Never Gone

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Never Gone
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Studio album by Backstreet Boys
Released June 14, 2005
Recorded January 26, 2004–January 2005;
Westlake Audio, Henson Recording Studios, Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA)
Dr. Luke's New York (New York)
Woodland Ranch (Woodland Hills, CA)
Maratone Studio (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Village Recorder, The Underlab (Los Angeles, CA)
Turtle Sound Studios (New York City)
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop
Length 47:41
Label Jive
Producer Johan 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 Yacoub
Backstreet Boys chronology
The Hits – Chapter One
Never Gone
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

Never Gone is the fifth (fourth in the U.S.) studio album 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.

The album varies musically from their previous albums, with a rock sound to the album. 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.


Backstreet Boys at Never Gone Tour.

Never Gone was the last album to feature Kevin Richardson, who departed from the group in 2006 to pursue other interests, until his return in 2012.

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.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (40/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[1]
E! Online C[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
People 2/4 stars[5]
PopMatters 2/10 stars[6]
Robert Christgau C[7]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[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]

Commercial performance[edit]

Never Gone was certified as a Platinum record in the U.S. It sold 293,000 copies in U.S during first week, and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 making it their second platinum-selling album and fifth consecutive top ten album in the USA following The Hits – Chapter One in 2001. In Japan, it sold 528,000 copies and was the second biggest western artist's album for 2005[10] To date, it sold with a total of 750,000 copies.[11] It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.[12] And certificated Gold and Platinum record at 11 different countries.

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.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Incomplete"   Dan Muckala, Jess Cates, Lindy Robbins Muckala 3:59
2. "Just Want You to Know"   Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald Martin, Dr. Luke 3:53
3. "Crawling Back to You"   Chris Farren, Blair Daly John Fields 3:44
4. "Weird World"   John Ondrasik Gregg Wattenberg 4:12
5. "I Still..."   Martin, Rami Yacoub Martin, Yacoub 3:49
6. "Poster Girl"   Billy Mann, Rasmus Bähncke, René Tromborg Mann, Supa'Flyas[a] 3:56
7. "Lose It All"   Wally Gagel, Shelly Peiken, Alexander Barry Fields 4:04
8. "Climbing the Walls"   Martin, Gottwald Martin, Dr. Luke 3:43
9. "My Beautiful Woman"   Paul Wiltshire, Victoria Wu Wiltshire, Wu[b] 3:38
10. "Safest Place to Hide"   Tom Leonard, Robin Lerner John Shanks 4:40
11. "Siberia"   Martin, Yacoub, Alexandra Talomaa Christian Nilsson, Johan Brorson 4:17
12. "Never Gone"   Kevin Richardson, Gary Baker, Steve Diamond Mark Taylor 3:45
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer

Charts and certifications[edit]


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