This Is Us

This Is Us

by Backstreet Boys
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This Is Us

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Jive
UPC: 0886975650422
catalogNumber: 756504

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
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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jenna16 More than 1 year ago
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 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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