Never Gone

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Fans deserve better from their boys.





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Positive messages

Depends on how you feel about really sappy love songs...

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Nothing offensive except a total lack of taste.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two references to smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although there's no objectionable content, this is big on heavy-handed cliché.

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What's the story?

It's always a little scary when an established artist or group makes a comeback after a long hiatus and gives its new project a name that screeches immortality. NEVER GONE by the Backstreet Boys takes its place alongside the Spice Girls' Forever as, at best, a naively hopeful (though technically untrue) title.

Is it any good?


For one thing, the boys have been gone, for a couple of years, since their previous album. For another, a bunch of stuff has happened in pop music in the interim that would make NEVER GONE sound musically clichéd even if the songs had something important to say and were well-written, which they are not.

The boys can still sing, and (lucky for us?) they didn't have to play any instruments on this album. Their songs are not offensive in the usual ways that cause parental concern. But lyrics like "You see colors no one else can see/In every breath you hear a symphony/You understand me like nobody can/I feel my soul unfolding, like a flower blooming" are insulting to their fans' intelligence and taste. Given the resources available to this immensely popular quintet of young men, it seems they could -- and should -- have figured out a way to do a whole lot better on the songwriting.

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  • Families can talk about the craft of songwriting and the importance of subtlety.

Music details

Artist:Backstreet Boys
Release date:June 21, 2005
Label:Jive Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byStryker April 9, 2008
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I was eagerly anticipating BSB's new album after their long break. For some reason I doubted the new album would be as memorable and great as 1999's "Millenium" - one of my favourite albums that I own. But I remained optimistic and wanted to give the group the fair chance first. Unfortunately, they disappointed me. The first track and already released single "Incomplete" is fairly decent with a tune that's almost right up there with "I Want It That Way" and others, but just doesn't have the same pulling power. The charts around the world seem to reflect that. Incomplete did well nevertheless, reaching as high as number 5 in the big charts in the Netherlands and Germany. But only in the 10's and slipping in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and even at home in the US. I think the Boys went one bridge too far. It's hugely admirable that having made so much fortunte, started doing there own things, they were still inspired and motivated to begin producing a whole new album together and take on the cut-throat competition of the music charts. Though their aim is just to see what happens, realising that their fans bans is now smaller than it was in their hey day, they still give it their best shot to show their fans that they are still doing this primarily for them. There are still screaming girls when you see them being interviewed on shows, but there are a lot less of them. I think their ultra-committed fans however, don't know if I'm one of them, deserved something better than their latest work. Most die-hard fans will buy it merely to add to their impressive BSB collection, but in terms of ranking, I'm pretty sure most fans will admit that "Never Gone" is their least favourite of the lot. My personal ranking would be:- 1) Millenium(1999) 2) Backstreet's Back(1997) 3) Black & Blue(2000) 4) Never Gone(2005) They also released an album called Greatest Hits Chapter One at the end of 2001. It featured all their best tunes from previous albums plus a bonus track called "Drowning", which did suprisingly well in the charts, and they even made a video for it. They could've waited and added that to their new album. But "Drowing" alone wouldn't have saved this very average album that, as I said before, disappointed me and I am still in the thinking process of purchasing a copy of the CD for myself.
Teen, 17 years old Written byAvatarPikachu April 9, 2008
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I LOVE the Backstreet boys Thay ROCK !!!^_^!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byJadeliina April 25, 2014


I love BSB so it hurts. Best band ever!


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