In a World Like This

In a World Like This

by Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys


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Usually, teen idols sprint away from the notion they're racking up the years, but the Backstreet Boys cannily decided to treat their 20th Anniversary as a very big deal, bringing Kevin Richardson back into the fold -- he left after 2005's Never -- for a tour, a documentary, and In a World Like This, the band's seventh album. Over the course of the back half of the 2000s, Backstreet Boys slowly accepted their advancing age, making a slow shift from dance-pop toward adult contemporary, and although it has a sharper gleam in its sheen, In a World Like This doesn't find BSB reversing this trend. Working primarily with longtime colleague Max Martin, Morgan Taylor Reid, and Martin Terefe, who has produced Jason Mraz, Ron Sexsmith, James Morrison, and KT Tunstall among other singer/songwriters, Backstreet Boys take sideways glances toward their past but focus on the present, happy to keep things smooth even when the rhythms get a little heated. Most of the heavier dance beats come courtesy of Reid -- the single "Permanent Stain," "One Phone Call," the shoutalong closer "Soldier" -- but even then it rarely feels as if the Backstreet Boys are desperate for a club hit; as much as anything, these harder beats are there for some variety in texture. Max Martin does an admirable job in deglossing his hooks on the title track, but where BSB really shine are on the Terefe tracks, which sometimes hint at the breezy acoustic melodicism of Mraz, but better still evoke the classic stripped-down soul of prime Babyface, especially on "Try" and "Trust Me." Perhaps there are moments where texture trumps composition, but overall In a World Like This is a surprisingly mature and fine record from a former boy band that seems unafraid to act its age.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2013
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 0859381003809
catalogNumber: 3809
Rank: 27343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Backstreet Boys   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Max Martin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dan Muckala   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carlos Sosa   Horn,Saxophone,Horn Engineer
Nick Carter   Vocals
Kevin Richardson   Vocals
Howie Dorough   Vocals
Brian Littrell   Vocals
Glen Scott   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer
Kristian Lundin   Keyboards
Reggie Watkins   Trombone,Horn,Horn Engineer
Martin Terefe   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion
Andreas Olsson   Synthesizer
Tomas Ljung   Hand Clapping
Grooveline Horns   Horn,Horn Engineer
Nikolaj Torp   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
AJ McLean   Vocals
Adam Lester   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Bryan   Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Keller   Background Vocals
Fernando Castillo   Trumpet,Horn,Horn Engineer
Bryan Shackle   Background Vocals
Kris Sonne   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

David Davidson   String Arrangements
Magne Furuholmen   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dan Muckala   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nick Carter   Composer
Kevin Richardson   Composer
Howie Dorough   Composer
Brian Littrell   Composer
Glen Scott   Programming,Engineer
Justin Trugman   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Kristian Lundin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Martin Terefe   Composer,Producer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Jaakko Manninen   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Andreas Olsson   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Adam Cole   Engineer
Justin Nozuka   Composer
Jordan Butcher   Art Direction
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Jordan Omley   Composer,Vocal Producer
Sean Douglas   Composer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Nick Whitecross   Composer
Franny Graham   Engineer
AJ McLean   Composer
Sam Keyte   Programming,Engineer
James Bryan   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Morgan Taylor Reid   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Clinton Welander   Engineer
Mika Guillory   Composer
Carly Wise   grooming
Bryan Shackle   Composer
Kris Sonne   Programming

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