12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s one question the Backstreet Boys can’t seem to escape: Do they still consider themselves a boy band? The five-piece, most of whom are now over 40 and married with children, have come to embrace the term. “At this point, ‘boys' has come to mean more, like, ‘friends,’" Kevin Richardson told Apple Music’s Arjan Timmermans. “It keeps us young.” There might be some truth to that. On their ninth album DNA, the group dabbles in the sounds that are driving mainstream music in 2019: mid-tempo EDM (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), ’80s-inspired synth-pop (“Is It Just Me”), and heart-on-sleeve country (“You’re my daybreak/You’re my California sun/You’re my Memphis, New York, New Orleans all rolled into one,” they croon on “No Place”). Even when they’re experimenting, though, they always feel familiar—they’ve still got those irresistible five-part harmonies, R&B leanings, and swoonworthy come-ons that made fans fall in love with them 25 years ago. The slick and swaggering “New Love” sounds like classic BSB. “There are moments when all five of us are like, ‘Oh, dude, absolutely,’” Brian Littrell said of the moment they first heard the song. “That’s what you’re striving for.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s one question the Backstreet Boys can’t seem to escape: Do they still consider themselves a boy band? The five-piece, most of whom are now over 40 and married with children, have come to embrace the term. “At this point, ‘boys' has come to mean more, like, ‘friends,’" Kevin Richardson told Apple Music’s Arjan Timmermans. “It keeps us young.” There might be some truth to that. On their ninth album DNA, the group dabbles in the sounds that are driving mainstream music in 2019: mid-tempo EDM (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), ’80s-inspired synth-pop (“Is It Just Me”), and heart-on-sleeve country (“You’re my daybreak/You’re my California sun/You’re my Memphis, New York, New Orleans all rolled into one,” they croon on “No Place”). Even when they’re experimenting, though, they always feel familiar—they’ve still got those irresistible five-part harmonies, R&B leanings, and swoonworthy come-ons that made fans fall in love with them 25 years ago. The slick and swaggering “New Love” sounds like classic BSB. “There are moments when all five of us are like, ‘Oh, dude, absolutely,’” Brian Littrell said of the moment they first heard the song. “That’s what you’re striving for.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
560 Ratings
560 Ratings
FearTheBeard3 ,

Never disappoints

With only 2 singles released, you can just tell how awesome this album is going to be. Truly great vocals, harmonies, and soul. 25 years and going strong!

QueenJuju ,

Fan since the beginning! Our BSB is like

Fan since the beginning!
Our BACKSTREET BOYS are like fine wine they just get better with age!
I can't wait for the entire CD.
Love you all!

smadden67 ,

Missed it by a million miles

I had really high hopes for this album after DGBMYH & chances but once again let down like last album. I get that the guys want complete control & writing their own stuff & some of it IS good but backstreets back, millennium, & black & blue were huge hits for a reason. Black & blue was a monster of great songs so guess I’ll just keep listening to that. Get back to working with those producers & have those faster pop-ier songs boys & throw in a ballad or 2 from Kevin & there’s your album. That’s what people expect & want. In a world like this & this album I can’t buy the whole album just to constantly hit skip to get to the 2-3 songs I actually like. And why buy those songs when I can listen to them on Spotify for free? Just sayin. Sorry guys but you can do better than this

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