Black & Blue [Japan 2000 Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When 'N Sync usurped the Backstreet Boys' record of number of albums sold in a single week early in 2000, it had to hurt the Backstreets, since it was played in the press as if they had lost the teen pop throne. By the time the group released their third album, Black & Blue, Thanksgiving week 2000, 'N Sync was still popular, but the arc of No Strings Attached illustrated that they were weak where the Backstreets were strong -- namely, they couldn't really deliver the seductive mid-tempo pop tunes and ballads that were the backbone of the Boys' crossover success. Songs like "Shape of My Heart," which flows as gracefully as "I Want It That Way," prove that the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When 'N Sync usurped the Backstreet Boys' record of number of albums sold in a single week early in 2000, it had to hurt the Backstreets, since it was played in the press as if they had lost the teen pop throne. By the time the group released their third album, Black & Blue, Thanksgiving week 2000, 'N Sync was still popular, but the arc of No Strings Attached illustrated that they were weak where the Backstreets were strong -- namely, they couldn't really deliver the seductive mid-tempo pop tunes and ballads that were the backbone of the Boys' crossover success. Songs like "Shape of My Heart," which flows as gracefully as "I Want It That Way," prove that the Backstreet Boys do teen pop ballads better than anyone, but what's interesting about Black & Blue is how aggressively they protect their territory. Of course, it's relative protection, since they, like 'N Sync and Britney Spears, work with Max Martin, the man behind the biggest hits by all three artists. Consequently, it's not a coincidence that "Get Another Boyfriend" is a dead ringer for "It's Gonna Be Me" crossed with "Baby One More Time," but what gives Black & Blue character is that it's clear that the Backstreets want to remain kings of their world. So, the ballads are smoother than ever, and their dance numbers hit harder, all in an attempt to keep their throne. It works, even if it takes a couple spins before the singles stand out, since the Backstreets' material and voices are stronger than that of their peers, adding up to state of the art teen-pop. [The Japanese release includes two bonus tracks: "What Makes You Different" and "All I Have to Give."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/2000
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 638592211728
  • Catalog Number: 922117
  • Sales rank: 17,617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Backstreet Boys Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Babyface Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tony Battaglia Acoustic Guitar
Randy Bowland Guitar
Nathan East Bass
Henrik Janson Guitar
Randy Thornton Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
David Krueger Keyboards
Max Martin Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nick Carter Vocals
Kevin Richardson Vocals
Howie Dorough Band
Thomas Lindberg Bass
Per Magnusson Keyboards
Peter Svensson Guitar
Stockholm Session Orchestra Strings
Gustave Lund Percussion
Uli Janson Conductor
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer, drum programming
Bob Brown Engineer
Timmy Allen Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Larry Campbell Producer, Contributor, Instrumentation
Henrik Janson String Arrangements, String Conductor
Mark Kibble Arranger, Producer
John Lawry Engineer
Tom McCauley Engineer
Les Pierce Engineer
Randy Poole Engineer
Chris Trevett Engineer
Michael Tucker Vocal Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Producer, Contributor, Instrumentation
John A. Katalenic Orchestration, String Arrangements, Piano Arrangement
David Krueger Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Marcelo Pennell Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
George Spatta Engineer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Nick Gamma Art Direction
Max Martin Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Instrumentation
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Flip Osman Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Veit Renn Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Paul Foley Engineer
Howie Dorough Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Adam Barber Engineer
Per Magnusson Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
John Amatiello Engineer, Digital Editing
Alan Armitage Engineer
Kristian Lundin Producer, Engineer
Rami Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Stefan Boman Vocal Engineer
Dona Kay Flint String Contractor
Chris Haggerty Digital Editing
Dirk Woodruff Engineer
David Thomas Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Uli Janson String Arrangements, String Conductor
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