Review of the new Backstreet Boys record

By Nick Catucci
July 26, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Backstreet Boys, In a World Like This
Like a mellowing dude who finally trims off his frosted tips, the Backstreet Boys adopt a streamlined — dare we say mature — sound on their eighth album: Heartbreak is carried off by a galloping beat on ”Permanent Stain” (which Nick Carter helped write), and ”In a World Like This” finds producer Max Martin (him again!), who helmed many of the Boys’ early hits, in bittersweet mode. But it’s Martin Terefe, a producer for Jason Mraz, who sets the breezy mood on tracks like ”Trust Me” (which is Mraz with better harmonies, essentially). And they still bring some of that old campy sparkle; go ahead, cue up ”Feels Like Home” and ”rock out in Bangkok/where the party don’t stop.” B+