THERE ARE A zillion reasons why "smart" music fans dismiss the Backstreet Boys as dopey, irrelevant, or just plain creepy. Their quasi-pimpy attire and facial hair certainly don't help. Then there's the wind constantly blowing through the group's videos (won't they wrinkle prematurely?), the sameness of their songs, and (for adults) the many, many little girls who have memorized every lyric. Fun as it is might be to tweak the ageism of critics and annoy snobbish friends as an out-of-the-closet BSB fan, my own affection for the group has lately been tougher to justify. The music on... More >>>