Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Nice-guy pop that's sugary sweet about love.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

They seem like nice boys.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The subtlest of innuendo, of the "she leads me back to paradise" variety.


No obvious product placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Backstreet Boys are back -- with the same clean, nice-guy image that once took the tween world by storm.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byzmpq April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 8, 2016

COOL AND AMAzing great technique

the bsb group is a role model and they have a great messages

What's the story?

If there were such a thing as a pop music \"sincere-a-thon,\" the Backstreet Boys would be contenders for first prize. On UNBREAKABLE, they deliver 16 gentle odes to teenage love with exquisite harmonies over instrumental tracks that are subtle enough to stay out of the way -- and lyrics that would sound a bit less ridiculous if they were delivered with the tiniest bit of a twinkle. Instead, the Boys let us know that they feel like \"a scene on the cutting-room floor,\" for example, with the kind of gravity and pathos more appropriately applied to a Shakespeare tragedy.

Is it any good?

The Boys' harmonies are smooth as ever with appropriate instrumentals, but there's not much depth in the delivery. For fans deep in the throes of first love, A.J., Brian, Howie, and Nick's comeback has provided a viable soundtrack. For everyone else, you may just roll your eyes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how bands that once ruled the charts try to make a comeback. Do you think the long wait between albums hypes the band and the new release? Is it always worth the wait? Do you think the build-up is on purpose? Families can also talk about the concept of using metaphors to deliver a message. Have you ever felt like "a house of cards in a hurricane" or "a scene on the cutting-room floor"? What would be a metaphor to describe your feelings right now?

Music details

  • Artist: Backstreet Boys
  • Release date: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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