...NOT when rated against all musicians in history.
Let me start off by stating that if you have never owned a Backstreet Boys CD, and you are currently planning to, I highly suggest purchasing this one. Being a fan of these five men, I have discovered that their self-titled pales in comparison to Millennium, and their latest lp, Black & Blue, is almost a derivative of the former. The track list is riddled with sappy ballads and a taste of quick-paced rock/pop, yet many of these songs are timeless and can be easy reminders of late 90's music at its finest. Take "I Want It That Way" and "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," for example, and you've found yourself classics that are extremely difficult for true blue pop music fanatics to resist. Nonetheless, there are cheesy remnants set aloof here, such as "Spanish Eyes" and "The Perfect Fan," which can nausiate even the most romantic of beings. Overall, this album is a must if you are wise enough to work past the fact that the singers do not compose most of the songs, and if you gravitate towards harmonic, melodic, love ballads.