This album is dedicated to their fans, with pictures of some of their fans (all girls apparently!) in a circular collage. Then the album sleeve folds out to show another picture of them taken underwater wearing their dress suits (wet), and then all five of them get to write a garbled paragraph about how excited they are about finishing the album (Kevin, who even says "sh*t" with a star - Gasp!) And about God's involvement in their profitable pop music careers (the other four).
It's sweet, like saccharine.
Sweetness is all very well. But looking at the thoughtful autumn colours of the cover, you get the feeling they're trying to be - wait for it - taken seriously! Which at first isn't too horrifying at all. Please note the emphasis on the words "at first".
The mournful "Incomplete," is a strong opening song. Sure, it sounds like they're copying Coldplay, but Coldplay copied other people too, so Coldplay are fair game.
For the rest? Never Gone is bland. It's louder and rockier than before, but dull nevertheless. The songs are fairly well structured and very well produced, and they all sing well and in tune. But it's unlikely one song stands out enough, or one cliched lyric moves you enough, that real rock fans will want to hear it again after two listens.
In their attempt not to be a silly boy band and instead sound like a real grown up rock band, Backstreet Boys come across like they're trying to grow up, and failing to do it in an interesting way, which is what normal, ordinary boys do. So it's likely their fans, who can't all be all that young or interesting anymore either, will love Never Gone for old time's sake. Anyone else will merely flinch as they pass the Top 40 rack at their local music store.
- Jean Barker WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAIDNever Gone has not offered anyone a reason to like boy bands, and the Backstreet Boys seem content to fade into top forty hell with so many others.- Maura McAndrew for Pop Matters
The album is filled with feel good tunes and although the boys are still touching on topics of break up, love and disappointments, they have vocally grown. And there is no trace of the teenybopper sounding tunes they featured before. - iAfrica.com
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