Backstreet Boys- Backstreet Boys

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.5/10

90’s kids rejoice! BSB has announced that all five original members are back and are getting ready to record a new album. To celebrate this event I decided to look back at the album that started it all. While it does have the boy’s biggest hits, it also has some of the cheesiest love songs I’ve ever heard. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting anything really good or creative (it’s just manufactured pop) but some of these songs are so bad! Unlike other pop albums from the 90’s this one isn’t exactly one you can leave on and party to.

There are a lot of songs here that are just fun to listen to and sing along with, like the opening track “We’ve Got it Goin’ On.” What I can gather from the lyrics, the song is about how awesome the Backstreet Boys are. It has weird buzzing music and a corny rap section, but it’s still a great song if you just want something to make you happy. The awesome “As Long as You Love Me” is here too. Of course, the lyrics are pretty cheesy and cliché about love and what not, but it’s the type of song that you sing along to whenever it comes on. I would consider it a pop classic, especially with some of the pop songs today. Someone actually pointed out to me that the lyrics are a little irresponsible. Sure, the boys are trying to be sweet, but do you really not care about this girl’s past? What if she’s a murderer? Or a con artist? Despite this, it’s still a staple of the 90’s.

Another really fun song is “Get Down (You’re the One For Me).” It’s a pretty simple that only has one goal in mind: getting your ass to dance! It’s actually pretty silly, especially since we have another cheesy rap, but it’s catchy and fun. What else do you expect from a boy band? The funniest song on the album has to be the closing track “If You Want to be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy).” This is obviously BSB’s “sexy” song and it’s all about sex. Just sex nothing else, which makes it seem like they were lying in those love songs. Why were we listening to this when we were like ten? It’s just so funny how the boys try so hard to be seductive and naughty. My favorite line from the song is “If you want it to be jammin’ gotta get somebody slammin’.” What the hell man?! What’s even better is during the bridge one of the guys tries out this weird scratchy Steve Tyler-esque howl that is just too much. The song is definitely bad, but in the best sort of way. I wish I could say the same for the other songs.

Some people may disagree with me on this, but BSB has some of the cheesiest love songs ever. There are a few that are at least tolerable like “All I Have to Give,” but some of the others use every cliché of a 90’s love song. Take “I’ll Never Break Your Heart.” You can sense it’s corniness just from the title of the song. What makes it so terrible is the spoken word intro. I don’t know why artists thought this was a good idea back then, but it’s not. It’s not sexy, it’s not sweet, it’s just annoying and corny as hell. The rest of the lyrics are full of the typical romantic Hallmark card cliches, but my favorite line has to be “Get to know me a little more better.” That’s not even grammatically correct!

One song that’s just plain baffling is “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.” I remember always skipping this song because it started out with some weird church organ music. Once the song gets going you’ll discover that there’s a strange mixture of hip hop tossed in as well. There’s just way too much going on here. I don’t know if the band wanted to show how diverse they were. Either way the result is disastrous. And of course it has more senseless, cheesy lyrics, but I guess we can forgive them right?

Overall, the album gets 6.5/10. There are songs here that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance and sing, but unless you like their cheesy love songs the rest of the album falls pretty flat. With awful music and corny lyrics, some of the songs are embarrassing to listen to. If you want to listen to classic BSB I would recommend buying their greatest hits CD, rather than trying to sit through this boy band debut.



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