This Is Us [Bonus DVD]

This Is Us [Bonus DVD]

by Backstreet Boys

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This Is Us [Bonus DVD]

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. [a bonus DVD version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2009
Label: Sony Import
UPC: 0886975808823
catalogNumber: 7580882


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,Vocal Producer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Karlin   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Francesco Romano   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Brent Paschke   Engineer
James Scheffer   Composer
Nick Carter   Composer
Howie Dorough   Composer
Brian Littrell   Composer
Carsten Schack   Composer
Red One   Composer
Kristian Lundin   Vocal Producer
Printz Board   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Frankie Payne   Groomer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
Craig Durrance   Engineer
James Francais Russell   Video Director
Martin Cooke   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Kai Regan   Video Director
Emer Patten   Video Producer
Robert Marks   Engineer
T-Pain   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Brian Kennedy   Producer,Instrumentation
Alexander James   Composer
RedOne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Josh Hoge   Composer
Aaron Grosky   Executive Producer
Kevin Wall   Executive Producer
Jordan Omley   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Novel   Programming,Instrumentation
Shellback   Composer,Engineer
Rochelle Karidis   Groomer
Johnny Severin   Vocal Editing
Megan Gutman   Video Producer
Mister Pyro   Producer
Busbee   Composer
Michael Mani   Composer
Jordan Suecof   Composer
Kenneth Karlin   Composer
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Composer

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