"So this was the CD that made me the happiest. It has a number of BSB songs that probably all BSB fans have heard at some point in their lives. Just to be Close to You has been in my head since I got the cd. It was the first to arrive in the condition it was promised in. I received an email the day it was shipped along with 2 DVDs and the CD arrived first, which was shocking, since it was farther away. Pretty much, this CD rocks. OLD CLASSIC BSB> the Reason they are UNBREAKABLE!"
Are you a Pop Fan?
M. Stanley | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Then, this is an album for you!!!
Even for someone who doesn't like BSB, this album is a great addition to anyone's pop collection.
It's BSB, the first album out, previously only released overseas. It's BSB, before they found their pop niche, and the brainchild of NKOTB's creators.
The album actually sounds a lot like NKOTB, mostly becuase BSB were supposed to be their replacement. But, what you get here is pure and sinple--5 crooners, great ballads about love and fickleness, dance beats about being young and partying, and a song about heartbreak. It's a simple formula really, and it seems to work generation after generation.
If this album were to come out now, it may be repeatedly played on Radio Disney with the HSM soundtrack and Hanna Montana. Yes, people, it's that sugar-coated and youthful.
Overall, the production is a little outdated, and the songs a little too sweet. But, what else would you have expected froma boy band in the 90's.
Thankfully, by the time BSB got to the US they were fine-tuned, and had found their own tempo. But, still the first album is a good one, and worth a listen."
I still prefer this to Never Gone
Laury B. | Canada | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There was a time when bubblegum pop dominated the charts, when girls would faint at the sight of handsome crooners while their boyfriends would roll their eyes in exasperation. This was the late '90s, and while the boyband craze has long faded away, the Backstreet Boys proved to be more than pretty faces and one-hit wonders. Among all the other all-male pop bands of that era, BSB were (and still are) the most talented of the bunch, with genuinely beautiful and powerful voices. Whether you worship them or despise them, you can't deny the fact that they really can sing. They've been through a lot over the years, but they managed to make a pretty successful comeback in 2005. And while they deserve credit for trying to renew their sound, their latest album Never Gone doesn't have the freshness or the infectious beats of their eponymous and debut effort. Which is totally normal, because an album like this could never make its way to record store shelves today. Things have changed since the late '90s. Unfortunately, it's not necessarily for the better. I really miss the time when the Backstreet Boys were all about love and having a good time. There's a certain innocence and purity on that album which we can't find on their other albums. Of course, back in those days, BSB were merely puppets in the hands of record execs and happy to just be recording an album. But I still get a kick out of listening to this album, and it's really hard to believe that it's already been 10 years since it was released. Now in their early 30s and down one member (Kevin Richardson recently left the band to pursue solo projects), BSB have to face new challenges. Whether or not they will be able to achieve their phenomenal success of yesteryear again is anyone's guess. But right now, I prefer to party like it's 1996."
J. A. Buongiorno | Northport, AL USA | 07/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Classic BSB in the old days. It's a great CD of good sugery pop love tunes! You have to love it!"