Reviews of the latest releases from Bruno Mars, the Backstreet Boys, and more

By EW Staff
Updated November 16, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Bruno Mars, ”Young Girls”
Still trying to nail down a winter boyfriend? If this sumptuous, sensitive ballad from the upcoming Unorthodox Jukebox is any indication, we might’ve found the right guy for the job —as long as you don’t mind sharing him with the road. (Hint: His name rhymes with Shruno Shmars.) A-Ray Rahman

Backstreet Boys, ”It’s Christmas Time Again”
As a rule, Christmas-themed pop songs are throwaways — and this one’s no exception. The bell-ringer penned by Nick Carter and Howie D is as light as a December flurry, but it’s more than perfect for the final six weeks of 2012 — after which it will probably never be played again. BTanner Stransky

Maroon 5, ”Daylight”
Adam Levine does what Adam Levine wants, and in this swelling kiss-off, that means abandoning you before you wake up. But he sounds like he’s swiveled his big red Voice chair away already; the track is overproduced to the point of sterility. The girl he dumped in ”Payphone” at least got a phone call! C+Ray Rahman