'Never Gone' marks the group's fifth album release. Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, AJ McClean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson continue to skillfully combine their signature elements of beautiful harmonies and power ballads with more live instruments to create an album with many different flavors. This new contemporary sound welcomes even more contributions from all members lyrically as well as musically featuring Kevin Richardson on piano and Nick Carter on guitar. 'Never Gone' continues the artistic growth and musical development since their last all new release, 'Black & Blue'. The Backstreet Boys have teamed up with some of today's hottest producers and writers to deliver one of their most compelling records to date. Dan Muckala (Aaron Neville, Mandy Moore) produced the first single, "Incomplete," which is a mid-tempo ballad that illustrates the group's tight harmony and soulful pop. Other producers include Billy Mann (Pink, Jessica Simpson, Sting) and Max Martin (Britney Spears, *NSync, Celine Dion) to name just a few. The Dual Disc will include the complete album in Enhanced Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, plus the "Incomplete" video, "Making Of The Video," in-studio footage, behind-the-scenes footage, and more! Jive. 2005.
On Never Gone
, the Backstreet Boys crib from the pop foundation they helped establish. Like a lot of smart popsters on the rebound, the reunited fab five broach their return by borrowing from the current hit makers. Even after a four-year hiatus, the flecks of new influence won't matter a bit to the fans. The boys' signature sugar-coated yearning softens every song to a melty consistency, and the lyrics haven't lost any of their babe-magnet pull. "It's all so dark and mysterious/When the one you want doesn't want you," sing the chiseled Lotharios on "Siberia." And on the final title track, a swirling crescendo sums up the sentiments of millions of heartsick, former teen devotees: "Never gone, never far/In my heart is where you are." -Tammy La Gorce