2007 album from one of Pop's most successful acts, now slimmed down to a quartet (adios, Kevin Richardson) but sounding better than ever. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary since the release of their self-titled debut, Unbreakable sees the Backstreet Boys back in action and ready to climb the charts all over again. Features the hit 'Inconsolable'. Jive.
They're a foursome now that Kevin Richardson has left the band, but Backstreet Boys have every right to make a record called Unbreakable
and, if you can't guess why, you haven't been listening. Like every Backstreet record before it, Unbreakable
boasts Super Glue-strength harmonies and an overall tightness of sound--the boys may be practitioners of the kind of pop that music snobs love to skewer, but that doesn't mean they're not exceptionally good at it, or that there's not a lot here worth whistling to (for instance, the pleasing, mildly propulsive "Everything But Mine" or the bouncy, big-beated "One In a Million"). In addition to the dancier tunes, Unbreakable
busts out a lot for the ladies and their teen-age daughters to love: with ballads running a gamut from the dreamy ("You Can Let Go"), to the tender ("Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon"), to the transcendingly pretty ("Love Will Keep You Up All Night"), there's no shortage of opportunities for the knock-kneed and swollen-hearted to bond. Which seems like a better idea now than ever. For one thing, the music is more thoughtful and mature than ever; for another, how often does the chance to bond over something called Unbreakable
come along? --Tammy La Gorce
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