Unbreakable - Backstreet Boys
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  • Summary: The sixth studio album does not include Kevin Richardson, who left the group.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. Nearly everything here is top 40 or AC radio-ready.
  3. Minor complaints aside, pound for pound and song for song, Unbreakable may just be the best pop album of the year so far.
  4. Backstreet Boys don't have any songs that will lift them out of the adult contemporary world--but the audience who has turned from teens to adults with them will likely enjoy its easy sound, as there is nothing bad here. There's just nothing great, either.
  5. An album that lacks both a mission statement and a sense of purpose.
  6. Unbreakable makes small nods to adult pop, peppering the processed music with tasteful piano and light guitar riffs and keeping bright, danceable grooves to a minimum. But the material stinks worse than ever.
  7. A deadly dull set of cliché-packed piano ballads probably isn't the best way for aging harmony synchers to prove to their shrinking tween audience that the old Boys (sans Kevin Richardson) have still got it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 7 out of 29