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Backstreet Boys, ‘Lost in Space’ – Song Review

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Perhaps rejuvenated after their NKOTBSB team-up with New Kids on the Block this summer, the Backstreet Boys are going back to the club with their new single, ‘Lost in Space.’

The song features a current, even futuristic, synth-pop dance sound that stands in contrast to the more adult contemporary leanings of much of their work over the past 10 years. The track kicks off with a few intergalactic bleeps as the vocals slowly fade in, with the Boys singing, “As the world goes round, round, round, round / Let the beat go down, down, down, down / Can we stay up all night / Cause we can sleep all day / Everybody go out to play / Let me hear you say yeah, yeah, yeah.”

It’s clear from that intro that the lyrics are not the focus of the song, and that becomes even more apparent with the hook, “We don’t need no rocket to get lost in space.” Howie sings the verses in falsetto, which is a nice change of pace. But as much as we want to like the song, it doesn’t sound like a comfortable fit for the Boys.

‘Lost in Space’ was produced by Jim Jonsin, who has delivered urban-influenced pop hits for the likes of T.I., Lil Wayne and Beyonce. We give him credit for trying to return BSB to their former place at the epicenter of pop music, but that’s not going to happen without stronger material.

Listen to Backstreet Boys, ‘Lost in Space’

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