This Is Us - Backstreet Boys
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  • Summary: The Backstreet Boys second album without Kevin Richardson reunites them with producer Max Martin.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. On This Is Us, the group sounds great for their age, and they sound like they're at their peak.
  2. The new disc does mark the band's return after a decade to its old teen-pop sound, and considering these guys' combined age, the result is surprisingly unembarrassing.
  3. Years removed from their teen-pop prominence, Backstreet Boys continue to produce pleasurable hooks and hummable vocal harmonies on This Is Us.
  4. A competent but very late-adopted pop-trance slurry.
  5. Most of the songs are just complete misfires.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    this album rockzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :-) the way the brian sings is more nice than before all albums and the linkin park should learn from them bsb forever Expand
  2. MariaS.
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    Great album! The only song I'm not too keen on is She's a dream but all other songs are great.
  3. AmrL.
    Oct 10, 2009
    10
    BSB the best band i've ever seen.
  4. JessicaT
    Nov 18, 2009
    10
    This Is Us is fan-freakin-tastic! Get out and buy it if you haven't already. The smooth hip-hop feel of "If I Knew Then" and "This Is Us" is pure magic and shows the talent the guys have of captivating the female audience. I love all the songs (I agree though that "PDA" is a little weird -but all is forgiven), but my absolute favorite would have to be "Shattered". The lyrics and the arrangement is hauntingly beautiful and the first time I listened to it had tears in my eyes. Anyone who has ever had a broken heart can definitely relate to the feelings that this song stirs up. BSB's performance on this album is outstanding! Expand
  5. IslaS.
    Oct 13, 2009
    9
    I think that, all in all, this is a decent album from a group that have done well to last so long in the music business (over 16 years they've been going now) having been labelled as a boy band. Yes their songs are pop and are typically boy band material but they do have particularly strong vocals which are again shown off pretty well in this album. I like the use of various instruments and some sound effects are present from time to time which adds to the atmosphere of the tracks. I like that this is another album that has quite an uplifting feel to it. It isn't utterly 'sugary sweet', its quite listenable, I don't feel too embarrassed playing the majority of the tracks. I think this time around, they've, for the most part, swapped quantity (track wise) for quality and so having listened to the album in full a few times, im left feeling impressed. This, to me, features the classic Backstreet sound with a modern twist and it isn't as mediocre as their last studio album was, so I would definitely say its worth checking out. If this is your sort of thing then check it out. Expand
  6. FloD
    Oct 14, 2009
    8
    First didn't like their "new" sound , but now it sound great!
  7. KevinW.
    Oct 11, 2009
    0
    This is the worst album I have ever listened to.

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