First things first, this is not the same Backstreet sound you fell in love with as a teenager!! It's been almost 5 years since the last album and the boys/Men are now trying to move into a style more fitting with their growth as adult musicians and I tell ya for the entire "Never Gone" it actually works pretty awsome! Whether their audience will follow (which they should 'cause they have all grown up now) remains a fairly straight forward kinda question, which i just answered.. oops! But yea the group has made an incredible transition with their trademark harmonies intact.
Also, because the last album "Black and Blue (2000)" noticeably suffered from the group's exhaustion with public scrutiny and private difficulties, on "Never Gone" the sound is hugely relaxed and extremely confident. Power-ballads like the first 'chosen-itself' single, "Incomplete", the smashing "Crawling Back to You", featuring Prince's drummer, my own personal favorite "Lose It All" and the dark n mysterious "Siberia" soar with great n professional vocal confidence. Even songs in which the Backstreet Boys stretch their skills, like the intricate vocal blending on "My Beautiful Woman" or the collaboration with Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik on "Weird World" or even Max Martin's rocking "Just Want You To Know" sound almost effortless.
I'm sure the Boys themselves are totally aware of the fact that the old glory days of their teen pop style; (i.e. the "Backstreet's Back (1997)" or "Millennium (1999) era") are past.. so this time around "Never Gone" is definitely a very significant stylistic shift in focus! It IS in fact, very well needed and the group has accomplished the shift successfully. Afterall NG's packed with potential No.1 Hits and have without a doubt fully satisfied the millions of their loyal old + NEW fans around the world!
Definitely worthed the wait..
.: Buy it now!