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Tuesday 3rd September 2013

The Backstreet Boys featuring Brian Littrell get mixed reviews for new album

POP MAINSTREAM best sellers the Backstreet Boys, whose lineup includes committed Christian Brian Littrell and who have sold over 130 million records worldwide, have received mixed reviews for their 'In A World Like This' album, their first CD in four years. The Guardian called it "an album that illustrates the difficulty of bridging the gap between boyband and manband" while Rolling Stone wrote, "Max Martin contributes the title track, one of the few songs that don't sound dated or just plain awkward." reported, "As for content, subject matter stays family-friendly-Littrell's an outspoken Christian-save for a mild expletive, drinking party reference and a line about making sweet sexy babies. Slow it down there, boys." CR

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Posted by Kelly in US @ 02:41 on Nov 15 2013

This is a terrific album. I don't agree with the negative reviews. I go by what kind of music I like and I have to say, that is the best BSB album by far. I really like the direction they went for this album and it really shows their level of maturity. Way to go, guys. Here's to another 20 years of keeping the Backstreet Pride alive.

Posted by Laura in Charlottesville, Virginia @ 15:49 on Sep 3 2013

In A World Like This is the first album created under an indie label-without the benefit of a major label-they had fulfilled their contract with JIVE and went independant. That gave them the freedom to write and sing about what is important to them. A song inspired by what Kevin's father use to tell him is written for their children(there are 6 Backstreet children) is Show Em What You're Made Of. Madeleine is a folksy ballad written to inspire their fans who are dealing with bullying-it was inspired when they learned that one of their fans had committed suicide after being bullied online. Try is an old school blues song--a critic in a previous review called it Eric Claptonesque as an insult---really? Trust Me is a summer carribean fun song-making "sexy" babies is being sung by a man who just made a beautiful little girl with his wife-it isn't meant to be anything other than a love tribute to his wife. Their pop songs are simply fun to hear and fun to sing. They have a Beach Boy Kokomo like tribute to their fans around the world. This is music that ANYONE can love and sing along to--refreshing in this world where pop music normally=vulgarity. The Backstreet Boys have my permission to keep on for another 20 years!

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