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STUCK ON FORMULA <br> THE BACKSTREET BOYS RELY ON THE TRIED-AND-TRUE TO GET SCREAMS

POP MUSIC has always been capable of capturing the hearts and minds of adolescents. It's not the talent that does it, but the pretty faces that perform the music.

The Backstreet Boys are the perfect example. The group's ability to entertain far outweighs its lack of talent. The Boys proved it Thursday night.

They came out wearing various outfits, while mindlessly screaming into their headsets. It's obvious that the Boys need to refine their stage act considerably. An example is the way they shouted their way through "Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playin' This Song)."

Nick Carter, a Chautauqua County native, claimed Buffalo was his real home town as the rest of the Boys took time to introduce themselves. The Boys warmed up, flowing into an a cappella rendition of "Toast to Our Love."

This showcased the group's harmonizing skills, but the annoying "doo-wop" style of Howard "Howie D" Dorough ruined the song.

"All I Have to Give" and "Anywhere for You" are typical Backstreet Boys tracks -- different songs with virtually the same gushy sentiments to a loved one.

Three lucky girls, no doubt the envy of the entire crowd, were brought on stage for the Boys to sing to during "I'll Never Break Your Heart."

The group's upcoming single "As Long As You Love Me" followed, seemingly ending the set. The Backstreet Boys proved it doesn't take much to make young girls scream, as they played for approximately an hour.

They came back, however, clad in matching black leather. "Get Down (You're the One for Me)" began the encore in energetic fashion, complete with a nicely choreographed dance number.

The group seemed to have the most fun performing its smash hit "We've Got It Goin' On," a hip-hop influenced dance track. At this point, the Backstreet Boys had completed almost all of the tracks from their current, self-titled album.

The Boys fittingly ended the show with their current top-10 smash "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)." The popular song had the majority of the crowd singing along, creating a symphony of teens.

The Backstreet Boys have found the formula for success -- five good-looking young men singing gooey pop songs that make the girls scream and cry will always make money. It's a success for the young audience, but a painful reality to mature fans of music.

The hard driving techno group DJ Company opened the show in dynamic fashion. Sultry lead singer January Ordu, an Afro-German, treated the audience to a tight, satisfying set.

The trio, also featuring dancers Michael Fielder and Brian Thomas, performed its hits "Forever Young" and "Rhythm Of Love."

POP CONCERT
Backstreet Boys

Urban pop sounds from young group, plus DJ Company.

Thursday night in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

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