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. Minor complaints aside, pound for pound and song for song, Unbreakable may just be the best pop album of the year so far.
  3. Nearly everything here is top 40 or AC radio-ready.
  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
  1. JuliaB.
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    I like the album because they evoluted, the musics are more creative, the beat is good to hear... they did a pretty good job on this album.
  2. ihatebsb!eiad
    Nov 18, 2007
    10
    even tho` i used to hate them this album is THE BEST POP ALBUM i`ve heared,it`s somthing new and fresh,not just that byt greaaaat also ^^. even tho` i used to hate them this album is THE BEST POP ALBUM i`ve heared,it`s somthing new and fresh,not just that byt greaaaat also ^^. songs like "somthing that i already know" and "every thing but mine" will answer ur questions,is this really the best album this year? YES BABYYY! Expand
  3. NicoleM.
    Dec 5, 2007
    10
    Such a good album. Highly recommended
  4. kristanh.
    Nov 5, 2007
    9
    This should have been their comeback cd. The songs aren't as rich sounding with one member absent but it is still grade A pop. It's This should have been their comeback cd. The songs aren't as rich sounding with one member absent but it is still grade A pop. It's reminiscent of their older stuff but definitely update with a beat that would be appreciated by the critics of today. The guys did a good job welcome back. Expand
  5. OyinO
    Feb 22, 2008
    9
    This, to me, is their best album yet. It has the perfect blend of power ballads and dance songs. I have all their albums, including their This, to me, is their best album yet. It has the perfect blend of power ballads and dance songs. I have all their albums, including their second one, Backstreet's Back. This record, I feel fits their age and is very appropriate for the adult contemporary music market right now. My personal favorites are Something That I Already Know, Treat Me Right, Unmistakable, and Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon. Although there are songs on the album that undewhelmed me, it is an album that you can continue to listen to over and over again and never get tired of. In addition to that, the harmonies are icredibly impressive, especially that on Helpless When She Smiles. If you are looking to buy a really good pop album, I don't think you could find one better than Unbreakable. Expand
  6. KyleJ
    Nov 12, 2007
    8
    I wasn't expecting much, but I was very surprised by this album. It was a little bit heavy on the power-ballads, but the harmonies sound I wasn't expecting much, but I was very surprised by this album. It was a little bit heavy on the power-ballads, but the harmonies sound fantastic, and the overall quality is far greater than "Never Gone" or "Black and Blue." "Everything But Mine" and "Any Other Way" are two of my favorite tracks, worth a listen in my opinion. I don't know if the overall product quite brings back the feel that made them a 90's hit, but it comes closer than their last two efforts. Worth a buy I'd say. Expand
  7. CrapStreetPukedInMyMouth
    Nov 10, 2007
    0
    Yeah you did write that much about a new Backstreet album. I feel so sorry for you and what meaningless lives you all have.

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