December 1, 2022

Backstreet Boys – A Very Backstreet Christmas – Retro Pop

Released: October 14

Christmas comes early as the Backstreet Boys celebrate the holidays as only they know how.

Boasting a mix of classics and originals, “A Very Backstreet Christmas” is the first-ever festive release from the top-selling band and celebrates their love of the season.

“We’ve wanted to do a Christmas album for almost 30 years now and we’re beyond thrilled that it’s finally happening,” said Howie Dorough of the boys’ new LP.

“We had such a fun experience putting our BSB twist on some of our favorite Christmas classics and can’t wait to be a part of our fans’ holiday season.”

With traditional cuts like white christmas, silent nightand Have a Merry Christmas sitting alongside three new original songs – Christmas in New York, Togetherand Happy Days – the album channels the season through the eyes of one of the most successful bands of the 1990s.

Their sweet R&B take The Christmas song perfectly showcases the vocal mix of Howie, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter and Brian Littrell, while a sleek, contemporary take on last christmas immediately earns its place on our holiday reading list.

Largely a mid-tempo affair, cuts like Same old Lang Syne and I will be home for Christmas are steeped in nostalgia, evoking the spirit of the season, while their interpretation This Christmas packs a punch halfway through the set.

A first highlight of the covers, an a cappella take on winter wonderlandproves more than just the boys’ vocal chops, but it’s the originals that really shine here and, in a rare case, have us dreaming of a holiday album of new material.

Christmas in New York conjures up images of the season in the Big Apple and resists every track on the disc, while Together celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in style.

Closer Happy Days steps away from the strictly Christmas formula for a perfect party jam for the holiday festivities, with a beat that challenges you to dance your cares away – a tonic we could all use a sip of right now.

On paper, a Backstreet Boys Christmas album could go either way, so that’s the more pleasant surprise that “A Very Backstreet Christmas” is. then good and a reminder that ahead of the band’s 30th anniversary next year, they remain as strong as ever.

“A Very Clandestine Christmas” is available now.