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Soundbite: Backstreet Boys – DNA



I’m not going to say I was crazy into boy bands when I was a kid — I was more a Britney Spears / Spice Girls kind of gal — but I did bop along to Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” and “Get Down” when I was a youngin’ (and gladly still will). And, at the ripe old age of 26, I do enjoy giving in to nostalgia once in a while.

I got 20 seconds into “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and realized, it sounds the exact same as every other boy band currently on the Top 40 charts, and a quick flip through the rest of the album reveals the same. Am I listening to One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, or Why Don’t We? (Not going to lie, I had to Google “boy bands 2018” to get this list.) However, I can’t say I didn’t jive with “New Love” when it came on — that’s something I can get down to.

Unfortunately, Backstreet Boys are back, alright, but aside from one or two groovy tracks, you’re better off listening to their late ‘90s bops than DNA.

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