Never Gone

Never Gone is the fifth studio album (fourth in the US) released by American vocal group Backstreet Boys as the follow up to their fourth (third in the U.S.) studio album Black & Blue after a short hiatus. Never Gone was originally due for release in 2004, but the release date for the album was pushed to June 14, 2005 for unknown reasons.

Never Gone
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2005
RecordedJanuary 26, 2004–March 2005
StudioWestlake Audio, Henson Recording Studios, Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA)
Dr. Luke's New York (New York City)
Woodland Ranch (Woodland Hills, CA)
Maratone Studio (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Village Recorder, The Underlab (Los Angeles, CA)
Turtle Sound Studios (New York City)
GenrePop rock, pop
Length47:41
LabelJive
ProducerJohan Brorson, Dr. Luke, John Fields, Billy Mann, Max Martin, Dan Muckala, Christian Nilsson, John Shanks, Supa'Flyas, Mark Taylor, Gregg Wattenberg, Paul Wiltshire, Victoria Wu, Rami
Backstreet Boys chronology
The Hits – Chapter One
(2001)
Never Gone
(2005)
Unbreakable
(2007)
Singles from Never Gone
  1. "Incomplete"
    Released: April 1, 2005
  2. "Just Want You to Know"
    Released: October 4, 2005
  3. "Crawling Back to You"
    Released: October 11, 2005
  4. "I Still..."
    Released: January 31, 2006

The album varies musically from their previous albums, moving away from teen pop into pop for adults. Unlike previous albums, the album featured only live instruments. The album is named after a song on it which mourns the loss of Kevin Richardson's father, who is also Brian Littrell's uncle. It sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

BackgroundEdit

 
Backstreet Boys at Never Gone Tour.

Never Gone was the last album to feature their full original lineup with Kevin Richardson, who departed from the group in 2006 to pursue other interests, until his return in April 2012 (with the release of their 2013 album In a World Like This).

The Never Gone Tour commenced soon after the album's release. On December 20, 2005, the group released the DVD Never Gone: The Videos, which included behind the scenes footage and the music videos for "Incomplete", "Just Want You to Know", and "I Still...". The DVD also includes a slideshow with the instrumental audio of "Just Want You to Know", and an interview in Germany regarding their upcoming tour.

SinglesEdit

The singles released in Never Gone included "Incomplete", "Just Want You to Know", "Crawling Back to You" and "I Still...". Following the success of the first single "Incomplete", which peaked at No. 13 and spend 20 weeks on U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the second single "Just Want You to Know" performed moderately well hitting the top ten in the UK and Spain, and reaching the top twenty in Italy, Germany and Ireland, and charting inside the top 40 in most other charts.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(40/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Blender     [1]
E! OnlineC[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
People    [5]
PopMatters          [6]
Robert ChristgauC[7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
USA Today    [9]

Initial critical response to Never Gone were surprisingly generally negative due to the change from the band's traditional pop style to a more mature adult contemporary sound. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 40, based on 7 reviews,[1] becoming the seventeenth worst reviewed album on the site.

Commercial performanceEdit

Never Gone debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 293,000 copies in its first week of release. This is the band's fifth consecutive top ten album on the chart, following The Hits – Chapter One in 2001. On July 14, 2005, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the United States. Making this their second platinum-selling album in the country.[10]

In Japan, it was the second biggest Western album in 2005 and had sold more than 750,000 copies by January 2006.[11][12] And certificated Gold and Platinum record at 11 different countries.

