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Helpless When She Smiles- Backstreet Boys

Visually this is a great MV, but you’ll notice some similarities with N*SYNC’s “Gone”. Namely the whole thing is black and white.

Interesting… The lyrics are very Country Singer. In fact I would go so far as to say this is a country song sung wrong. Not meaning the group sounds bad, they sound great, but in the sense that they don’t do that back throat whiny sound Country singers do. The sound is very pop, but the lyrics and music really wants to make it a Country song. The theme of the song you can guess by the title. It’s about being totally in love with a girl and no matter what happens they can’t do anything because of her smile.
I’m a house of cards in a hurricane/ a reckless ride in the pourin’ rain/ she cuts me and the pain is all I wanna feel/ she danced away just like a child/ she drives me crazy, drives me wild/ but I’m helpless when she smiles

None here. But seriously, Nick Carter REALLY looks like he wants to. He doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself when he has no choreography. He keeps trying to make his own in the background, so you have some pretty epic solo shots, but it doesn’t look very coordinated with him doing his own thing in the background.

You see none of this, but the scenery is nice. I’m making an educated guess based on 7 years of living in the area, but I’m thinking they filmed in California around mid-summer. I’m basing this off of rolling fields of dead grass, but it looks like Cali. It actually looks like this place near where I lived there… But that’s beside the point. There are a lot of scenery shots, and some pretty awesome helicopter work, but I like the calmer scenery with this song.

Other Things
This has a very serious country feel to it in everything but the voices. The lyrics, the angles and scenery all scream Country music….

I like that they filmed this in black and white. Especially with the scenery. California tends to be very brown and bright blue, especially in the summer. Almost everything is dead. I think the stark contrast of colors would have made the picture less clear than when they just filmed in two main colors. You get a much sharper feel from the images than you would otherwise. Clapping for the Director is mandatory.


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Drowning- Backstreet Boys

This, as far as I can tell, came out back near the end of their US Promotions. It seems there were definitely five of them back then, so I wasn’t crazy when in the “Bigger” review I said I thought there were more!

This is a slower love song. It has a really nice pace and the lyrics are sweet. It is about being so in love with someone you feel like you are drowning. They sing about how when they are with the girl it feels like they are dreaming and the girl is what keeps them alive.
Every time I breathe I take you in/ and my heart beats again/ baby I can’t help it/ you keep me drowning in your love/ Every time I try to rise above/ I’m swept away by love/ baby I can’t help it/ you keep me drowning in your love

Backstreet Boys did dance to some songs, but for the most part it seems they just stand still.

There is no story in this MV. The members filmed in groups in different scenic places (it looks like different featured areas in a park). The old architecture is really nice though, it looks beautiful.

Other Things
OK, now I know which member is missing in the “Bigger” MV… I don’t remember his name, but at least I recognized him!

I just really like the set they used- that park. I think they needed some choreography or something, the members get awkward when they have nothing to do. Especially Nick Carter (the only one whose name I remember!). Near the end he keeps falling to his knees. He is the only one, which is better than if more than just him did it. It would look extra odd then.

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Bigger- Backstreet Boys

For those of you who don’t know- the Backstreet Boys re-grouped in Japan, where they still perform and release songs. There are 4 of them though, I don’t know if that is how many there always are or if someone left, but yeah. This MV is from one of their Japanese albums.

The song is admitting defeat after a fight, telling the girl she has more honor in the argument and that she is “bigger”, meaning she is the right one and the better one. They promise to make it up to her some how, and tell her she really is the best for always giving them a second chance.
Cause you don’t care/ you keep sticking around/ while I’m acting a clown/ you’re bigger than me/ lalalalalalala/ cause you’re still here/ your feet stuck to the ground/ despite how silly it sounds/ you’re bigger than me

I kind of remember Backstreet Boys dancing in some of their songs, but for the most part they are a stationary group.

Story: NA
The MV follows the members around to different places and during different activities. They go to one of those cafe’s where the girls are dressed as maids, go to Karaoke with friends, go shopping and to an arcade, and a lot of shots are just individual members around Japan.

Other Things
I was kind of skeptical when I first heart that they were still performing, I’ll admit, but this is a good sound for them. They seem more settled as a group and more relaxed than when they performed in the US. I’ve read interviews with foreign artists from tons of different countries where they have said that if you can survive in the US Market you’re gold anywhere, because it is really brutal. I’m sure music is always hard, but whatever is different between our market and Japan’s seems to really have done wonders for the group. They aren’t super skinny anymore (but I’m sure there are a few six packs in there) and the overall relaxed atmosphere of the video really fits them.

Seriously, taking a few years off and then making their comeback in a different country was probably the best move they’ve ever made.

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