Jul 25th, 2007 // 10 Comments

bsb.jpgSince moving-related dementia has led me to listen to nothing but a fucked-up cocktail of Wowee Zowee and Millennium for the last three days, I was overjoyed to see that the Backstreet Boys are prepping a new CD. I was slightly less-joyed to see that the first single is a “piano-heavy rock ballad.” Have the Boys learned nothing from the Max Martin-spurning Ms. Clarkson? [Billboard]

  1. Al Shipley

    Note that the piano-heavy rock ballad in question is titled “Inconsolable.” I predict it will sound exactly like “Incomplete” with two different syllables in the chorus.

  2. musicquizking

    BSB should be forced to have Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson write every single song on their next album.

  3. ascot-revival

    I hope it’s a Lou Pearlman benefit single.

  4. Nicolars

    Jessica, you’re mad! “Just Want You to Know” is rock ballad-y, and it is one of their best singles.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    @GovernmentNames:
    I predict it will sound exactly like “Incomplete” with two different syllables in the chorus.

    Can I confess something? I loved “Incomplete,” overemotive/offkey singing and all. It was like a Bryan Adams ballad gone Europop, which should have been awful but instead was weirdly grand (I’m of the Adams-was-good-when-he-recorded-stuff-like-”Run to You”/”Heaven” school; I hate his ’90s soundtrack ballady shit). And it had a monster hook. I was surprised it didn’t do better on the U.S. charts, but I think they hit an inopportune moment (summer ’05) for that sound.

    I guess I’m saying I thought the “piano-heavy rock ballad” sound was a good move for BSB, considering their need to age out of the boy-band demo, and I wouldn’t mind them giving it a second try.

  6. Bob Loblaw

    It’s going to sound exactly like the Fray, minus the primetime-drama soul.

  7. Al Shipley

    I know a lot of people that liked “Incomplete,” so that’s not a really shocking confession, although like Nicolars above, I thought “Just Want You To Know” was much better.

  8. Thierry

    For a blueprint on how to move into their man-band years, they could do worse than look at Take That’s recent comeback – first single “Patience” was a huge, sugary sweet (but not icky) ballad, which was followed by “Shine”, an irresistible Queen-meets-the-Scissor-Sisters slab of glammy danceable pop. And voilà, back to the top of the heap…

  9. musicquizking

    “Just Want You To Know” should have been a smash!

  10. It Must Be Take a Worm for a Walk Week

    I’ll admit it too, I thought “Incomplete”, “Just Want You To Know” and “I Still” were all pretty solid singles. Definitely better than anything off of “Black and Blue” not named “Shape Of My Heart”.

    …too many quotation marks.

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