Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ is still iconic as ever

On May 18th, 1999, the Backstreet Boys gave the world an album would become one of the top selling albums of all time. It’s the 20th anniversary of their second album “Millennium.” Now, I originally “reviewed” this album back in the day. That review sucked and I’m calling redo. Welcome to Pop Project Redux.

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I’ll be the one, I’ll be the light

Millennium was released on May 19th, 1999. It was the highly anticipated follow up to their 1996/1997 debut album. Fun fact: Backstreet released three different first album. Two was for international fans in 1996 and 1997. The one we know in the States was in 1997 and was just made up of the other two. Because of this, “Millennium” is their third or second album depending on where you live. The album had Max Martin write and produce many of the songs on the album. In case you forgot, Max Martin the Swedish pop god.

This album starts off with “Larger Than Life” and I could not have thought of a better way to start off this album. One downside is the album is that’s extremely front-loaded. Three of the four singles are the first three songs in on the album. This more than likely wasn’t planned out this way but even so, the flow of the album. Going from a high intense song “Larger Than Life” to two slower bops like “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It’s not just like a gradually slow down. It just stops and kicks into the slow jams. It then kicks back into the dance banger right after. I’m not sure if it is attentionally but it just hurts the pacing of the album.

The album also ends on rather a weird note. The final song on the album is called “The Perfect Fan.” It’s a song about their mothers and thanks to them for all being there. It’s a sweet song but it’s just awkward. There are a chorus and full orchestra backing. This would have been better in the middle of the album and not at the end. Simply rearranging the track list would make it a little better when it comes to flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is pop perfection beside its flow and being a heavily front loaded album. That is easily made up for by how good the songs are. Even the filler songs are extremely well done. The vocals are what we come to expect from the boys. This album is what everyone thinks of when think of boy bands and Backstreet boys.

“Millennium” is the definition of the 90’s boy bands music. While it’s the flow of the album hurts every song after track three, every song on the album is worth the listening to because it’s the pop perfection. The songs are what makes up for the flow on the album. I cannot tell you how much good this album is. It’s one of those albums. I highly recommending listening to this album. I listened to it this weekend and still enjoyed everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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Top 5ive: Mandy Moore

I saw this article on BreatheHeavy about Mandy Moore’s song “In My Pocket” is a bop that deserves more love. I totally agree with this as it’s probably one of my favorite singles of hers. This got me thinking, which is usually a bad thing, and I thought it was time to relive her underrated music career. While most know her for her talented acting chops, many don’t know that she promised to be forever ours and that she’ll love us always through her music. So here’s her top 5ive singles. You’re Welcome.


Love always, Mandy

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5. “Candy”

You can’t have a Mandy Moore appreciation list without the song that started it all. Sure, it’s not a good as the other songs on the list. But “Candy” is just a good old fashion 90s pop songs. It’s catchy and will get into your head. This was probably one of my favorite songs growing up that wasn’t Holy Trinity (Britney, Christina, Jessica). Watching the video now, it’s just a wonderful time capsule of what the late 90s looked like. I’m still patiently for uncomfortable plastic furniture and my BMW Beetle.

4. “Walk Me Home”

While it wasn’t as successful as the first single, “Walk Me Home” is that slow kind of bop that just makes you sway. It reminisces of “2 Becomes 1” from the Spice Girls but just the more innocence sister of it. Just literally just about wanting a boy to walk you home because you have a crush on him. The video is also adorable as it’s Mandy singing on top of a movie theatre as she looks on at the movie premiere. There’s also a hunky movie star there who she may or may not have a thing for. There’s daydreams of her having a “romantic” fun date like experience with him.

3. “Cry”

Ballads were always something that we loved from Manders, as you could tell by this list. This song was from her movie “A Walk to Remember” and from her third album “Mandy Moore.” It was more mature and a little less poppy. The music video was pretty one and kind of made think that you were on an acid trip at parts. This song was definitely worth the listen to if you haven’t listened to it. It’s not on the level of some of her other movie songs, but it’s still a great song.

2. “In My Pocket”

This song is pretty much the most underrated bop of her entire career. I didn’t know about this song until recently. If “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Dirrty” could have a perky younger sister, then this would be it. Everything about this is literally everything. It has this middle eastern feel to it really adds to the song. You just can’t help but smile when you hear the song and just bust a move. Again, this is her most underrated bop in the history of mankind.

1. “I Wanna Be With You”

This is probably Mandy Moore’s most memorable single. It came from the album of the same movie, “I Wanna Be With You.” It just a lovely and beautiful song that made Mandy really stand out over the Holy Trinity. And the music video is just beautifully done. The video is themed around the movie “Center Stage,” as the song was featured on the soundtrack. From the way the scenes were directed to the lighting, it’s the perfect embodiment of how video were shot and used in the 1990s.

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Britney Spears’ iconically underrated album ‘Blackout’ is everything

In case you have been living under a rock the past couple of days, Jamie Lynn Spears was the voice of reason on Instagram. She spoke about the travesty that has been occurred involving one of her sister, Britney Spears, singles “Piece of Me.” Pretty much, Jamie says what we all are thinking: The song is underrated and that it should have wonder a Grammy and should be nominated for a Grammy every year. Because of this, I thought it was fitting that we revisit what is considered her best work. We are going to talk about “Blackout.”

It’s Britney, bitch

“Blackout ” is the fifth studio album from the legendary Britney Spears. It was released in the fall of 2007. The album was recorded and released during Britney’s dark period. It was her first album after having not released one since 2003. There’s an entire backstory for this and we aren’t here for that. Just Google “Britney Spears Original Doll” and you find out all that you need to know. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first album that Britney was executive producing, which just means she made more control over the entire album than what was probably given to her in the past. One of the major producers of the album is Danja. He is featured on many of the songs on the album is pretty much everyone that Britney wants to work with again. The last album he worked with her on was 2008’s “Circus.”

From MTV. ICONIC

The album isn’t like anything that we have gotten before from Britney. It’s more dance-pop and electropop. It’s honestly lightyears ahead of its time. It has dubstep in there and uses it so much better than how it’s used today. The Britney Stan in me would even say that she’s helped make dubstep popular like Cher made auto-tune popular after she did “Believe” back in 1999.

“Blackout” was the album that gave us iconic songs like “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More.” The latter song was performed at 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in an infamous performance. Yep, it’s THAT song. “Piece of Me” literally slayed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. It won all the categories it was nominated at. It was coming full circle and show the word that Britney Spears was back, bitch.

This album is just an extremely enjoyable experience from the first song to the last song, excluding the random “Gimme More” remix, are just so good songs. They all fit so well together and just flows well together. Even the meh songs, which are some, are still good. Britney’s vocals on this album are also very good. The people she worked with, including Pharrell Williams, really knew what they were doing and how to work with Britney. They produced this album so well.

“Blackout” had very little promo, for obvious reason, and is vastly underrated and underappreciated. I wish Britney would do another album like this. The closest we would get to it would be her 2011 album “Femme Fatale.” Britney really doesn’t experiment like this anymore. We aren’t going to talk about “Britney Jean” because that album is just a disappointment. Rumor has it that it might be coming but that rumor has been floating around for years.

Now I’m not going to “rate” this album because frankly, I’m going to rate it 5 out of 5. I think everyone should listen to this album as it’s a pop classic. The album is such a classic that it’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yeah, that’s how this album is viewed. I recommend you listen to the album. I really like this album to the point where this is my favorite album of Britney’s. If I had to pick my top five songs on this album, which is extremely hard, it would be “Break The Ice,” “Gimme More,” “Hot as Ice,” “Piece of Me,” and “Get Back” in no particular order.

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