One of the more exciting parts of my weekend was covering the Backstreet Boys 20th Anniversary Fan Celebration at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday. Of course I wasn’t as excited as the people who camped out from 8pm on Friday, or those who paid $150 for a meet and greet [ie a quick hello and a picture if you’re lucky] but I’ll admit I did struggle to contain my inner fangirl when Brian Littrell walked past me.
Along with doing interviews with the press, a Q & A with the fans and giving a sneak peek of their upcoming documentary, the group gave the crowd a preview of their new album and for any BSB fans out there, I’m happy to say it’s a return to form. Uber producer Max Martin [ who is responsible for Quit Playing Games, Everybody and I Want It That Way, to name just a few] is back and his influence is clear on the new record.
We heard eight songs [full album which was also produced by Prophet and Morgan will be 13 plus bonus tracks] and the guys gave a little bit of background on each.
Soldier: Nick and Howie wrote this one and it’s a typical, upbeat BSB song. Instantly recognisable as one of theirs.
Breathe: This is similar to any slower song on a typical BSB album
Trust Me: More acoustic driven, none of the group wrote this but they all agreed they instantly fell in love with it and had to have it on the album.
Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of: This was inspired by the Backstreet Babies and Kevin started crying twice when talking about it, once during press interviews and again with the fans.
In Your Arms: Howie and Nick teamed up to write this dance track.
Madeleine: More guitar led and co-written by AJ, who wanted to write something about the epidemic of bullying.
Try: James Morrison wrote this and AJ takes lead vocals. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a Morrison song, quite soulful.
Permanent Stain or PS: Even more so than Soldier, this is classic Backstreet Boys, just a pity about the terrible title!
Check out a mash-up below