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Year of Release: 199
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
Back To Your Heart
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
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"
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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