Album Review: Backstreet Boys' "DNA" is Upon Us!

A 90s Renaissance is among us. With mom jeans, circle sunglasses and Athleisure making a comeback within the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the music industry threw it back to the golden decade as well.
I would say the Backstreet Boys are BACK, but they never left.
Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell– better known as the Backstreet Boys– have just released their ninth studio album, DNA.
A press release stated that the group "analyzed their individual DNA profiles to see what crucial element each member represents in the group's DNA," and the album features a mixture of genres to match each the five members tastes.
"These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group," Richardson said.
"It's our DNA. We're really proud of that."
BSB are one of the few boy bands from the 90s that have been able to find success after their peak, and it doesn't look like they're ready to slow down any time soon. In their career spanning nearly two decades, they've managed to simultaneously adapt to the constantly changing music industry while holding on to their roots.
But if you're looking for the group's typical love ballads or career-defining anthems, you won't find them in DNA. What you WILL find, though, is a fresh (and matured) spin on their traditional sound thanks to collaborators like Lauv, Kuk Harrell, Andy Grammer, Ryan Tedder and Stuart Crichton.
DNA opens up with a EDM-inspired and synth-heavy banger, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." The single was released back in May accompanied by this music video:
Backstreet Boys "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Official Music Video
The group experiments a bit on tracks like "New Love," sampling a little R&B, and "Passionate," a bass-heavy groove featuring an entire brass section.
But don't worry, there are ample amounts of nostalgia to swoon over. "Chances," co-written by Shawn Mendes, gives each member a chance to show off their pipes.
The boys boast their signature effortless harmonies in songs like "Breathe," which is entirely a cappella, and "No Place," a heartfelt acoustic bop with a music video featuring the guys' own families.
Backstreet Boys "No Place" Official Music Video
No matter how much the music landscape has changed since the band's inception in 1993, one thing's for sure: the Backstreet Boys know their identity and run with it.
DNA will be supported by a lengthy world tour kicking off May 11th in Portugal, Lisbon. You can head over to Live Nation to purchase tickets and visit the Backstreet Boys' website for a complete list of dates.
The North American shows are listed below!
Backstreet Boys 2019 DNA World Tour Dates:
July 12 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 17 – Toronto, ON @ @ Scotiabank Arena
July 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
July 24 – Calgary, AB @ ScotiaBank Saddledome
July 25 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
July 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 29 – Seattle, WA @ Angel of the Winds Arena
July 30 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
August 1 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
August 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
August 4 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
August 5 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
August 8 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 10 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 12 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
August 15 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center
August 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
August 18 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
August 20 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
August 21 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
August 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
August 24 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
August 26 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 27 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
August 28 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
August 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
August 31 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 1 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 3 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome Convention Center
September 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena
September 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
September 7 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 8 – Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center
September 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
September 13 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
September 15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
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