Craig Seymour
October 13, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shape of My Heart

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Jive Records
genre
Pop

We gave it a C

It’s easy to interpret the first single from the Backstreet Boys’ upcoming album as a mea culpa for their prefab past (”Baby, please try to forgive me/ … I played my part”). Too bad the mannered, Max Martin produced ”Shape of My Heart” sounds as contrived as their earlier hits, yet not as playful and sweet as the salad days’ smash ”As Long as You Love Me.” This soggy mid-tempo ballad is more a joyless retread than a maturing makeover. C

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