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ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Backstreet Boys, ‘In A World Like This’

On its latest release, “In a World Like This,” the vocal quintet Backstreet Boys continues to do what it has always done. (And it is indeed again a quintet with the return of Kevin Richardson.)

That means plenty of polished, tuneful-enough, mid-tempo adult contemporary pop songs featuring exclamations to both girls and the world about the glorious power of love. Whether it’s literally providing oxygen like some kind of romantic scuba mask on “Breathe” or helping get the party started on Euro-disco throbbers like “Permanent Stain,” it is taking care of business.

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