-Wop was really a bit of a flop and although at times it sounded quite nice, generally it just sounded as though they were going just too far with their music and the things that they were stealing from in order to attract a wide-ranging audience.
8. "I Wanna Be With You"
Here they come out with a tune which seems to really fit into the mix of things that we've had up to this point, and I thought that this one had what a lot of the rest were lacking here as it seemed to be able to lift things. Here they psuh in just a little more Hip Hop into the beats (from Max martin and Denniz PoP) and they come out with a track that I would have thought to have been a good choice in a single.
9. "Every Time I Close My Eyes"
Not to be confused with a song of the same name from Babyface, we see that here they still push towards that same soft R&B stuff with a bit of a Quiet Storm feel to it. I thought that although they seem to be capable of doing this rather effortlessly, what they come up with doesn't quite do what you expect it too as the tempo is a bit too high and it stops it from conveying the emotions that they lyrics push for.
Here they go for a soft little one where they get their two-step on and force you into a gentle sway along to this soft material. I thought that this one was a little too mild and it seemed like something which would be quite forgettable and so something which you could quite easily miss out when recalling the contents of the album. I thought that it was catchy, but not enough to make it stand above others here.
11. "Let's Have A Party"
Here they open things right up and come in with a tune filled with Hip Hop in it. We see that the jingling grooves backing them up before getting a call from some early Biggie Smalls work and then a drumloop seen in Run-D.M.C's breakout hit "Sucker MCs". I thought that with all of these elements thrown into it, it meant that it pulled me right towards it as they go for a feel-good tune which you have no choice but to have fun.
12. "Roll With It"
This is another nice one from them and a little something that I didn't really expect to get from them as we see that they really try their hardest in order to master the kind of things which were heard at this time in the R&B world. They do a great job at it and I felt that it meant that they were able to recover from a string of weaker tunes which were heard elsewhere in the album as a result of it.
13. "Nobody But You"
They end the album on a lively tip as they come up with another Dance-Pop joint to get us right back towards the kind of thing which was heard in the earlier phases of the record when the thing was much strong. I felt that it was a great way to top the LP off as they ensure that they come with a nice flow of similar-sounding ones which you are bound to feel for if you were down with their opener.
This is an inconsistent debut from the Backstreet Boys and one that got their careers off to a shaky start. Although they were able to release the thing with lots of backing, resulting in a string of singles as promotion, it didn't really see them gaining as much attention as they would have hoped for (considering how many years it took for them to grow before they were able to put music out).
Taking you back to an era when it was all boybands and dance routines and baseball caps, well sort of. This group started off slowly, taking a while to make their mark, but when they did arrive, they did it with a bang.
Who are they:
US pop group, comprising Nick, AJ , Howie, Bryan and Kevin. Kevin later left the group.
On this album:
'We've Got It Goin On' is one of those moments that will forever be stuck in my memory, a brash boybandy chorus and the kind of hook New Kids On The Block would be jealous of. It is catchy, fun and begging for you to do a dance routine to it!
The soppy 'Anywhere For You' will calm the senses and bring you back to Earth before the mass pop onslaught of 'Get Down' which urges you to 'move it all around'. Loads of brill chord changes and it just builds and builds with tremendous energy, superb.
Bryan's vocals come into their own on 'Quit Playin Games' and it turns out to be a surprisingly assured and mature ballad. In the same league is the emotive 'I'll Never Break Your Heart' which is the kind of track which would have worked for Boyz 2 Men.
13 solid pop gems, starting off good then declining a little in quality, but still better than what Take That had to offer for their first 3 or three singles!
For my latest review I have decded to review an album that I spent much of the early part of my teens listening to. It was released in May 1996 when I was 11 years old (12 in December that year), It is one of the few albums I still listen to from my pop phase. When they released this album they were aged between Nick Carter the youngest at 16 and Kevin Richardson the oldest at 24 years old.
Being one of the first bands of their kind of the new pop era they started off their career recording songs that were written for them as opposed to later on writing and recording their own lyrics which is what has kept them being a popular group oven ten years on. The writers on this album including the likes of Swedish Pop Maestro Max Martin.
