This Is Us

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since their mid-2000s reunion, the Backstreet Boys have been acting like adults so it's not entirely a surprise that they've decided to shake things up on This Is Us, their third album of the comeback and second since becoming a quartet. Teaming up once again with Max Martin and working with a host of modern hitmakers as RedOne, the group takes a left turn back toward the rhythm-heavy, harmony-laden dance-pop that made their reputation a decade before. Never mind the name of the album -- the group is tellingly quite willing to fade into background, letting the producers do their work, just content to sing the hooks. It's a sharp move in two ways: BSB never had ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since their mid-2000s reunion, the Backstreet Boys have been acting like adults so it's not entirely a surprise that they've decided to shake things up on This Is Us, their third album of the comeback and second since becoming a quartet. Teaming up once again with Max Martin and working with a host of modern hitmakers as RedOne, the group takes a left turn back toward the rhythm-heavy, harmony-laden dance-pop that made their reputation a decade before. Never mind the name of the album -- the group is tellingly quite willing to fade into background, letting the producers do their work, just content to sing the hooks. It's a sharp move in two ways: BSB never had as much on-record charisma as *NSync, their best trait was how they could sell a hook without affect, and that returns here. Of course, it helps that they have a bunch of hooks here, too -- hooks that aren't quite as galvanizing as "I Want It That Way," but easily eclipsing those on the pedestrian Unbreakable, helping the band seem modern without seeming pandering. It's a move that the New Kids on the Block couldn't pull off on their tawdry, sex-obsessed comeback, and it's one that the Backstreets seemed incapable of doing just a few years ago, but on This Is Us, the group sounds great for their age, and they sound like they're at their peak -- which is no guarantee of a hit, but it sure makes for a better album than they've produced in quite a while.
Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
The new disc does mark the band's return after a decade to its old teen-pop sound, and considering these guys' combined age, the result is surprisingly unembarrassing. [B]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 886975650422
  • Catalog Number: 756504
  • Sales rank: 27,219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Straight Through My Heart (3:27)
  2. 2 Bigger (3:15)
  3. 3 Bye Bye Love (4:20)
  4. 4 All of Your Life (You Need Love) (3:55)
  5. 5 If I Knew Then (3:16)
  6. 6 This Is Us (3:03)
  7. 7 Pda (3:48)
  8. 8 Masquerade (3:03)
  9. 9 She's a Dream (3:58)
  10. 10 Shattered (3:53)
  11. 11 Undone (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Backstreet Boys Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Mike Mani Keyboards
Francesco Romano Guitar
Max Martin Keyboards
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Shellback Bass, Guitar, Drums
Technical Credits
Brian Kennedy Composer, Producer
Troy Johnson Composer
Al Clay Engineer
Bill Malina Engineer
Mike Mani Producer
Karlin Arranger, Producer
Francesco Romano Composer
Max Martin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer
Brent Paschke Engineer
James Scheffer Composer
Nick Carter Composer
Howie Dorough Composer
Brian Littrell Composer
Carsten Schack Composer
Red One Composer
Printz Board Arranger, Composer, Producer
Craig Durrance Engineer
Martin Cooke Engineer
Jim Jonsin Producer, drum programming
Ryan Tedder Composer, Producer
Javier Valverde Engineer
Robert Marks Engineer
T-Pain Composer
Claude Kelly Composer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins Composer
Alexander James Composer
RedOne Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Josh Hoge Composer
Jordan Omley Composer, Producer
Shellback Composer, Engineer
Busbee Composer
Michael Mani Composer
Jordan Suecof Composer
Kenneth Karlin Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    EXCELLENT CD! I LOVE THE BACKSTREET BOYS CD!

    The Backstreet Boys have always amazed me when it came to coming out with new songs and great CD's. When I heard they were coming out with a new CD this Tuesday Oct. 6th I was really excited. I have been a fan of the Backstreet Boys ever since I was 15. I thought that Brian Littrell was super cute and I still have his poster hanging on my wall. So tonight I went to bn.com and listened to a sample of their songs. I was so amazed at how good they were. All the songs sound great and have a fun sound to them. I can't wait to buy the CD on Tuesday and hear the full version of each of the songs. I'm so happy the Backstreet Boys are still making CD's. They are the best boy band ever. I will always be a fan of them. I can't wait to see which song David Archuleta wrote for the Backstreet Boys. This CD is 100% worth buying. I loved it.

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