Rolling Stone - 6/10/99, pp.120-1223 out of 5
- Good - "...an album filled with examples of their forte: New Jack doo-wop and lyrically trivial, rhythmically insistent funk lite..."
Spin - 7/99, p.1287 (out of 10)
- "...boogies deftly and punks daftly..."
Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson, Howard "Howie D." Dorough, Alexander James "A.J." Mclean, Brian "B-Rok" Littrel, Nick Carter (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Chieli Minucci (acoustic & electric guitars); Dennis Gallo (acoustic guitar, keyboards); Dominic Miller, Esbjorn Ohrwall, Jojje Wadenius, Billy Chapin (guitar); Paul Howards (saxophone, keyboards, percussion); Andrew Fromm (piano); Edwin "Tony" Nicholas (keyboards, bass, drum programming); Kevin Richardson (keyboards, bass); Peter-John Vettesse, Olle Romo (keyboards, programming); Tom Smith (keyboards); Tomas Lindberg, Loie Vigilante (bass); Tim Berkebile (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Stephen Lipson, Ben Glynne (programming).
Producers include: Kristian Lundin, Max Martin, Rami, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Stephen Lipson.
Engineers include: Kristian Lundin, Bo Reimer, George Spatta.
MILLENNIUM was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and for Best Pop Vocal Album. "I Want It That Way" was nominated for Record Of The Year and for Song Of The Year.
"Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Personnel: Billy Chapin (guitar); Dennis Gallo (classical guitar, keyboards); Paul Howards (saxophone, keyboards, percussion); Tom Smith (keyboards); Tim Berkebile (drums).
The Backstreet Boys self-titled 1997 debut album endeared the group to millions of teens and pre-teens with its radio-friendly blend of pop harmonies and danceable beats. MILLENNIUM finds the Boys in the unenviable position of following up the mind-blowing success of the first album. Less ambitious artists might wither under such pressure, but the Backstreet Boys beat the dreaded sophomore slump in style. In the tradition of the debut, the album is a combination of romantic ballads guaranteed to make your little sister sob, and syncopated, eminently danceable, upbeat tunes. Throughout, it's the rich combination of the members' voices that creates the distinctive sound the group's legion of fans has grown to love. Most notably though, there is an added maturity in both the songs and the performances. It seems, regardless of their fans' fervent wishes, that even Backstreet Boys can't help but grow up.