Backstreet Boys: In a World Like This
Recently, the Backstreet Boys, who have sold over 130 million albums worldwide, released their latest album, titled In a World Like This. It’s the first album with all five original members back together again. For many, this is a much-anticipated album, which marks a new beginning of sorts for the fab five. Overall, it does not disappoint.
Each song is catchy in its own way. Of all the songs on the album, I found myself continually returning to “Trust Me.” It’s the kind of song to which you can easily sing along, the type of song I can see being played on the radio, at ballparks, and other public venues. The song “Make Believe” contains lyrics that are particularly poetic. For example, “Like angels on fire we burn the sky.” The line itself stands out among the rest of the song, and arguably among the rest of the album.
The themes of the songs in general have a more grown-up feel to them. On past albums, the songs mainly contained themes such as love and heartbreak designed to make young girls swoon. This album, while still containing those themes, has also shown growth and includes themes like bullying (“Madeleine”) and fatherhood (“Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)”). It shows how they have grown as a group, and emulates the growth of their fan base from young teens to adults.
The vocals are impressive as with past albums, but particularly so on this album. Kevin sings a lot more on this album, which is great. While it didn’t seem like anything was missing from their sound on the past two albums without him, now that he is back, clearly they were missing something. The sound is richer than ever and it shows their growth as a group, which is really important after all these years. What impressed me even more than that was the falsetto, the high notes that most of the guys were reaching in many of the songs. Falsetto is both difficult and daring. In the past, a few of the guys have gone for those notes, but with this album it seems like they are taking more risks. I feel it has paid off.
To sum up, the album does not disappoint with its catchy tunes, poetic lyrics and growth in vocals and song themes. It is the true mark of a new beginning and an impressive one at that.