The album sold over 3 million copies worldwide.[13][14]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Incomplete"Muckala3:59
2."Just Want You to Know"
3:53
3."Crawling Back to You"
John Fields3:44
4."Weird World"John OndrasikGregg Wattenberg4:12
5."I Still..."
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:49
6."Poster Girl"
  • Mann
  • Supa'Flyas[a]
3:56
7."Lose It All"Fields4:04
8."Climbing the Walls"
  • Martin
  • Gottwald
  • Martin
  • Dr. Luke
3:43
9."My Beautiful Woman"
3:38
10."Safest Place to Hide"
  • Tom Leonard
  • Robin Lerner
John Shanks4:40
11."Siberia"
  • Christian Nilsson
  • Johan Brorson
4:17
12."Never Gone"Mark Taylor3:45
Tour edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Song for the Unloved"Mann3:40
14."Rush Over Me"The Underdogs3:27
15."Movin' On"
  • David Thomas
  • Mark Kibble
3:29
Tour edition bonus DVD
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Incomplete" (music video)   
2."Incomplete" (behind the scenes)   
3."Just Want You to Know" (music video)   
4."Just Want You to Know" (music video; alternate version)   
5."Just Want You to Know" (behind the scenes)   
6."I Still..." (music video)   
7."I Still..." (behind the scenes)   
8."Photo Gallery"   
9."Last Night You Saved My Life"Billy Mann, Jesse HarrisMann3:26
DualDisc DVD side
No.TitleLength
1."Entire album in PCM Stereo and 5.1 Digital Surround Sound" 
2."Incomplete" (music video) 
3."Incomplete" (making of) 
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from album’s liner notes.[15]

