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In a World Like This (Deluxe World Tour Edition)

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Usually, teen idols sprint away from the notion they're racking up the years, but the Backstreet Boys cannily decided to treat their 20th Anniversary as a very big deal, bringing Kevin Richardson back into the fold -- he left after 2005's Never -- for a tour, a documentary, and In a World Like This, the band's seventh album. Over the course of the back half of the 2000s, Backstreet Boys slowly accepted their advancing age, making a slow shift from dance-pop toward adult contemporary, and although it has a sharper gleam in its sheen, In a World Like This doesn't find BSB reversing this trend. Working primarily with longtime colleague Max Martin, Morgan Taylor Reid, and Martin Terefe, who has produced Jason Mraz, Ron Sexsmith, James Morrison, and KT Tunstall among other singer/songwriters, Backstreet Boys take sideways glances toward their past but focus on the present, happy to keep things smooth even when the rhythms get a little heated. Most of the heavier dance beats come courtesy of Reid -- the single "Permanent Stain," "One Phone Call," the shoutalong closer "Soldier" -- but even then it rarely feels as if the Backstreet Boys are desperate for a club hit; as much as anything, these harder beats are there for some variety in texture. Max Martin does an admirable job in deglossing his hooks on the title track, but where BSB really shine are on the Terefe tracks, which sometimes hint at the breezy acoustic melodicism of Mraz, but better still evoke the classic stripped-down soul of prime Babyface, especially on "Try" and "Trust Me." Perhaps there are moments where texture trumps composition, but overall In a World Like This is a surprisingly mature and fine record from a former boy band that seems unafraid to act its age.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
In a World Like This
00:03:40

Max Martin, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Background Vocals, Bass - Kristian Lundin, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Savan Kotecha, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Sam Holland, Engineer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Cory Bice, AssistantEngineer - Thomas Ljung, Claps

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2
Permanent Stain
00:03:55

Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Mika Guillory, Composer - Morgan Taylor Reid, Composer, Producer, Programmer, All Instruments, RecordingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

3
Breathe
00:03:50

Brian Littrell, Composer, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Nick Whitecross, Composer - Martin Terefe, Composer, Producer - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - Magne Furuholmen, Composer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Andreas Olsson, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Adam Cole, RecordingEngineer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - Sam Keyte, RecordingEngineer - AJ Mc Lean, Composer, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

4
Madeleine
00:04:05

Glen Scott, RecordingEngineer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Martin Terefe, Composer, Producer - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - SACHA SKARBEK, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - Sam Keyte, RecordingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

5
Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)
00:03:44

Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Composer, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Mika Guillory, Composer - Morgan Taylor Reid, Composer, Producer, Programmer, All Instruments, RecordingEngineer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - AJ Mc Lean, Composer, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

6
Make Believe
00:04:46

Dan Muckala, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Composer, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Adam Lester, Keyboards - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Nathaniel Alford, Engineer, Production - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Brian Frederick, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Production - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - bryan Shackle, Composer, Background Vocals - Dan Mackala, Producer, Background Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Jordan Keller, Background Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

7
Try
00:03:21

Kyle Riabko, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Martin Terefe, Composer, Producer, Bass - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - James Morrison, Composer - James Bryan, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Additional Production, Programmer, RecordingEngineer - Nikolaj Torp, Organ - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - Sam Keyte, RecordingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

8
Trust Me
00:03:47

Justin Trugman, Producer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Martin Terefe, Composer - Justin Nozuka, Composer - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - James Bryan, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Jaakko Manninen, Producer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Franny Graham, RecordingEngineer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

9
Love Somebody
00:03:25

Justin Trugman, Composer, Producer, Programmer, All Instruments - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Jordan Omley, Composer - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Jaakko Manninen, Composer, Producer, Programmer, All Instruments - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Franny Graham, RecordingEngineer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

10
One Phone Call
00:03:51

Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Morgan Taylor Reid, Composer, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Sean Douglas, Composer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

11
Feels Like Home
00:03:26

Dan Muckala, Composer, Background Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Composer, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Adam Lester, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Nathaniel Alford, Engineer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Brian Frederick, Engineer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer - bryan Shackle, Composer - Dan Mackala, Producer, Keyboards - Jordan Keller, Background Vocals - Brian Shackle, Background Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

12
Soldier
00:03:53

Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - TONY MASERATI, MixingEngineer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Mika Guillory, Composer - Morgan Taylor Reid, Composer, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Aya Merrill, MasteringEngineer - Ryan Nasci, Mixer - Jon Castelli, MixingEngineer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2013 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

13
In a World Like This (Live in Japan)
00:03:52

Max Martin, Composer - Kristian Lundin, Composer - Savan Kotecha, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - AJ Mc Lean, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

14
Show 'Em (What You're Made Of) (Live in Japan)
00:04:12

Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Composer, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Mika Guillory, Composer - Morgan Taylor Reid, Composer - AJ Mc Lean, Composer, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

15
Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely (Live in Japan)
00:03:59

Max Martin, Composer, Writer - M. Martin, Writer - Herbert Crichlow, Composer, Writer - H. Crichlow, Writer - Martin Sandberg, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Martin, Writer - Sandberg, Composer - Chrichlow, Composer, Writer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - AJ Mc Lean, Vocals - Herbie Crinchlow, Composer

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

16
Love Somebody (Live in Japan)
00:03:55

Justin Trugman, Composer - Brian Littrell, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Composer, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Jordan Omley, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Jaakko Manninen, Composer - AJ Mc Lean, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

17
The One (Live in Japan)
00:03:43

Max Martin, Composer, Writer - Brian T. Littrell, Writer - Brian Littrell, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Vocals - Martin, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - Littrell, Composer - AJ Mc Lean, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

18
Breathe (Live in Japan)
00:03:54

Brian Littrell, Composer, Vocals - Kevin Richardson, Vocals - Nick Carter, Vocals - Howie Dorough, Composer, Vocals - Nick Whitecross, Composer - Martin Terefe, Composer - Magne Furuholmen, Composer - Andreas Olsson, Composer - Backstreet Boys, MainArtist - AJ Mc Lean, Composer, Vocals

© 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. ℗ 2014 K-BAHN, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Album Description

Usually, teen idols sprint away from the notion they're racking up the years, but the Backstreet Boys cannily decided to treat their 20th Anniversary as a very big deal, bringing Kevin Richardson back into the fold -- he left after 2005's Never -- for a tour, a documentary, and In a World Like This, the band's seventh album. Over the course of the back half of the 2000s, Backstreet Boys slowly accepted their advancing age, making a slow shift from dance-pop toward adult contemporary, and although it has a sharper gleam in its sheen, In a World Like This doesn't find BSB reversing this trend. Working primarily with longtime colleague Max Martin, Morgan Taylor Reid, and Martin Terefe, who has produced Jason Mraz, Ron Sexsmith, James Morrison, and KT Tunstall among other singer/songwriters, Backstreet Boys take sideways glances toward their past but focus on the present, happy to keep things smooth even when the rhythms get a little heated. Most of the heavier dance beats come courtesy of Reid -- the single "Permanent Stain," "One Phone Call," the shoutalong closer "Soldier" -- but even then it rarely feels as if the Backstreet Boys are desperate for a club hit; as much as anything, these harder beats are there for some variety in texture. Max Martin does an admirable job in deglossing his hooks on the title track, but where BSB really shine are on the Terefe tracks, which sometimes hint at the breezy acoustic melodicism of Mraz, but better still evoke the classic stripped-down soul of prime Babyface, especially on "Try" and "Trust Me." Perhaps there are moments where texture trumps composition, but overall In a World Like This is a surprisingly mature and fine record from a former boy band that seems unafraid to act its age.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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