Never Gone [DualDisc]

( 3 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's been nearly five years since the Backstreet Boys have released a new album, but as the all-too-literal title of 2005's Never Gone makes clear, they don't want you to call their fourth LP a comeback -- in their mind, they've been here for years. That's not strictly true, since all five members have disappeared from the charts, if not the tabloid headlines, since their 2000 flop, Black & Blue. While fellow teen pop icons like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera had successful transitions into adulthood, while Jessica Simpson turned reality TV star and Mandy Moore turned genuine actress for pity's sake, we will ignore Britney Spears' horrifying ...
See more details below
DualDisc - CD/DVD
$18.99
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$19.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $15.51   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's been nearly five years since the Backstreet Boys have released a new album, but as the all-too-literal title of 2005's Never Gone makes clear, they don't want you to call their fourth LP a comeback -- in their mind, they've been here for years. That's not strictly true, since all five members have disappeared from the charts, if not the tabloid headlines, since their 2000 flop, Black & Blue. While fellow teen pop icons like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera had successful transitions into adulthood, while Jessica Simpson turned reality TV star and Mandy Moore turned genuine actress for pity's sake, we will ignore Britney Spears' horrifying descent into white trash abyss, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell all faded away as A.J. McLean suffered a very public addiction to various substances. Nick Carter also suffered at the hands of the tabloids, in large part due to a very stormy relationship with Paris Hilton, but he also had the distinction of being the only Backstreet Boy to deliver a solo album -- Now or Never in 2002 -- which meant that he was the only BSB with an ignoble flop to his credit, as well. Now or Never had the distinction of being an old-school teen pop album being delivered too far after the craze. Carter's peers were changing their stripes, but he stuck to the tried and true BSB formula and was punished by the fickle public accordingly. Given that public humiliation, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Carter and the other Boys are wise enough to try something new on Never Gone: they've abandoned the teen pop of the late '90s for anthemic adult contemporary that sounds a bit like Bryan Adams circa 1990. It's not a reinvention as much as a lateral move, shifting from one kind of pop that's not selling to another that's not selling, but to their credit, Backstreet Boys acquit themselves reasonably well here. First of all, there's a bit of pleasure in hearing a group throw itself into the big, resolutely square sound of '90s adult contemporary, since nobody else is doing this sound in 2005, but also it fits the group well, particularly Carter, with his newly raspy lead vocals. Second, this is by and large a well-made record, with a handful of standout tracks, notably the first single "Incomplete," the John Ondrasik-written "Weird World," which is a lot more fun than any Five for Fighting tune, the Max Martin-helmed "Just Want You to Know," and "Lose It All," which bizarrely and appealingly sounds like an MOR version of an Oasis ballad. Although the rest of the record is essentially well-made filler, it does sound good; this is one time that a pop record benefits by having a different production team for nearly every one of the album's tracks, since the sound of each tune is just different enough to keep things interesting yet unified enough to make it pleasant background music. This is all enough to make Never Gone a solid adult contemporary album, which will please both BSB diehards and the dwindling ranks who wish that the glory days of Jon Secada never ended, but its relative strength does highlight one problem with the album: this kind of music doesn't sound quite as convincing when delivered by a group of guys as it does by one singer. If Never Gone had been released as Nick Carter's second solo album or A.J. McLean's first, it would have felt more genuine, since these marginally more mature songs of love and relationships would have more resonance sung by a solo singer instead of a pack of guys. But that's nitpicking, because even if it never sells as well as Millennium did at the turn of the century, Never Gone is at the very least a successful musical makeover from the onetime teen pop kings. [Never Gone was released in two editions: a copy-protected CD that will not play on your computer without installing a separate media player, and a DualDisc, containing a CD on one side and a DVD on the other. The DualDisc has a 5.1 mix version of the album on the DVD side, along with the video for "Incomplete" as well as a brief documentary about the making of the video for "Incomplete." The CD side of the DualDisc may not register on some computers.]
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 828766964127
  • Catalog Number: 69641
  • Sales rank: 374,230