Backstreet Boys

Additional personnel

  • Alex Acuña – additional percussion (track 9)
  • Keith Armstrong – mixing assistant (track 4)
  • Backstreet Boys – vocal arrangements (tracks 6, 13)
  • Rasmus Bahncke – co-producer, keyboards, programming, and arrangements (track 6)
  • Tommy Barbarella – keyboards and string arrangements (tracks 3, 7)
  • Jerry Barnes – bass (track 4)
  • Matt Beckley – assistant engineer (track 3), mixing assistant (track 7)
  • Michael Bland – drums (tracks 3, 7)
  • Paul Boutin – engineer and editing (track 14)
  • Lee Bridges – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • Johan Brorson – producer, engineer, guitar, and bass (track 11)
  • Adam Brown – string engineer (track 8)
  • Paul Buckmaster – string arrangements (track 4)
  • Grecco Buratto – guitar (track 9)
  • Paul Bushnell – bass (tracks 9, 10)
  • Teddy Campbell – drums (track 14)
  • Dan Chase – Pro Tools technician (track 2)
  • Ken Chastain – percussion and effects (tracks 3, 7)
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (tracks 9, 10)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • John Silas Cranfield – engineer (track 6)
  • Dave Dilbeck – engineer (track 1)
  • Aaron Fessel – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • John Fields – producer, engineer, piano, bass, guitar, keyboards, and effects (tracks 3, 7); mixing (track 3)
  • Jon Gass – mixing (track 14)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (track 2)
  • Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald – producer and engineer (tracks 2, 8), instruments (track 2), guitar and bass (track 8)
  • Isobel Griffiths – string contractor (track 12)
  • Chris Haggerty – digital editing (tracks 1, 8, 9)
  • John Hanes – additional Pro Tools engineering (track 2)
  • Dabling "Hobby Boy" Harward – engineer and editing (track 14)
  • Brandon Heath – acoustic guitar (track 1)
  • Femio Hernandez – mixing assistant (track 7)
  • Michael Ilbert – guitar engineer, bass engineer, drum engineer, and Pro Tools editing (track 8); mixing (track 11)
  • Lana Israel – production coordinator (tracks 6, 13)
  • Corky James – guitar (track 14)
  • Mark Kiczula – assistant engineer (track 3), mixing assistant (track 7)
  • Mark Kibble – producer (track 15)
  • The London Session Orchestra – strings (track 8)
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing (tracks 1, 4, 5, 8, 9)
  • Tom Lord-Alge – mixing (track 7)
  • Wil Malone – string arrangement and conducting (track 8)
  • Billy Mann – producer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, arrangements, programming, and vocal arrangements (tracks 6, 13); engineer (track 13)
  • Max Martin – producer and engineering (tracks 2, 5, 8), instruments (tracks 2, 5), guitar (track 8)
  • Steve Lunt - A&R
  • Alan Mason – assistant engineer (track 2)
  • Skye McCaskey – additional engineering (track 1)
  • Chris McMurtry – electric guitar (track 1)
  • Steven Miller – engineer (tracks 3, 7), mixing (track 3)
  • Brent Milligan – bass (track 1)
  • Brian Montgomery – Pro Tools technician (track 4)
  • Dan Muckala – producer, engineer, acoustic piano, additional keyboards, and string arrangements (track 1)
  • Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards (track 10)
  • Pablo Munguia – engineer (track 4), vocal engineer (tracks 9, 12)
  • Alex Nifong – electric guitar (track 1)
  • Christian Nilsson – engineer (2, 11), Pro Tools technician (track 2), producer and percussion (track 11)
  • John Ondrasik – executive producer (track 4)
  • Shawn Pelton – drums (tracks 2, 4, 5), percussion (track 2)
  • Ross Petersen – assistant Pro Tools engineer (track 4)
  • Marc "Fafu" Pfafflin – programming (track 3)
  • Adam Phillips – guitar (track 12)
  • Randy Poole – mixing (track 15)
  • Joe Porter – drums (track 1)
  • Steve Price – strings engineer (track 12)
  • Brian Pugh – assistant engineer (track 8)
  • Ed Quesada – assistant engineer (track 14)
  • Rami – producer, engineer, and instruments (track 5)
  • Johan Reivén – drums (track 8)
  • Kevin Richardson – piano (track 12)
  • Tim Roberts – assistant Pro Tools engineer (track 2)
  • Chris Rojas – engineer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, arrangements, keyboard programming, and drum programming (track 13)
  • Jeff Rothschild – engineer and mixing (track 10)
  • Dave "Natural Love" Russell – engineer and editing (track 14)
  • Will Sandalls – engineer (track 13)
  • Brian Schueble – engineer (track 4)
  • John Shanks – producer, mixing, and guitar (track 10)
  • Tony Shepperd – engineer (track 15)
  • F. Reid Shippen – additional engineering (track 1)
  • Alex Smith – assistant engineer and mixing assistant (track 12)
  • Robin Smith – string arrangement and conducting (track 12)
  • James Stone – assistant strings engineer (track 12)
  • Greg Suran – guitar (tracks 3, 7)
  • Shari Sutcliffe – contractor and production coordinator (track 10)
  • Ren Swan – engineer and mixing (track 12)
  • Kennie Takahashi – mixing assistant (track 3)
  • Mark Taylor – producer, engineer, mixing, and string arrangement (track 12)
  • Chris Testa – engineer (tracks 3, 7)
  • David Thomas – producer (track 15)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (track 14)
  • René Tromborg – co-producer, keyboards, programming, arrangements, drums, and percussion (track 6)
  • The Underdogs – producers (track 14)
  • Mark Valentine – additional engineering (track 10)
  • Seth Waldmann – engineer (track 2), assistant Pro Tools engineer (track 4)
  • Greg Wattenberg – producer, engineer, guitar, programming, and string arrangements (track 4)
  • Paul Wiltshire – producer, engineer, and arranger (track 9)
  • Frank Wolf – drum and bass engineer (track 9)
  • Gavyn Wright – strings leader (tracks 8, 12)
  • Ghian Wright – assistant vocal engineer (track 12), assistant engineer (track 15)
  • Victoria Wu – additional production (track 9)
  • Andy Zulla – mixing (tracks 6, 13)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] Platinum 70,000 
Canada (Music Canada)[49] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[51] Gold 7,500^
Japan (RIAJ)[52] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[53] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[54] Gold 20,000^
Portugal (AFP)[55] Gold 10,000^
Russia (NFPF)[56] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[59] Platinum 1,771,000[58]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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