Backstreet Boys Pick Power Ballad For Their Comeback Single

'Incomplete' hits radio soon, but some are already playing it.

The Backstreet Boys promised that the first single from their forthcoming new album would be a shocker — and for some, it will be. Though usually songs marking a return are fast-paced, this lead-off song is — brace yourself — a power ballad.

Called “Incomplete,” the first Backstreet single will go to radio in two weeks, though some stations have already played leaked versions. The midtempo track begins with a haunting piano melody, and uses dark chords to underline a theme of regret and longing. One such verse goes: “I try to go on like I never knew you/ I’m awake but my world is half asleep/ I pray for this heart to be unbroken/ But without you all I’m going to be is incomplete.”

While not a drastic change from their past material, the single does exhibit some changes vocally and musically, especially in the bridge, where Nick Carter’s solo rock forays are most evident. Detractors might say the sound is a bit dated, but fans will likely applaud the more mature direction.

Fans will get to hear all of the Backstreet Boys’ hits and more when they embark on their club tour, which kicks off Monday in New York (see “Backstreet Boys Anxious To Tour, Kick Off Club Run In March” ). The club run is a warm-up for a larger arena tour this summer, to support the band’s as-yet-untitled new album, which is due in early June. In the meantime, the Backstreet Boys play a tsunami-benefit concert in Malaysia on Friday (see “Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys Head To Malaysia For Tsunami Relief” ).

Backstreet Boys tour dates, according to their label:


  • 3/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 3/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 3/24 – Boston, MA @ Avalon
  • 3/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 3/26 – Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center
  • 3/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
  • 3/29 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
  • 3/30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 4/4 – Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Pavilion
  • 4/5 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
  • 4/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Club at Station Square
  • 4/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
  • 4/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Roberts Orpheum Theater
  • 4/12 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
  • 4/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
  • 4/15 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
  • 4/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa