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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Backstreet Boys is Back! BSB releases first new single in five years

Backstreet Boys tell the world to ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ in latest single

It’s been a hot couple of minutes since the world was blessed with a new single from the Backstreet Boys. The last time we got new music from was 2013. While they launched a successful Vegas residency, it’s about time because “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” has been everyone’s theme. 

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a dance club banger that is just tons of fun to listen to. Vocals are heavily AJ and Nick but that’s okay because they add this kind of new sound that we’ve never heard from their group. It’s a Falsetto layered overtop the rest of the group’s vocals. It works extremely well for this song and it’s everything.

The music video for the single is classic BSB. It’s just them dancing in front of LED displays with a few different storytelling elements. Honestly, the video is perfect for them. They still have it after all these years. I just kept thinking of them as DILFs during the video. 

My only complaint with the song is that it sounds like every other song in this day and age. It sounded too familiar and like every mainstream pop song on the radio that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing song. I just that there was something different with it. They’ve been doing this since 1993, they really could have added something that would make them stand out more. But I’m guessing since “In A World Like This” wasn’t anything spectacular for them, they are trying this.

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is an amazing song from the man band that doesn’t seem like they will stopping anytime soon. It will be a bop on the radio and in everyone’s heart. It just sounds like everything else on the radio today. There’s nothing special separating it from the rest of the pack.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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#MemoriesCureMondays-Backstreet Boys

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Had a rough monday? Don’t worry, we are mixing #ManbandMonday with #MemoriesCureMonday (yes, I know there’s way to many hashtags) to talk about something that will make your inner little 90s child’s heart sing. Let’s talk about the Backstreet Boys. This will help make your day better.

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The BSB has been going strong since 19993 whether that be as a quintet or a quartet. They have given us many memorable music videos that sparked many pop culture tropes that we still want from our music videos. From the matching all white outfits in the “I Want it That Way” to the extremely epic and iconic “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” video where they all turned into monsters, they little shook us at our cores. Everyone has a favorite Backstreet Boys song, it’s literally impossible and inhumane not to like at least one of their songs. And the horrible 90s haircuts and outfits, who doesn’t love past bad choices. It’s like a train wreck. It’s a glorious time for music, but a shit show of a time for fashion and hair. Making right choice in those departments were few and far between.

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They are so nostalgia that they are now even doing a Las Vegas residency like the Queen Britney Spears. Located in The AXIS auditorium in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the show is just one big nostalgia drug that is just waiting for you to intake. From “Larger to Life” to “Incomplete, they are literally playing all the song we know and love. This isn’t a paid sponsored ad, unless BSB and Planet Hollywood would like to make it one (call me !). It’s just amazing when you sit and think about all the amazingness that BSB has brought us over the years. In honor of these memories, here’s a classic BSB video to help turn your Monday around:

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