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Never Gone

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2005

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Under the teen-pop beats and r&b-trained; harmonies, Bon Jovi-style bombast has often lurked beneath the Backstreet Boys' surface. Now that boy-band dance grooves have vanished from radio airwaves, the urge to rock out in a superslick power ballad kinda way dominates Never Gone, the first album in five years from Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and Nick Carter. Never Gone never attains the dizzy heights of previous hits and never reaches far enough toward new territory: The lead single, "Incomplete," borrows enough from Coldplay's piano atmospherics to be both halfway decent and disturbingly crass, and Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik contributes "Weird World," which suggests Ben Folds without the wit. Whether working with their original Swedish Svengali, Max Martin, or platinum producers like John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson), the Backstreet men rarely accelerate beyond a midtempo thud. And with all the millions they've made, can't the Backstreet organization afford someone to write better titles than "My Beautiful Woman" and "Poster Girl"?

BARRY WALTERS

(Posted: Jun 16, 2005)

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Quinn007625 writes:

2of 5 Stars

Unfortunately, I agree with the professional critic, which never happens. The fact of the matter is, the Boys created a lack luster album. I've been a fan of the Boys since '97 and I must admit that I'm disappointed. The album is OK. They tried, just not hard enough. Incomplete is undoubtedly the best track. I like it. I don't love it. I like it. Just Want You To Know is not believable as a Backstreet Boys song. When did they go metal? The title track, Never Gone, is sweet. Too many of the songs sound alike and they went too far rock to be believable. Adult Contemporary works for them, but...this just wasn't enough. I used to fall in love with a Backstreet album. That fire's gone. I listen to the old albums more than I do the new one. Let's just hope the next Backstreet album is, at least, a little better than this.

May 5, 2006 12:40:45

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