Black & Blue [Japan 2000 Bonus Tracks]

Black & Blue [Japan 2000 Bonus Tracks]

by Backstreet Boys


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When 'N Sync usurped the Backstreet Boys' record of number of albums sold in a single week early in 2000, it had to hurt the Backstreets, since it was played in the press as if they had lost the teen pop throne. By the time the group released their third album, Black & Blue, Thanksgiving week 2000, 'N Sync was still popular, but the arc of No Strings Attached illustrated that they were weak where the Backstreets were strong -- namely, they couldn't really deliver the seductive mid-tempo pop tunes and ballads that were the backbone of the Boys' crossover success. Songs like "Shape of My Heart," which flows as gracefully as "I Want It That Way," prove that the Backstreet Boys do teen pop ballads better than anyone, but what's interesting about Black & Blue is how aggressively they protect their territory. Of course, it's relative protection, since they, like 'N Sync and Britney Spears, work with Max Martin, the man behind the biggest hits by all three artists. Consequently, it's not a coincidence that "Get Another Boyfriend" is a dead ringer for "It's Gonna Be Me" crossed with "Baby One More Time," but what gives Black & Blue character is that it's clear that the Backstreets want to remain kings of their world. So, the ballads are smoother than ever, and their dance numbers hit harder, all in an attempt to keep their throne. It works, even if it takes a couple spins before the singles stand out, since the Backstreets' material and voices are stronger than that of their peers, adding up to state of the art teen-pop. [The Japanese release includes two bonus tracks: "What Makes You Different" and "All I Have to Give."]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/19/2000
Label: Bmg Int'l
UPC: 0638592211728
catalogNumber: 922117

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Backstreet Boys   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Babyface   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tony Battaglia   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Nathan East   Bass
Henrik Janson   Guitar
Randy Thornton   Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
David Krueger   Keyboards
Max Martin   Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nick Carter   Vocals
Kevin Richardson   Vocals
Howie Dorough   Band
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Per Magnusson   Keyboards
Peter Svensson   Guitar
Stockholm Session Orchestra   Strings
Gustave Lund   Percussion
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Bob Brown   Engineer
Timmy Allen   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Larry Campbell   Producer,Contributor,Instrumentation
Henrik Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mark Kibble   Arranger,Producer
John Lawry   Engineer
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Pierce   Engineer
Randy Poole   Engineer
Chris Trevett   Engineer
Michael Tucker   Vocal Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer,Contributor,Instrumentation
John A. Katalenic   Orchestration,String Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
David Krueger   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Marcelo Pennell   Engineer
George Spatta   Engineer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Max Martin   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Instrumentation
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Flip Osman   Pro-Tools
Veit Renn   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Paul Foley   Engineer
Howie Dorough   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Adam Barber   Engineer
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
John Amatiello   Engineer
Alan Armitage   Engineer
Kristian Lundin   Producer,Engineer
Rami   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Stefan Boman   Vocal Engineer
Dona Kay Flint   String Contractor
Dirk Woodruff   Engineer
David Thomas   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Uli Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor

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