1.) We've got it going on
This is a track that was a grea disco track because it has a great catchy melody and some infectious licks. A great track to get the album off to a vibrant and very energetic start. A great track to dance too.
2.) Anywhere for you
This changes the mood created from the opening track and is a lovely ballad. This ballad is about how far you would go for someone you loved. A great sentiment sung very well and some nice emotive background music too.
3.) Get Down you're the one for me
This track returns the album to the mood of the opening track and this is even better than the opening We've got it going on. This is a very catchy track that was a huge hit which was a great live track as part of their tour.
4.) I'll Never Break your heart
This is anothe fantastic ballad and has the first four songs going back and forth from uptempo track to ballad. This is one of their best ballads. A lovely track about telling someone how you feel about them and telling them that you will treat them better than someone who has just hurt them.
5.) Quit playing games
I remember this track being a great closer at a school disco. A midtempo ballad about telling someone to stop playing games and tell you how they really feel. A great track with a great melody. I played this track to death ten years ago.
6.) Boys Will Be Boys
Another uptempo track that has a great jumpy dance feel to it. A very funky backing compliments the smooth harmonies and dance tinged keyboard notes. A very catchy uptempo track that hasnt lost it's edge.
7.) Just to be close to you
This is a great live track with great audience participation through the chorus. This shows the group showing off ther vocal harmony as a group and they do a very good job indeed. A great track which is an emotive ballad.
8.) I Wanna Be with you
This track starts with a group harmony intro and then develops into an uptempo track with a very catchy feel. This track is one of the best tracks of this kind they have ever done and is still a good track.
9.) Everytime I close my eyes
This is probably the weakest ballad on the album, I didnt like it as much as I did the others back in 1996 and I still don't see it anywhere near the best ballads on this album. Not terrible but just not quite as good as the rest.
This is another great ballad and is great for audience participation. A very tender ballad which is one of their most heartfelt ballads they have done with some great soft music backing up the track.
11.) Let's have a party
I love this track as it has such an infectiously catchy beat and melody to it. This shows their all round ability to great effect. What a catchy track that is a great party track even now.
12.) Roll with it
This is another of the weaker tracks, although not bad it doesnt have the spark that the best tracks on the album have. I'd probably say that it is a little better than Everytime I close my eyes but not by much at all.
13.) Nobody but you
This is a great way to end the album, This track has such a great funky feel with a great strutting feel. I didnt like this as much as the others back then but that's probably because I loved those tracks so much that I didnt listen to the whole of the album much.
This album shows that the main singers from the band are Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean and and the other two Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson chip in every now and again. This is a very good pop album that should be thought of as that. If you are looking for awesome lyrics with singers who can't sing then you may need to look elsewhere but for catchy pop songs with good singing then look no further.
Any chance to rave on about my favourite group and I'm there, as you will see from my other opinions about those gorgeous, talented fivesome - Backstreet Boys! Backstreet's Back is the second album to come from the boys, and of course is an all-time favourite of mine along with all their other albums. ******************* The first song on the album is the classic 'Everybody.' This is a favourite of a lot of people, whether they are Backstreet fans or not and great to sing along to. My daughter Kelly says it is always played at her local on Halloween - just the right kind of song for that occasion! The second song 'As long as you love me' is another great song (but then, I think they all are)! It has a good beat to it, and is another good singalong kind of song. 'All I have to give', Howie's favourite song on the album is the third song. More of an up tempo song is the fourth song 'That's the way I like it.' 5th on the album is 10,000 promises, a sweet kind of soulful song, a lot of it sung by the lovely Brian Littrell who has the sweetest voice. *See my Dooyoo profile page for a lovely picture of Brian. :-) Next is another lovely ballad, 'Like a child' along the same lines as the last song. 'Hey Mr DJ (Keep playing that song)' is a more gutsy song, not fast but not slow, if you see what I mean! 'Set adrift on Memory Bliss' is the 8th song and is a cover version - just about the only cover you will find on any of their albums. No. 9 is 'That's what she said.' I've heard Brian sing this one acapella and it is lovely. He has the voice of an angel. Last but one is 'If you want it to be good girl (get yourself a bad boy)' and Nick sings most of this faster, cheekier song. Last but not least is 'If I don't have you' a personal f
avourite of mine, which is another ballad and the boys share the verses here. It is superbly sung. ********************* If you are a Backstreet Boys fan, you probably have this album, but if you are not, you will still enjoy the great singing style of these five talented men from America. No other band will ever be able to reach their talent. They sing and dance well, especially live, and they are probably still quite underrated by a lot of people who haven't tried to listen to them properly. One more thing.....they are recognised as one of the biggest bands/groups in the World.
