In a World Like This - Backstreet Boys

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    Perhaps there are moments where texture trumps composition, but overall In a World Like This is a surprisingly mature and fine record from a former boy band that seems unafraid to act its age.
  2. Jul 31, 2013
    This album won’t set the world on fire like Millennium did--quite likely nothing they do again will. But for what they’ve become, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    The resulting LP is roughly 100 times less fun than the Boys' cameo in This Is the End.
  4. Jul 30, 2013
    The group's musical personality feels somewhat whitewashed; many of In A World Like This' songs are indistinguishable from ones by OneRepublic, The Wanted, or The Script.
  5. 83
    The Backstreet Boys adopt a streamlined--dare we say mature--sound on their eighth album. [2 Aug 2013, p.67]
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    Longtime songwriter Max Martin has cooked up a title track that ranks as one of the blandest songs of his career.... Most of the first half carries on in this fashion, with the exception of the strummy anti-bullying ballad Madeleine, a showcase for AJ McLean's sweet voice. The second half is more interesting, making more of their spot-on vocal harmonies.
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    They seem stuck returning to the same predictable song structures and turgid melodies that made them famous in the first place.
  8. Aug 1, 2013
    Max Martin wrote the opening track on each of those early records, as he does here on their eighth. But even the anthemic title tune can’t hoist the group out of elevator-music territory.
  9. Jul 30, 2013
    Whether it’s literally providing oxygen like some kind of romantic scuba mask on “Breathe” or helping get the party started on Euro-disco throbbers like “Permanent Stain,” it is taking care of business.
  10. Jul 30, 2013
    Is anything here going to be as iconic in their catalog as "Everybody"? Probably not. But there are far worse records than this to greet you at the pearly gates.
  11. Jul 29, 2013
    The music is just as you'd expect: uplifting cheese.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    If someone would say why 10 then here's the answer :
    Its their first album with Kevin's beautiful voice back.
    The tone of the songs of this
    album touches the heart and it feels like you are the one who is singing the songs.
    The melodies are really perfects.
    Backing vocals and sound mixing is above average.
    There's diversity in both the music and vocals.
    This album is not just like Boy Band stuff there's pretty mature sound in it.
    And that's all.
    I recommend this album to every one who liked Millennium and Never Gone of BSB.
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  2. Aug 1, 2013
    Coulda been better, and not their best stuff. Lyrics were almost laughable at times. However, there are a few tracks that carry the album to what they are known for, which is far above most pop music these days. Full Review »
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    The Backstreet Boys has always been a singles band, with a big focus on live performance, so it feels sort of unfair to review their album. For me, their style has always been hit-or-miss, with many misses for every hit. Still, the one thing that even the band's harshest critics must admit is that these guys can really sing and harmonize. They all have good, distinct voices, and they know how to make their voices work together. This is a rare and good thing. When they hit the right material, they can break a song open and make it soar like no other male vocal band I know. The song "In A World Like This" is definitely the right material. "Breathe" and "Make Believe" are too. These songs easily represent the band's best work in over a decade and all three are a great pleasure to hear. I'll probably listen to only these three songs from here on out, but crafting three good songs in a single album is rare for any band, especially a boy band all grown up. Good work guys! Full Review »