Backstreet’s Back! New Album DNA Redeems the Beloved Boy Band
By Sarah Kamal
The Backstreet Boys, famous for such hits such as “I Want it That Way” and “Larger Than Life,” are back with a new album for the first time since the group’s 2013 album “In a World Like This.” In late January, the band released its newest album titled “DNA” which currently sits as the Number One album in the Billboard Top 100. It is the band’s first time getting the spot back since its 2000 album “Black and Blue.” The boy band was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category this year.
“DNA” consists of 12 tracks, with the cover art resembling the title of the album. It features the members going up five spiraling staircases that look like DNA strands. The album starts on a high note; the first two or three songs are refreshing and different from anything heard from the band before. but as the album goes on, all of the track end up sounding similar. The best track on the album would be its opener, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” It is similar to something that The 1975 would produce with lighthearted synths and a steady beat. It is definitely not something you would expect from the same band that sang “I Want it That Way.” “OK,” and “No Place” have a faint hint of country to them, which differs greatly from another song on the album, “Just Like You Like It,” which is more similar to the group’s older songs.
It is evident that the Backstreet Boys have been trying to incorporate different styles into their new album, resulting in a mix that sounds like One Direction, The 1975, and Maroon 5 all rolled into one. Despite this, the band’s songs do not seem to reach past a surface level of yearning love songs. Given that the group started as a boy band, however, this is not very surprising.
The Backstreet Boys have been able to adapt to how the music industry has been changing, a complex dynamic that often causes popular boy bands to fizzle out over time. Most people do not even think twice if they hear any of the group’s new songs playing on B96. This comeback truly redeemed the band and proved that the Backstreet Boys are able to stand the test of time. They still have the same great melodies and harmonies that put them on the map back in the late 90’s. The Backstreet Boys used this album to send a message that they are back in business — and ready to do anything to stay there.