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The Hits--Chapter One

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OhmygodtheBackstreetBoysrule!!!!!! OK, with that out of the way, let's review The Hits--Chapter One, which is one-stop shopping for the hunky pop group's three American albums--their 1997 self-titled debut, 1999's Millennium, and 2000's Black & Blue. The first disc really shines with "As Long as You Love Me," "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," and "All I Have to Give," capturing the Backstreet Boys' essence: sunny pop under the influence of blue-eyed soul. "I Want It That Way," from the second album, is an undeniable classic, while "The Call" has a deliciously frenzied sexual urgency and a strong, danceable beat. But the other tracks are uneven with the oddball fan-appreciation anthem "Larger Than Life" surrounded by somber, predictable ballads. The new single, "Drowning," is same-old same-old: lazy moaning over a drum machine. The Hits--Chapter One might be an optimistic name for this '90s retrospective. The future is cloudy for chapter two. --Courtney Kemp
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005QD4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Backstreet Boys were the first of the boy bands of the late '90s/early 2000s to make it big. Their catalog consists of only three previous albums, so it does seem a big premature to have a hits collection out, but apparently the third release didn't perform to expectations, so a hits set was rush released with only one new song.
Even if it seems like a last gasp for success, this CD is a great summation of the group's work up to this point. It provides proof that the group wasn't just the best of their breed (boy bands, that is), but that their best moments transcend the the recent bugglegum pop music boom.
"I Want It That Way," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," are lovely, timeless pop ballads, featuring great vocal performances. The dance numbers, like "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life," are clearly a product of modern music, but offer infectious rhythms that even early Bandstanders can dance to.
If most of the rest of the singles on this 13-track collection aren't quite as good as those afforementioned tunes (the midtempo "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" also certainly ranks with the Boys' best), they nevertheless are well-crafted. That the new single "Drowning" is the weakest track on the set may not bode well for the future however. But regardless of what the future holds for this group, this retrospective provides a strong look at what was popular in pop music around the turn of the century.
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The Backstreet Boys are argueably the best of their breed. As a long-time fan of theirs, now here comes along their first greatest hits album. Certainly they do not have as many hits as let's say, the Beatles, so why now? Well, a lot of artists come out with greatest hits collections even while they are still going fairly strong. Like Madonna, for example. 'The Immaculate Collection' came out in the early '90s, when she was still very popular and making music. Now she has two greatest hits collections...same could end up happening for the Backstreet Boys. Here are the track listings to 'The Hits--Chapter One':
1.) "I Want It That Way" ~ what can I say that hasn't already been said about this song? Truly a pop classic. One of my all-time favorite songs! From their 'Millennium' album. 5/5 stars
2.) "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" ~ this song is not the radio edit version you hear on the radio...it's the music video version and album version. This is another true classic! 5/5 stars
3.) "As Long As You Love Me" ~ my personal favorite from their self-titled disc. Mid-tempo song that was huge in '98. 5/5 stars
4.) "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" ~ their best ballad ever. It is so sad and yet, so good! 5/5 stars
5.) "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" ~ first hit ever for the Boys in the US. From their self-titled disc, another classic. 5/5 stars
6.) "All I Have To Give" ~ I really like this ballad from their self-titled album. The lyrics are sweet, but it's not one of their more popular songs. 4/5 stars
7.) "Larger Than Life" ~ more of a rockin' type of upbeat song, dedicated to their fans. The BSB love their fans so much--another reason to love THEM! 5/5 stars
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I have previously provided rants about how boy band music is no more disposable than any other type of music. Some artists who are critically acclaimed today may be forgotten five years from now. This type of music is bascially aimed at the teen and pre-teen music buying public, but it can also be enjoyed by older people like myself who appreciate good pop music. I may prefer Green Day or Good Charlotte, but I may also find myself singing along to a Backstreet Boys or 'N Sync song on the radio. The point is, music tastes come and go, and just because you don't like it does not mean it has no redeeming qualities.

That being said, this CD is a great hits collection of The Backstreet Boys. If you don't want to go out and buy their individual CD's, this is a great way to have almost all of their hits. I say almost all, because this CD sadly leaves off "We've Got it Goin' On" from their first CD. This song is especially important to me because I orginally heard it on a trip to England in 1995 before they became popular here in America. Anyway, I recommend this CD for providing almost all of their hits on one disc.
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Backstreet Boys were the most successful boyband in the late 90s when teen pop was still the favorite amongst teenagers. Backstreet Boys debuted in 1997 with the release of their first album simply titled, "Backstreet Boys", where the album produced the hits, "We've Got It Goin' On", "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)", "As Long As You Love Me", "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", "All I Have To Give", "I'll Never Break Your Heart", & "Get Down (You're The One For Me)". By 2001, Backstreet Boys released their first greatest hits album entitled, "The Hits-Chapter One", an album covering their most popular hits from 1997 to 2000. This is an album that should been owned by every Backstreet Boys fan.

Before I get to the album, let's introduce my buddies. First there is Nick Carter, the blonde Backstreet Boy. Nick grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida. He is now 24 years old. He has a younger brother named Aaron, who is also a huge star. Secondly, we have Brian Littrell, a 29-year-old resident of Kentucky. Brian is now married and is a father of one. Thirdly, we have A.J. McLean, who is sort of known as the freaky member of the band. He is 27-years-old, and is engaged to be married. Fourthly, we have Howie Dorough, a 30-year-old Latino member of the band. Lastly, we have Kevin Richardson, a 32-year-old resident of Kentucky. Kevin is also Brian's older cousin. Small world, isn't it? Moving on to the album.

I WANT IT THAT WAY

From the album Millennium (1999). Their album entitled, Millennium, which was their second album, was released in the Spring of 1999, and it was the biggest-selling album of their time, selling 1.3 million copies in the first week of its release. This song is the first single from that album and it is a great song, without a doubt.
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