The Backstreet Boys Are Proof That 1999 is Back, Alright!
All these reboots and reunions and revamps—it's a parade of nostalgia, and just as I don't think I can handle anymore, the news drops: The Boys are back in town. And by The Boys, I mean the Backstreet ones. And by town, I mean in your compact disc player. For those unsure what that means, imagine a machine that holds a small vinyl record, only shiny and unironic.
The Backstreet Boys have returned with new music, which will serve as the lead single off a new unnamed album. The single, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," is a real journey. The gang is still together, working on light dance moves, advanced layering, and some very particular hand choreography. The whole thing feels anachronistic, kind of like when you order a chicken nugget Happy Meal as an adult. Want to feel nostalgic? Of course you do.
It's a weird video, right? But the song is a bop. I didn't want to dance, but when the beat drops (I'm using this term very loosely) at the minute mark, you'd a sociopath if you didn't work those shoulders a little bit. Yes, they've had a Vegas residency. Yes, their mean age is 42.2 years old. Yes, A.J. McLean is still wearing some god-awful hats. But in these trying times riddled with yelling and divisive discourse, when was the last time you heard lyrics as self-aware as these?
I've got mixed emotions
Did I finally find me a river that could lead me out to the ocean?
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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