Unbreakable [Deluxe Edition]

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With more than 75 million records sold worldwide, the Backstreet Boys were the boy band to beat in the late '90s. The quintet has scored a dozen Top 40 hits, including the Top 5 favorites "I Want It That Way" and "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)." After taking a four-year break from making music, Backstreet's back, and they don't miss a harmonious beat in Unbreakable, featuring the riveting first single "Inconsolable."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Backstreet Boys struck a defensive stance on their 2005 comeback, titling it Never Gone as if they hadn't been dormant for about five years. Never Gone was greeted by the requisite ...
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With more than 75 million records sold worldwide, the Backstreet Boys were the boy band to beat in the late '90s. The quintet has scored a dozen Top 40 hits, including the Top 5 favorites "I Want It That Way" and "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)." After taking a four-year break from making music, Backstreet's back, and they don't miss a harmonious beat in Unbreakable, featuring the riveting first single "Inconsolable."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Backstreet Boys struck a defensive stance on their 2005 comeback, titling it Never Gone as if they hadn't been dormant for about five years. Never Gone was greeted by the requisite flurry of press and a modest amount of success, turning platinum without really generating any real hits -- enough to revive their career but falling just short of making them stars again -- so it's not entirely a surprise that in the year following its release, Kevin Richardson left the band for a solo career while Nick Carter tried his hand at reality TV, teaming up with his sibling for E!'s House of Carters, a move that gained Backstreet Boys about as much publicity as Tommy Lee Goes to College did for Mötley Crüe. Carter wasn't about to leave BSB, though, he was just biding time until the group assembled their next album, 2007's Unbreakable. Bearing a title equally as defiant as Never Gone, the Backstreets do sound a little bit shaken here, as they revive a modicum of their sound of 2000, all the better to balance the somewhat stodgy adult contemporary vibe of their 2005 album. These dancier, poppier moments -- such as "Everything But Mine," which opens the album after a slight harmony intro from the boys; "One in a Million," which conjures memories of the stuttering eight-note beats of "Larger Than Life"; or "Any Other Way," which doesn't quite have the guts to go completely Futuresex in the way its thumping electro-beat suggests, so it slides into Chicago territory -- are used as window dressing for tunes that aren't as lively as "Everybody Backstreet's Back," but the lighter touch does help the many ballads. Also helping Unbreakable is the focus that a handful of producers give it: most of this is produced and often co-written by Dan Muckala, who specializes in keeping things breezy, both on the ballads and up-tempo tunes, and the John Shanks, Emanuel Kiriakou, Billy Mann, and JC Chasez productions fit seamlessly next to each other. So, like Never Gone, the basic sound of the album is good, but the problem is that few of the songs stick -- even less than they did last time around, which is too bad because the biggest Backstreet hits, like "I Want it That Way" and "Quit Playing Games With My Heart," crossed over from the teen pop genre because the songs were so strong. Here, the 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. [A Deluxe Edition with two bonus tracks was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 886971738827
  • Catalog Number: 717388

