Unbreakable

  • Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2007
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Nearly everything here is top 40 or AC radio-ready.
  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. 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.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    They come close to recreating the sheer euphoria of their biggest pre-2YK smashes on many of the up-temp dance-pop numbers that follow, [2 Nov 2007, p.64]
  5. 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.
  6. An album that lacks both a mission statement and a sense of purpose.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. MoradM
    May 24, 2008
    8
    For sure it's better than "Never Gone" and i like it so much coz of the high energy songs and good melodies so, it's normal bsb For sure it's better than "Never Gone" and i like it so much coz of the high energy songs and good melodies so, it's normal bsb album as 13 years ago Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.