Inconsolable

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"Inconsolable"
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Unbreakable
Released August 27, 2007 (U.S.)
September 26, 2007 (JPN)
October 05, 2007 (GER)
October 22, 2007 (UK)
Recorded Studio E, At Chalice Recording, & Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA 2007
Genre Pop[1]
Length 3:36
Label Jive/Zomba
Writer(s) Emanuel Kiriakou, Lindy Robbins, Jess Cates
Producer(s) Emanuel Kiriakou
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"I Still..."
(2006)
"Inconsolable"
(2007)
"Helpless When She Smiles"
(2007)
Music video
"Inconsolable" on YouTube

"Inconsolable" is the first single by the Backstreet Boys from their sixth studio album Unbreakable which was released on October 30, 2007. The single hit the U.S. radio outlets on August 27, 2007. It was first confirmed on July 25, 2007 and premiered by Jive at Z-100 - New York's Hit Music Station on August 6. The Single entered Top 10 in seven countries.

Background and composition[edit]

"Inconsolable" was written by Emmanuel Kiriakou, Lindy Robbins and Jess Cates and produced by Emanuel Kiriakou.[1] It features the trademark emotional boy band romantic lyrics[2] with heartfelt vocals.[3] The song is a piano-driven power ballad similar to "Incomplete". It features acoustic piano, strings, rhythmic acoustic guitars, heavy vocal harmonies and an emotional vocal performance.[4] The song's verses are in the key of G major, whilst the chorus is in the relative key of E minor.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Andy Battaglia of The A.V. Club commented that the song "reach the stirring heights of old while maintaining Backstreet Boys' habit of mimicking, melodically and structurally, songs by Def Leppard."[6] Gemma Padley of BBC Music wrote that the song "features the trademark emotional wrangling but thankfully resists boy band cliches like the diabolical key change."[2] Simon Vozick-Levinson from Entertainment Weekly called it a "soggy adult-contemporary power ballad",[7] while Matt O'Leary from Virgin Media named it "a textbook Backstreet Boys song, a huge, glossy, shiny thing, with very heartfelt vocals."[3] Yahoo! Music wrote: "It is an extremely catchy pop song, a perfect track to reintroduce the group to the marketplace."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Ray Kay, is shot in Venice Beach, California. Like their previous hit Incomplete, the music video featured the Boys, now without Kevin Richardson, both individually and together. In the beginning, Nick Carter is shown lying on the beach at dawn; Brian Littrell is in his house looking out; A. J. McLean is on the street with his car, much like in Incomplete. Howie Dorough is shown sitting with his back against a wall near the beach. At various intervals in between, when the chorus is sang, the four are seen together on the Venice Pier. After the leads are sung, the scenes shift between the Boys individually and together; at the end of the video, the sun breaks and they look above in wonder. The city wakes up and they walk towards the ocean together on the pier.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Inconsolable" (Album Version) - 3:36
  2. "Close My Eyes" - 4:06
UK CD2
  1. "Inconsolable" (Album Version) - 3:36
  2. "Inconsolable" (Jason Nevins Remix) - 4:14
  3. "Inconsolable" (Soul Seekerz Remix) - 5:49
  4. "Inconsolable" (Eazy Remix) - 6:08
  5. "Inconsolable" (Video) - 3:43

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 43
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 31
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 6
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 9
Brazil (Brazil Top 20)[12] 2
Taiwan (Taiwan Top 10)[13] 1
Japan (Japan Top 20)[14] 10
World (World Singles Official Top 100)[15] 28
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 68
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[17] 21
Germany (Media Control Charts)[18] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 36
Italy (FIMI)[20] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 38
Portugal (Portugal Singles Top 50)[22] 35
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[23] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 24
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[28] 86
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[29] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Backstreet Boys' Unbreakable: An Undeniably Strong Album". Yahoo! Voices. October 26, 2007. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Paddley, Gemma (November 8, 2007). "BBC - Music - Review of Backstreet Boys - Unbreakable". BBC Music. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b O'Leary, Matt. "Backstreet Boys: Unbreakable review - Album Reviews - Music - Virgin Media". Virgin Media. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.pandora.com/backstreet-boys/inconsolable/inconsolable
  5. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0068877&ref=google
  6. ^ Battaglia, Andy (November 6, 2007). "Backstreet Boys: Unbreakable | Music | Music Review | The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (October 26, 2007). "Unbreakable Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  12. ^ http://top40-charts.com/song.php?sid=21005&sort=chartid
  13. ^ http://top40-charts.com/song.php?sid=21005&sort=chartid
  14. ^ http://top40-charts.com/song.php?sid=21005&sort=chartid
  15. ^ http://top40-charts.com/song.php?sid=21005&sort=chartid
  16. ^ "Backstreet Boys Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Backstreet Boys. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  17. ^ "Backstreet Boys Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Backstreet Boys. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  18. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  19. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  20. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable". Top Digital Download. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  22. ^ http://acharts.us/song/27382
  23. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable". Singles Top 60. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  25. ^ "Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  26. ^ "3, 2007/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 11 Oct 10.
  27. ^ "Backstreet Boys Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Backstreet Boys. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  28. ^ "Backstreet Boys Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Backstreet Boys. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  29. ^ "Backstreet Boys Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Backstreet Boys. Retrieved October 11, 2010.

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