After an extended break and the loss of original member Kevin Richardson, the Backstreet Boys return this week “Unbreakable,” their latest studio album for Jive Records. The first single, the piano-heavy rock ballad “Inconsolable,” topped out at No. 21 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Richardson, who exited in June 2006, was not replaced in Backstreet Boys, which also features Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean. The group is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Jive this year.
“The one thing about being in a five-part vocal harmony group is that it makes it a lot easier,” Carter says. “I’m not saying we couldn’t sing a cappella better or just as well [with Kevin], but people who know the Backstreet Boys know what we can do and it wasn’t too hard. We’re all great singers so we can all cover different ranges. AJ sings bass too. I can sing bass. So, we just cover the parts.”
Carter also feels the pressure to return to multi-platinum heights has been lifted, allowing the group to enjoy doing what it does best. “We know that we’re an entertainment group. We like to dance and sing, and the stage show is one of the biggest assets that we bring,” says Carter. “When we were in the studio, we just wanted to create something that was true to us, but at the same time an evolution of some sort.”