In a World Like This
Label: K-BAHN / BMG Rights Mgmt (US)
Backstreet's ... well, you know. But really, they are -- not only with an album, but a sound that finally finds grownup balance without going too grandma-friendly adult-contemporary. Oh, In a World is cheesy to be sure, gobbed up with lyrics like "Your words are a symphony" and a kitten poster's worth of inspirational balladry. But the best tracks settle into an easy, breezy, romance-drenched acoustic pop that runs the gamut from John Denver ("Madeleine") to sandy, jazzy beach pop ("Trust Me") and will make your heart beat at a faster (but age-appropriate) pace.