Six years, six whole years it’s been since we last heard from the ageless boyband that is Backstreet Boys. The last time we heard from Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean was in 2012 when they released their last studio album In a World Like This. We, fans of BSB have been waiting ever since, having to make do with their timeless songs on our devices and then like a thief in the night, they have found their way back with new music. DNA is an album that without a doubt breezes out a more mature sound for the legendary boy band. It is also noteworthy that this is their first release back as a five-piece since they dropped “Never Gone” in 2005. Kevin Richardson left the group and was notably absent in their projects up until DNA. After making we lovers of BSB wait for six good years, does this album make it up to us? My answer will be an outright YES! This might actually be the Backstreet Boys’ best album since they released Black and Blue in the year 2000. The album may not hit the commercial heights as well as get all of the hype that the albums they released in the late 90s did, it still has enough to gain music lover’s attentions. DNA sees Backstreet Boys infuse the maturity they’ve garnered over the years into the kind of pop hooks they dominated the charts with back in the day. It obviously is also a more interesting record than last album In A World Like This. DNA rarely deviated from the Backstreet Boy’s harmony-driven pop sound while evolving their production to fit today’s sound which worked perfectly as it earned the group their first Grammy nomination in 17 years. That evolution carries throughout all of DNA’s 12 tracks, while also presenting Backstreet Boys’ most diverse set yet, taking in pop, R&B, 80s synths, Country and EDM influences. The lead single of the album “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was a song that had me stand still for a while, not even believing that it was a song performed by the Backstreet Boys. The members of the boyband alongside their production team had sought out a way to crack into the modern pop scene with the song being their first to chart in the United States since 2007’s “Inconsolable” and also turned out to be their biggest hit since 2005’s “Incomplete.” It totally resonates with we their long-term fans as well as fans of the modern pop landscape. Its beats blend in well with the larger-than-life harmonies the band has come to be well known for and once the catchy chorus kicks in, you realize the song makes a strong case to be one of the band’s best hits even if it will have to do a whole lot to beat the likes of “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Love Me.” It is just the kind of music we need from the Backstreet Boys in this day and age.