BACKSTREET BOYS — DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART

Rating: 4.1/5

Let’s put aside the fact that this isn’t an Elton John cover so we can discuss the fact that this is a BANGER.

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” starts off slow, with the slightly nasally typical 90s sound and then dives headfirst into an obviously-computer-generated synth-xylophone beat, so it’s intriguing to say the least. The lyrics are fast, staccato, and syncopated, so at the get-go, I was worried that BSB was trying too hard to be “cool” and “relevant” and “modern,” but by the end of the track, I was feeling that groove.

The EDM elements of this track are 80s-esque, and that really jives with their 90s heritage. The problem with a lot of modern tracks is that they’re trying to make computer generated instruments sound like live musicians, and it’s just painful to listen to. BSB owns that they’re moving into electronic territory, and it’s the perfect way to combine the 90s and early 2000s with the modern era.

Bands often have trouble shifting and combining genres to stay relevant — see Maroon 5, who basically abandoned their jazz roots and turned into the Adam Levine project —and, as a 90s baby, I’m really, really excited to have BSB kill this track so hard.

What it comes down to is that BSB knows exactly who they are: they’re a boy band. They write simple, catchy songs and do synchronized choreography. “Everybody” goes wild. They’re “Larger Than Life.” When you’re sad, they give you the strength to “Get Another Boyfriend.” Okay, I’m done.

It’s probably unlikely that “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” will get the radio play it deserves with all the other trash that came out this week that people will undoubtedly love — see “Sangria Wine” by Pharrell and Camila Cabello — but, this week, I’m joining all the 40-year-old moms in my love for BSB.

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