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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
    81
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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
    60
    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
    50
    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 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    10
    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
    10
    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
    9
    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
    5
    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.
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  5. Jul 22, 2014
    5
    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
    5
    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.
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  7. Jul 22, 2014
    0
    Yet another ridiculous BOYBAND... Even though their fans on Twitter and the band themselves deny they are such, they bloody well are. They're as equal as their contemporaries such as The Vamps in terms of that for instance. They're better than One Direction at the very least, who are indeed utter ****

    The reasons why they're better? They aren't manufactured like 1D and many other boybands in the last couple of decades. They formed themselves, and at least they write their own songs, although most of these are pretty crap compared to some artists of the current day. The good thing about them is that they play their own Instruments too, unlike 1D. But this just makes hypnotized hyper fangirls on Twitter consider them a band, yet that isn't what they are.

    I would have actually been more generous in my score, but I don't really want the user score to rise too much if I were to be. But one thing that annoys me most is that fangirls will just write 10/10 reviews because they don't know good music when they hear it, like Burart's review for instance. Also, the fact that at time of writing, the user score's on all of One Direction's album's appear to be higher.
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