This was really the album that set the scene for the current domination of the pop world by boy and girl bands and by young solo female artists. Before this album was released there was no Britney, Christina and N Sync, but once this album had made it big, everywhere you looked there seemed to be an incredibly young pop star entering the charts. This album is quite brilliant and generally has a slow to mid tempo feel to it as is highlighted by the tracks "All I Have To Give", "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)", "As Long As You Love Me" and "I`ll Never Break Your Heart". The album does have a couple of more upbeat moments such as on the tracks "We`ve Got It Going On", "Everybody (Backstreet`s Back)" and "Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playing This Song)". Overall its a brilliant album.
In my mind, this is the best Backstreet Boys album. You've got rocky numbers like "Backstreet's Back" and "Get Yourself A Rad' Boy". Then there's the easy going stuff like "All I have To Give" and "As Long As You Love Me". Also, if you insert the CD into your CD-Rom on your computer, you will notice there are a number of interviews and videos, and there is also a quiz. Multimedia aside, this is good music, and well worth a buy.
I bought this CD after listening to (and thoroughly enjoying) Millennium -- While I feel that Millennium shows an enormous growth pattern I truly enjoyed this CD. I have purchased what for me is the import (Australian release) which includes "Missing You" I really enjoyed this song and all the other songs on this CD. The harmonies that this group is capable of just amaze me! I predict that they will be around for many many years to come. While each "boy" has his own unique sound and is totally capable of a solo career, the sound they produce when harmonizing is phenomonal! I am looking forward to their new release and to comparing the past and present in their work! Do yourself a favor and put this CD on your wish list - Christmas is coming!!!! Enjoy!
An album of only eleven tracks, but surprisingly good value for money, this album is the band's second album. It includes three major hits "Everybody (Backstreet's Boys)", "As Long As You Love Me", "All I Have To Give" and "Hey Mr. DJ (Keep Playin' This Song)". I must say that when I looked at this album, I thought, "no, useless". I was wrong. The titles of these tracks aren't brilliant but the songs are. Although it is love song after love song, it does have some very catchy tunes in its wraps. The album in is of the same style as the first. Even though there are two, to five tracks less than on the first album, and maybe not as many well known songs on this album as the last, I would still say that this was the better of the two. (See my review on the first album to fully understand what I am talking about). Unlike the last, this is an enhanced CD. The main page has four categories: BIOGRAPHY - Information on the bands history, formation and performances live. It is linked to member profiles of the boys and their website link. VIDEOS - This has clips of two videos - "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" and "We've Got It Goin On" from the first album. HANGING WITH THE BOYS - A video of the boys that gives you their info greets you when you go into this section. There are fifteen videos of funny or embarrassing moments they have had as a group. Some of the titles include 'Barbed Wire Fence', 'Coming Home', 'Falling Off The Stage' and even 'Perfect Date'. COOL STUFF - Information on two videos available. One in concert and the other a kind of biography/interview video. There is a hidden quiz somewhere on the enhanced section and if you can complete it after finding it, you can see some footage from a concert performance. I ahve not found it though, and frankly can not be bothered to. If anyone has,
please do let me know.. It does have a web reference every now and again on the CD somewhere which is http://www.backstreetboys.com/ incase you are interested. On the whole this is a very good album. Don't be fooled though - it is definitely for only those that like their strange pop and R&B mix. Don't go in there expecting trance now will you?!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 We've Got It Goin' On
2 Anywhere For You
3 Get Down (You're The One For Me)
4 I'll Never Break Your Heart
5 Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
6 Boys Will Be Boys
7 Just To Be Close To You
8 I Wanna Be With You
9 Every Time I Close My Eyes
11 Let's Have A Party
12 Roll With It
13 Nobody But You