It time again for our old school review! And this week we are taking it Larger than Life because we are reviewing the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 album “Millennium”.
Background: This album is the one that literally set them up for stardom. Their 1st album (fun fact: Our version of their 1st album was their 2nd album internationally) wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything compared to “Millennium”. Album came in May 18, 1999. Their single “I Want It that Way” (we will get to that later), set up the hype for this album and it made everyone excited for this album to come out. Overall, this album is pretty much the best album they have ever put out. It was Number 1 on the Billboard 200 for 10 week straight. It shattered records all over the place and spawned 4 hit singles (“I Want It That Way”, “Larger than Life”, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, and “The One”).
What worked?: The whole album was pretty much a gift that just keeps on giving. Every song on this album is listenable and likable. It pretty much a classic and what you would expect from a 90’s boy band. What makes it better is that Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson co-wrote many of the songs on the album, which makes the album better. The order of the songs on the album is pretty much amazing because flows nice.
What didn’t work?: The song “The Perfect Fan” is a song that shouldn’t have made it on the album. I know it’s written for Brian’s mom but it just doesn’t work with this album. It doesn’t fit the overall feel of the album and it doesn’t end the album right. It would have worked on their next album “Black & Blue” and it probably would have helped saved that album (because it sucked).
Overall impression?: if you can get your hands on this album then I would highly recommend it because you will not regret it!
I Want it That Way
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely