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Millennium [International Edition]

Backstreet Boys 7/31/2001


The Backstreet Boys finally broke (and broke big) in America during 1998, as if by design. They had been Euro sensations for a couple of years, but it wasn't until Backstreet's Back was unleashed in the U.S. in 1997 that they had a presence in the States, and it was no small presence, either -- after selling over ten million copies, the album remained in the Top 40 on the eve of the release of its sequel, Millennium. And sequel is the appropriate word -- Millennium has no pretense of being anything other than an album for the moment, delivering more of everything that made Backstreet's Back a blockbuster. There's a familiar blend of ballads and dance-pop, a similar shiny production, a reliance on the Boys' charisma that brings to mind their debut. If Millennium were anything other than big, glossy mainstream pop, such calculation may be a little unseemly, but in this context, it can be rather fun. True, the album doesn't pack as much punch as its predecessor -- there are a number of good songs, but more filler than before, and the Backstreet sound isn't as fresh as it was the first time around -- but it does deliver what fans want: more of the same. And since there are singles as infectious as "I Want It That Way" and a handful of good ballads, that will be enough to satisfy anyone craving more, more, more. [There is also an international version that includes the single "I'll Be There for You" and a Japanese version that includes numerous other bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Larger Than Life Backstreet Boys 3:53
  3. 2 I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys 3:34
  4. 3 Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely Backstreet Boys 3:55
  5. 4 It's Gotta Be You Backstreet Boys 2:58
  6. 5 I Need You Tongiht Backstreet Boys 4:23
  7. 6 Don't Want You Back Backstreet Boys 3:27
  8. 7 Don't Wanna Lose You Now Backstreet Boys 3:55
  9. 8 The One Backstreet Boys 3:47
  10. 9 Back to Your Heart Backstreet Boys 4:21
  11. 10 Spanish Eyes Backstreet Boys 3:55
  12. 11 No One Else Comes Close Backstreet Boys 3:44
  13. 12 The Perfect Fan Backstreet Boys 4:14
  14. 13 I'll Be There for You Backstreet Boys 4:33

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