Never Gone

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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

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.

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.

Background[edit]

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 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.

Singles[edit]

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 reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(40/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender2/5 stars[1]
E! OnlineC[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
People2/4 stars[5]
PopMatters2/10 stars[6]
Robert ChristgauC[7]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars[8]
USA Today3/4 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] becoming the seventeenth worst reviewed album on the site.

Commercial performance[edit]

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.[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.

Track listing[edit]

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
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[47] Gold 7,500^
Japan (RIAJ)[48] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[49] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 20,000^
Portugal (AFP)[51] Gold 10,000^
Russia (NFPF)[52] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[55] Platinum 1,771,000[54]

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

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