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:58)
  2. 2 Everything But Mine (4:06)
  3. 3 Inconsolable (3:37)
  4. 4 Something That I Already Know (3:29)
  5. 5 Helpless When She Smiles (4:05)
  6. 6 Any Other Way (3:23)
  7. 7 One in a Million (3:32)
  8. 8 Panic (2:54)
  9. 9 You Can Let Go (3:32)
  10. 10 Trouble Is (3:33)
  11. 11 Treat Me Right (4:10)
  12. 12 Love Will Keep You Up All Night (4:14)
  13. 13 Unmistakable (3:48)
  14. 14 Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon (3:22)
  15. 15 Downpour (3:21)
  16. 16 In Pieces (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Backstreet Boys Primary Artist
David Angell Violin
Stevie Blacke Strings
Paul Bushnell Bass, Bass Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
David Davidson Violin
Lee Levin Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Billy Mann Guitar
Jeff Pitzer Violin
John Shanks Guitar, Keyboards
Mitch Allan Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Dan Muckala Piano, Keyboards
Monisa Angell Viola
Dorian Crozier Drums
Adam Anders Bass
Pete Wallace Piano
Chuck Butler Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Hodges Piano, Keyboards
Jeremy Lutito Drums
Josh Muckala Electric Guitar
Dave Schuler Guitar
Adam Lester Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Stevie Blacke Arranger
Daniel Chase drum programming
Ed Cherney Engineer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Pat Thrall Engineer, Digital Editing
Steve Durkee Engineer
Kara DioGuardi Producer
Billy Mann Arranger, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Lars Fox Digital Editing
John Shanks Producer, Audio Production
Mitch Allan Producer, Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dan Muckala Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brent Paschke Engineer
Chris Brooke Engineer
A.J. McLean Composer
Adam Anders Producer
Denise Trorman Art Direction
JC Chasez Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Pete Wallace Engineer
Matty Green Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer, drum programming
Brian Paturalski Engineer
Zukhan Bey Programming
David Hodges Producer, Engineer
Neff-U Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Pop Album!

    After hearing the album, I told my wife that there was no way a critic could bash this album. Here is my take on the new BSB album since I've already heard it. It is, by far, the best Pop album made in a very long time! The intro is great, it shows that they are talented and not a "Boy Band". Everything But Mine- is nothing like Duran Duran! Great song to hear in a club. Inconsolable- is classic BSB, I couldn't believe they chose it for the first single, it's a sleeper song. Something That I Already Know- WOW! One of their best songs EVER! Should have been the first single! Helpless When She Smiles- Good song, another sleeper. Any Other Way- A very good song! One In A Million- once again,this is a GREAT song! The previous songs are like an 80's pop-punk sound. Panic- MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!! Great song! Upbeat, new sound, you name it! You Can Let Go- a great feel good song. Great harmonies! Trouble Is- My wife's favorite song. She played it for her class of eighth graders and they thought it was Chris Doughtry (spell?). I think it should be released on the country stations. Treat Me Right- is an awesome song! This could do great on radio. Upbeat, new style, and funky. Love Will Keep You Up All Night- classic BSB. Good song. Unmistakable- WOW! This is another one that I would have picked for the first single. Great message, eerie/smooth sound. Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon- I love the way this begins! A great closing to the record. Classic BSB with new, mature sound, just like the album. All previous BSB albums have at least one cheesy bubble gum song, not on this album. Unbreakable, which was written, produced, A and R ed by the BSB, shows that they are growing in music and should have always been more involved in the producing of their albums. If you are a pop music fan, YOU MUST GET THIS ALBUM!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Boys are BACK!

    This is def. their best album yet! They stayed true to their sound and added some upbeat dance beats as well as their classic pop tunes. LOVE THEM! ALWAYS DID ALWAYS WILL! They admit they are a boy band and obviously the last one standing! :oD So Sexy!!! Love you guys! Buy this cd, its a no brainer...it should be in your cart by now :o"...for real plus they WROTE most of the tracks, def. showing off that they are multitalented! :o" Love them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BACKSTREET'S BACK!!!!!

    I have loved bsb for almost 14 years. They rule. I know unbreakable will out do never gone even though i loved never gone. Bsb is still the best group ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BACKSTREET BOYS ARE BACK!!!!

    It's been awhile since the backstreet boys have had a hit, but they've come back with a bang! Their latest cd is awesome! And for all you bsb fans out there, you should get it right when it hits stores, because they'll sell fast!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KEEP THE BACKSTREET PRIDE ALIVE!

    I have already had the opportunity to listen to this cd. Let me tell you, they have the ability to stay up to date with the current sound of today. This is one of their best albums. They're not afraid to take on the obsticals that come their way. Even without Kevin Richardson, They can still keep the bsb pride alive!

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