To Care or Not to Care: Backstreet's Back, alright?

Bsb_lThe Backstreet Boys, sans eldest member Kevin Richardson, will release a new album on Oct. 30, in honor of their 10th anniversary on label Jive, Billboard reports. The quartet — Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean — will shoot their first single, "Inconsolable," to radio on Aug. 27. If "Inconsolable" is anything like "Incomplete" (the video for which I still say featured the Best Dramatic Acting by a Boy Band in a Video. Ever.), I’ll give it one listen. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say Richardson was the expendable member — and also that it will be better than anything that comes out of VH1’s forthcoming Man Band reality series, teaming Chris Kirkpatrick (‘N Sync), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), Rich Cronin (LFO), and Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd).

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  • Vivi

    First of all, a big WTF to VH1’s “Man Band”. But I am so there…that is gonna be one FUNNY ASS show. Unintentional comedy at its finest.
    Anywho, BSB is back? I’m torn. I absolutely ADORE them but them coming back sans Kevin is gonna feel kinda weird. I mean, me personally, I didn’t really care much for him but hey, he is still a BSBer. Oh well, let’s see how this turns out.
    Long live BSB!!!

  • Court

    Well crap. Kevin was the only one I found even remotely attractive. I never cared for their music–I always liked N Sync better.
    Leave it to Vh1–they are beginning to specialize in celebrity trainwrecks for our entertainment–I love Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club for some reason (Screech is suck a d***!), and the Scott Baio show is ridiculously addictive. I will totally watch this.

  • kats

    Nick Carter was cute once upon a time before he succumbed to the curse of Paris Hilton but he never has seemed to fully recover from that fiasco. Was interesting watching his family’s show. Gotta love those fame-mongering parents, it always works out so good for the kids. Are you listening Dina?
    Anyway, BSB had a couple of good songs. I’ll check it out before writing them off.

  • EP Sato

    Wow do those guys look like a poor man’s version of NKOTB. Too bad none of these guys seems to have a more talented younger brother like Donny Wahlberg did. I’d say the best thing to come out of NKOTB was Marc Wahlberg…
    As for Backstreet? Well, that story about one of the dudes going into rehab was pretty entertaining.
    The boy band era seems pretty dead and buried, but why not give it a shot? The Monkees made an unexpected comeback thanks to Nick at Nite, maybe these fellas have some hope too?

  • Peggy

    Every time I listen to “Incomplete” (which is embarrassingly often), I attempt to recreate Nick Carter’s raw emotion at the gas station, but I never quite manage.

  • Kristen

    YAY! Backstreet’s back! I wonder how they’ll sound without Kevin though- Boys II Men was never the same after their bass voice had to quit. Oh well, I’ll still listen. I’m sure the CD will be thrown on my Zune to add to their other CDs- and I’m equally sure I’ll be made fun of for it. Which I deserved. Sigh.

  • Todd

    Um Kristen…what’s a zune?

  • mary

    I agree that Kevin was the best-looking one. He probably is not participating because he and his wife just had their first baby a couple of weeks ago. If that’s the reason, that makes him even sexier.

  • Sarah

    I will always get excited for a Backstreet Boys cd. It’s been that way since the very first one came out. I could never choose between NSync and the Backstreet Boys, I loved them both!

  • Sarah

    Oh, and Nick was by far the cutest Backstreet Boy back in the day, but he didn’t age too well, not like Justin anyways. Wow, I’m 26 and I still talk about them like I’m 16 again!

  • Jen

    I am uberly excited about this album! I mean these guys were the originals of 90s boy bands and they’re the last ones left. You got to give them credit for that. I chose to care about the new BSB album. And by the way, you need to update your pic of them, they are way hotter now than they were back then!

  • JK

    I personally can’t wait to hear it! If it weren’t for them I never would have gotten into my now lifelong interest in all different types of music. I’m glad to finally see an article mentioning them without making fun of them or their style of music.

  • sarah

    They should have bowed out with dignity like N Sync. OR at least changed their name. I mean, Backstreet BOYS? Shoot Kevin probably HAD to leave because he’s almost 40 and didn’t want to participate in false advertising.

  • JuJuBee

    Backstreet’s BACK- ALright! LOL.
    I am sad to say I am not a loyal BSB fan.. I jumped ship to NSYNC a long time ago. But I have to say this new single deserves a chance.. If Hey Baby and all the other crap can make it into daily rotation so can another BSB song. AND Vh-1 is my favorite… I can’t wait to see Man band..

  • hugmonster

    Hey, I care. I love BSB because even though their music wasn’t deep, it was really enjoyable pop music. There are few groups out there who consistently put out music that makes me smile and sing along like BSB. I remember my friends making fun of BSB and “Incomplete”, but after a few weeks, they always sang along to it in the car. I can’t wait to hear the CD even though it will be different without Kevin. Is it August 27th (so I can hear “Inconsolable”) or October 30th yet?

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