Black & Blue

  • Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2000
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The sound has changed little, and the level of emoting none. Still, thunderous grooves such as Everyone and Shining Star continue to be virtually irresistible, while the quieter moments, including the hit single Shape Of My Heart will wow the ladies and the more sensitive gents for a while yet
  2. 60
    As works of art go, it isn't exactly Blood on the Tracks, and it isn't as blissfully fine as Millennium, but Black & Blue is unquestionably the most seamless boy band release of the year.
  3. Lacking 'N Sync's tireless dancing talents or Britney's demented fashion sense, the Boys still harmonize as well as the faceless background singers who prop up lesser pop puppets.
  4. Unfortunately, over a third of the songs on this album are ballads, and most of them are fillers at that.
  5. Checkout.com
    50
    Black & Blue finds the Boys traveling all-too-familiar prefab-pop terrain (production-wise, it's the sonic twin of teen queen Britney's most recent effort), with overwhelmingly forgettable results.
  6. Black & Blue merely maintains a holding pattern, recycling their past and doing little to establish a firm future.
  7. Back-to-church-basement harmonies and familiar pledges of eternal devotion.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. ChelesaA
    May 1, 2006
    8
    You have to be a true Backstreet fan and know what they went thorugh to create this album. yes it doesnt compare to the others but it still You have to be a true Backstreet fan and know what they went thorugh to create this album. yes it doesnt compare to the others but it still sounds like backstreet. They made this album for us to enjoy. If you dont like it oh well... some other s may and its what they are into. Full Review »
  2. brital
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    It is a great album... By far one of my favourites...
  3. MaryS.
    May 14, 2005
    10
    Amazing...I'm going to love them forever