Unbreakable

Unbreakable

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by Backstreet Boys
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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."

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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.
Billboard - Jill Menze
Nearly everything here is top 40 or AC radio-ready, particularly the piano-driven first single, "Inconsolable," and the Beatles-y "Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon."

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0886971696721
catalogNumber:
716967

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Performance Credits

Backstreet Boys   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
Stevie Blacke   Strings
Paul Bushnell   Bass
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
Emanuel Kiriakou   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Dan Muckala   Piano,Keyboards
Monisa Angell   Viola
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Joe Friedman   Guitar
Adam Anders   Bass
David Thomson   Guitar
Pete Wallace   Piano
Chuck Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Hodges   Piano,Keyboards
Jeremy Lutito   Drums
Greg Johnston   Bass,Guitar
Josh Muckala   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Anderson   Engineer
Samuel Baron   Director
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,Producer,Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Jason Nevins   Producer,Remixing
Lars Fox   Digital Editing
John Shanks   Producer
Mitch Allan   Producer,Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Producer
Dan Muckala   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brent Paschke   Engineer
Bernard Gourley   Video Director
Chris Brooke   Engineer,Drum Engineering
A.J. McLean   Composer
Adam Anders   Producer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
JC Chasez   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Producer
Pete Wallace   Engineer
Matty Green   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer,drum programming
Brian Paturalski   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jason Rankins   Engineer
Rob Wells   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Zukhan Bey   Programming
David Hodges   Producer,Engineer
Rayna Kay   Video Director

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