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Incomplete (3:59)
  2. 2 Just Want You to Know (3:53)
  3. 3 Crawling Back to You (3:43)
  4. 4 Weird World (4:12)
  5. 5 I Still... (3:49)
  6. 6 Poster Girl (3:56)
  7. 7 Lose It All (4:04)
  8. 8 Climbing the Walls (3:42)
  9. 9 My Beautiful Woman (3:38)
  10. 10 Safest Place to Hide (4:40)
  11. 11 Siberia (4:17)
  12. 12 Never Gone (3:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Incomplete
  2. 2 Just Want You to Know
  3. 3 Crawling Back to You
  4. 4 Weird World
  5. 5 I Still...
  6. 6 Poster Girl
  7. 7 Lose It All
  8. 8 Climbing the Walls
  9. 9 My Beautiful Woman
  10. 10 Safest Place to Hide
  11. 11 Siberia
  12. 12 Never Gone
  13. 13 Incomplete
  14. 14 Behind-The-Scenes of the Incomplete Video
  15. 15 Bonus Features
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Backstreet Boys Primary Artist
Alex Acuña Percussion
Tommy Barbarella Keyboards
Jerry Barnes Bass
Michael Bland Drums
Paul Bushnell Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
John Fields Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Brent Milligan Bass
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Joe Porter Drums
Robin Smith Conductor
Will Malone Conductor
John Shanks Guitar
Ken Chastain Percussion
Max Martin Guitar
Dan Muckala Piano, Keyboards
Greg Suran Guitar
Adam Phillips Guitar
Alex Nifong Electric Guitar
Gregg Wattenberg Guitar
Grecco Buratto Guitar
Chris McMurtry Electric Guitar
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Bass, Guitar
Brandon Heath Acoustic Guitar
Johan Reivén Drums
Technical Credits
Gary Baker Composer
Tommy Barbarella String Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Jess Cates Composer
Daniel Chase Digital Editing
Steve Diamond Composer
John Fields Producer, Engineer
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Shelly Peiken Composer
Robin Smith String Arrangements
Ren Swan Engineer
Mark Taylor Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Mark Wilder Mastering
Frank Wolf Engineer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Chris Farren Composer
Steven Miller Engineer
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
Wally Gagel Composer
Billy Mann Composer
Will Malone String Arrangements
Backstreet Boys Vocal Arrangements
Tom Coyne Mastering
John Ondrasik Composer, Executive Producer
John Shanks Producer
Adam Brown Engineer
Max Martin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
F. Reid Shippen Engineer
Dan Muckala Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Tom Leonard Composer
Robin Lerner Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Pablo Munguia Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Frankie Payne Groomer
Lindy Robbins Composer
Michael Ilbert Engineer, Digital Editing
Gregg Wattenberg Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Brian Montgomery Digital Editing
Mark Valentine Engineer
Skye McCaskey Engineer
Chris Haggerty Digital Editing
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Seth Waldmann Engineer
Chris Testa Engineer
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Lasse Mårtén Drum Engineering
Paul L. Wiltshire Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Victoria Wu Composer, Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    backstreet boys new cd

    this is a rockin cd . you should go out a buy this album. i have been a backstreet boys fan for a long time. fan of bsb, rosie calahorrano

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    I must say that 5 years ago I did not like to say that I liked the Backstreet Boys, because all my friends said they were stupid and talked about how they did not like them. Now thats all changed. They have grown up. They are so much better. They use Guitar which makes them so much better. I recommand this album to anybody. This is awesome!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    backstreet's back, or are they?

    i confess i am a die hard bsb fan.always have been.i have listened to the whole cd. it is different than previous bsb material but very well done.their vocals are better than ever and you can really tell they have grown into "men." i really liked all the songs. the standouts for me were "i just want you to know," "i still," beautiful woman is my fave track. i listened to that a dozen times already. i dont think everyone will love this cd. it is more adult contemporary. there are no tracks like "the call" on this one. i will bu buying it tomorrow morning. congrata on your sobriety aj...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews