- Released: August 12, 1997
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
BACKSTREET BOYS is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files and free access to the Internet.
Backstreet Boys: Nick Carter, Brian "B-Rok" Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howard "Howie D." Dorough, Alexander James McLean (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Smooth T. (rap vocals); Mookie, Larry "Rock" Campbell, Timmy Allen, Veit Renn (various instruments); Chuck Anthony, Esbjorn Ohrwall (guitar); Rodney Jerkins (bass, drums); Bulent Aris, Toni Cottura (programming); Full Force.
Producers include: Denniz PoP, Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Veit Renn, Bulent Aris.
Engineers include: Joe Smith, Chris Trevett, Tom Donovan.
Recorded at Cheiron Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Parc Studios and Platinum Post Studios, Orlando, Florida; Battery Studio and The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
Backstreet Boys were nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Don't be scared, mom and dad; though the Backstreet Boys employ a little rapping and hip-hop beat wizardy in their dance-pop amalgam, there's no R-rated gangsta mythology at work on their self-titled debut smash. And though this quartet of video-friendly fresh-faced boys has garnered many superficial comparisons to former teen idols New Kids On The Block, the Backstreet Boys sound has a bit more going for it. A more streetwise approach, hook-filled arrangements, a distinctive mixture of rapping and vocal harmonies and an endless supply of floor-shaking dance beats are the distinguishing marks of these platinum-plus pop poster boys.