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Backstreet Boys

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Year of Release: 199

track listing
  • Larger Than Life
  • I Want It That Way
  • Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
  • It's Gotta Be You
  • I Need You Tonight
  • Don't Want You Back
  • Don't Wanna Lose You Now
  • The One
  • Back To Your Heart
  • Spanish Eyes
  • No One Else Comes Close
  • The Perfect Fan

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    It's quite obvious that the latest talk in today's music (especially towards the younger folks), are The Backstreet Boys. Like many pre-teen to high school favorites before them, they are adored by some, hated by others. But whether you like them or not, The Backstreet Boys' Millennium defines today's young music, along with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Boyz II Men.

    "Larger Than Life" starts out the album, as the title states, it seems that The Backstreet Boys are fitting that title. As for the song itself, it definitely sets the pop rock style, and for the kids who adore these guys, this song rocks.

    The song's biggest hit (so far), "I Want It That Way", likewise "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely", sends the young girls in dreamland. Both songs fit the Contemporary Adult style, and should be enjoyed by all ages.

    Returning back to dance music, "It's Gotta Be You" will get the dancing feet a-hopping, as this song is a good contender for the dance club to get the crowd on its feet and jumping on the dance floor. Afterwards, grab that partner close as "I Need You Tonight" is another slow number, as "I Want It That Way" and "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely."

    "Don't Want You Back" has the pop style flavor, and for those who enjoy the music of today's biggest superstars (Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera come to mind), this song defines today's (late 1990s) pop sound.

    Once again, the dreamland (make the girls want to sigh) "Don't Wanna Lose You Now" has these styled songs making The Backstreet Boys a household name, with their dreamy soft music and heartful lyrics. (Remember Richard Marx? This song has a slight resemblence to his soft music style.) "The One" mixes soft music with a pop bounce. Groups like All-4-One and Boyz II Men come to mind when listening to "Back To Your Heart", as (again) the dreamy-styled soft music returns.

    Oh, did I mention dreamy-styled soft music? The reamining three songs easily fit that style: "Spanish Eyes", "No One Else Comes Close" and "The Perfect Fan."

    What makes the Millennium album so popular are the soft, dreamy-styled songs. Of the 12 songs, a total of 8 songs are in this style. And we can easily see what the big talk is about The Backstreet Boys: They are a "love" group, singing songs in a light, soft music style, and with lyrics dealing with love. Other popular acts like Richard Marx, Boyz II Men, and All-4-One have defined this style in their careers, and have made names for themselves in doing so. All of these acts did their share of performing songs in a more upbeat rock fashion, but when their names come to mind, their ballads have stood out for what would be their most famous songs: "Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx), "I'll Make Love To You" (Boyz II Men), "I Swear" (All-4-One)

    As much as I may admit, The Backstreet Boys' Millennium is a decent album. However, this album tends to be more favorable towards the younger generation. And I'm sure that there are some older folks who can listen to this album with as much compassion as the younger crowd. The Backstreet Boys are a group that either you like them or hate them. The only reason people may hate them is because their songs are being heavily overplayed, and everywhere you look, the Backstreet Boys name is seen all over.

    But in listening to their music, they define a love ballad sound that sets the stage for the hopeless romantic in all of us. With Millennium being their second release in their career, the next obvious question is will this group be around for the next "ho-sum" years, as their counterparts Boyz II Men and others... (Let's backtrack a bit to the groups in the category of "The Acts That Will Remain On The Charts For Decades": Remember New Kids On The Block? Color Me Badd? Hmmm, where are they now? I'm sure VH-1 will answer that...) Getting back to The Backstreet Boys, time will tell to answer those questions, as we will determine those answers in the next Millennium.

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