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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian pop-punk quartet includes songs co-written with Yellowcard's Ryan Key, Boys Like Girls' Martin Johnson, All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Goldfinger's John Feldmann and Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 22, 2014
    Overall, 5 Seconds of Summer is a delightful debut from a group that cannot be easily pigeonholed, and is worth paying attention to.
  2. 70
    No one will argue 5 Seconds Of Summer is high art, but it ultimately works more often than it doesn’t. And, perhaps most important of all, it feels authentic.
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    Ultimately, 5 Seconds of Summer have crafted an album of songs that stick in your head like neon bubblegum on a hot summer sidewalk.
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    Aimed squarely at the teenage market, it's shrill exuberance and lyrical mischief all round as songs leap and sometimes creak under the weight of their double entendres.
  5. Jul 22, 2014
    The band's members pitched in writing for nearly every track on their debut, which starts with "She Looks So Perfect" and proceeds through 11 more übertame pop-punk songs about love and heartbreak that wish they were as great (power ballad "Beside You" comes closest). Still, their self-deprecating tunes have their charms.
  6. In truth, 5 Seconds of Summer are unlikely to replace their elders any time soon. But they do provide a nice alternative--one with fetching songs and just enough sass to stand out.
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    The lyrics leave no room for subtext--“Good girls,” goes the kickiest song’s thesis, “are bad girls that haven’t been caught”--and the gleaming instrumentation sounds untouched by human hands.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    I have never heard a teenage pop-rock band before.at first, I thought that kind of genre is horrible. But now, I have now figured out that It is really awesome. Favorite tracks, All of them. Great job! Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    very good album i'm impressed, definitely one of the best ones released this year
    long way home, end up here, heartbreak girl, english love
    affair >>>> Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2014
    The pop/rock songs with a pop-punk edge that is present throughtout the album with the ocasional ballad thrown in makes this record great for me. I have always appreciated the genre and 5sos manages to pull it off in a way that seems fresh in todays mainstream music with their overly upbeat energy. Although lyrically nothing revolutionary , the slightly edgy instrumentals which manage to remain radio friendly work great for them. Expand
  4. Aug 4, 2014
    Don't let the mock-All Time Low album cover, alleged Blink-182 influences, and Hot Topic era emo inspired looks fool you, 5 Seconds of Summer are as boyband-ish as an Australian foursome could come. That's not just because the current reigning boyband One Direction recommended them either. Pop-punk hasn't aged that kindly in a decade that's so far fascinated by disco, dubstep, and apparently folk, why are 5SOS so special? The answer is: they're cute. They're more glitter and gloss than glam. The summer hit, "She Looks So Perfect", has some shameless product placement bedazzled right into its chorus ("She looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear"). But as forgettable as it is formulaic by any standards, pop or "punk" (lol), there is some catchy ear candy every now and then: "Don't Stop" has a hook-heavy chorus you'll be singing for days until it's on the radio again.

    It's not shocking how overly glamorized -- if Kendall Jenner almost calling them their best-friends/archenemies on live television wasn't embarrassing enough for them, the Billboard music awards made a cringeworthy comparison to the success of the Beatles, despite being months shy of having at least one top-twenty -- and how overly hated the band has become in such a short time, but I'll give 'em another year or two before they fade out of existence. It's the kiddie pool of the music industry: it's shallow and it'll entertain the kids until they inevitably grow out of it.
  5. Jul 22, 2014
    Honestly, this album isn't bad but it sounds like an album from Green Day but in its pop version. The lyrics are good, but... why their fans are saying they're not like One Direction? The lyrics are similar to One Direction's. The only difference between them it's the "punk" way they act and play. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2014
    When I heard this album came out, I decided to listen to it and I thought it would sound horrible.

    Surprisingly, it's not that bad, but
    there are some songs too similar to those of One Direction (for example: "She Looks So Perfect", "Amnesia" etc.), but there are songs too similar to Fall Out Boy, Green Day, blink-182 & Fall Out Boy.

    For a boy band, they're ok - not bad, not good. That's it.
  7. Oct 5, 2014
    I'm sorry, but this is an absolutely terrible record. It's shockingly poor. And the band get pissed over the fact they get called a boyband by people? Why don't they just **** hit out at their label and management, it's the way that their marketed which results in them being called that. I mean appearances in teen magazines and having kiddy merchandise out just goes to show my point. They're only signed to Capitol because of money. The record label bosses are greedy capitalist pigs. Expand

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