Never Gone

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Fans deserve better from their boys.

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age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Nothing offensive except a total lack of taste.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two references to smoking.

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStryker April 9, 2008
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... Continue reading
Adult Written bypeterpanfreak April 9, 2008

Backstreet Men?

I've been a huge Backstreet Boys fan for 7 years now, but I'll try to make this is unbiased as possible. In the beginning, the Backstreet Boys were re... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJadeliina April 25, 2014
I love BSB so it hurts. Best band ever!
Teen, 17 years old Written byAvatarPikachu April 9, 2008

Great

I LOVE the Backstreet boys Thay ROCK !!!^_^!!!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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