This is a post I’ve wanted to do for awhile. But I kept pushing off cause a lot of things happened. So I’m sorry about the delay. Though in my googling for photos, I realized this album turns SEVEN in November. SEVEN. It’s madness! I really loved the photo I picked. It’s Howie D in a nutshell. This is a person who likes to sing This Is How We Do It.
Okay. Refocusing! The album doesn’t feel like it’s that old, not to me.
I’m not going to lie, growing up I didn’t pay as much attention to poor Howie. I basically took advantage of the idea he’d always be there. Sorry Howie! I wish I had because honestly as I’ve learned over the last say…ten years? He’s pretty damn cool. Late bloomer on the Howie love. Anywho, this album I was excited for because I’m excited for new music from ANY Backstreet Boy. But you know, not on the same level as I had been for Nick or even AJ. But you know even now I play his album pretty often. It’s nothing like I expected. It’s solid.
First off – this is one of the better videos. Sure it’s cheesy but cheesy is WAY better than standing around in a field. (You hear that BSB?)
100 – I mean come on. DANCE BATTLE. IN A LAUNDROMAT. That just wins at life. The only thing that’ll ever beat is if MAYBE Nick one day does a music video involving aliens. Which, I’m sure he hasn’t ruled out. But this is right up there with AJ’s furry video. (I’ll revisit that when I do an album on AJ’s solo album). It’s not my favorite video on the album but it totally sticks in your head after you listen. I’m singing it right now even though it’s three songs later on his album. It’s an earworm.
Lie To Me – This I felt didn’t get enough buzz. I don’t know what happened but, it didn’t and it hurts. Because this is SUCH A GOOD SONG. Like it’s just a sad but gorgeous ballad. Like it’s just so freaking smooth. This should have been the first single I think. Mainly because even today I think it’d fit in well with radio. It’s got that sort of no set trend quality to it. It’s a missed opportunity really. I always felt his songwriting skills really show on this song.
Back To Me – This wasn’t a single. Going Going Gone sort of was? It used footage from his short solo run in South America from when he opened up for Britney Spears. I’m wrecked that he didn’t solo tour. I totally would’ve gone. Anywho, This is actually one of my favorite songs. It just seems like the opposite of what the Album Title was getting at, but the song is a solid bop. It’s like “dark pop” so to speak. Did I invent a term? Oh well. There’s no TV performance of this, obviously, which really sucks. So instead I’ll use a video from the 2013 where Howie sings between drinking shots. Because…that’s how Howie rolls!
Here’s the thing about Howie. He does what he wants. He embraces everything. I really wish we could’ve seen a solo tour cause I think that’s the most telling thing about the Boys when they decide to go solo. At least it was for Nick. (Sort of with Brian, his was a special case.) But this album is so underrated. If you’re a BSB fan who’s never given it a shot, I HIGHLY recommend that you do.
I included this last video for selfish reasons. I was there at this after party and this was just fun in an amazing way to watch in person. Howie and Nick together are awesome!