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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. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25
  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 ItI 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. Feb 7, 2015
    10
    Esse álbum é muito bom, quem é fifth harmony? são aquelas que fazem um álbum cheio de farofa ruim, me poupe né? 5sos e little mixEsse álbum é muito bom, quem é fifth harmony? são aquelas que fazem um álbum cheio de farofa ruim, me poupe né? 5sos e little mix >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    I think that people are being prejudiced because of the many labels that the media have given them. Personally I find the album to be a prettyI think that people are being prejudiced because of the many labels that the media have given them. Personally I find the album to be a pretty good debut album for 4 teens. I must agree that their album is a touch more pop than I would have liked, and perhaps their next album could be a bit grittier, but the songs mostly fall into the pop punk category. I'm writing this as an unbiased teenager, and not just some obsessed fangirl.

    'She Looks So Perfect' was probably one of the stronger tracks in the album. The screaming chants, the staccato notes of Michael's guitar, the melodies and Luke Hemmings' vocals are all what pin the song down to be their best selling song so far. True, the lyrics could have been a bit less cliché in various points, but for the most part it really shows the audience the sound of 5SOS and their personality.

    'Don't Stop' I felt was a little less stronger than the previous track, and is a lot more clichéd than it should have been. Had the lyrics been a bit more original, it could have proven to be an even better track, but luckily the general melody saves it from a despairing fate.

    'Good Girls' was one of the better tracks, with some good melodies, some excellent vocals from Michael and some great lyrics. The Sprechgesang was not in their favour, I feel, but the rest was all fantastic. Had this been released as the second single, I feel like this could have easily kept up the momentum that 5SOS were attaining.

    'Kiss Me Kiss Me' was again a bit of a let down but it had its moments. Written with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, the chorus is probably its highest point.

    '18' raised up the momentum again, with quirky lyrics such as 'She's got a naughty tattoo in/A place I wanna get to/But my mum still drives me to school' and a gritty guitar riff. Personally, the lyrics are the highest point for me, but otherwise it's a decent song.

    'Everything I Didn't Say' is now entering the break-up song territory, and is filled with emotional lyrics. The only downside is that it's boring. In my opinion, pop punk should catch the listener at first glance. That's the pop part of it. And unless you have the patience to really sit down and listen to it, this isn't the song to quickly get you hooked.

    'Beside You' is practically the same as Everything I Didn't Say. Spawning from the minds behind Amy Meredith, Beside You is too clichéd and a little too boring for me. The only thing that surprised me was the strings section, really.

    'End Up Here' is a little more interesting, with the vocally powerful chorus and self deprecating manner that is so familiar with punk. Its second chorus claps are sure to keep a stadium going and to raise the energy by miles.

    'Long Way Home' features surprising piano chords at the beginning that fit in quite nicely. This one is a little more lyrically rich, which I like, such as 'We're hiding out in a dream/Catching fire like kerosene' But apart from the lyrics and catchy intro, the song is a bit of a let down.

    'Heartbreak Girl' manages to pick it up a little. I believe this was recorded before the actual album and it's pretty catchy. The guitar riff, the whole theme of the song, Heartbreak Girl doesn't disappoint. It would probably have more attention if it was placed a little higher.

    'English Love Affair' is similar to Everything I Didn't Say in that it's not the catchiest at first glance, but it definitely creeps up on you. Once you have the patience to listen to it more than a few times, it gets better and better with every listen, and the edgy lyrics and chants become more and more endearing.

    'Amnesia' is more pop than punk but it doesn't really matter. Penned by the men of Good Charlotte, Amnesia features really beautiful vocals that do showcase the talents of the boys and lyrics that will possibly drive every one of their fan girls crazy. It's a bit of a shame that its not a little punk but really the lyrics and vocals make up for it.

    'Social Casualty' shocked me, as the riff is pretty much 'Sugar, We're Going Down' from Fall Out Boy, which saddened me. They could do a lot better. The lyrics are interesting, but not enough to grip me. Apart from being a little bit of a rip off of Fall Out Boy, this track isn't enough for me.

    'Never Be' only has good lyrics for me, and otherwise, it's boring. Never Be could have done better, but its stuck with some boring melodies. It's an unfortunately low point to be at near the end.

    'Voodoo Doll' features smooth vocals and nice rhythms and honestly, for the deluxe version, it's a good song to end it on. Of course, the acoustic version of Don't Stop is what it ends on, but Voodoo Doll is the last produced song. It's lyrics are generally interesting, its vocals not too shabby and the melodies are quite catchy.

    Overall, the vocals shine through most of the songs, and generally, the punk in the pop punk is clear. The melodies are infectious - sometimes copied - and the lyrics are sometimes clichéd but original. Well done 5SOS
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  4. Nov 9, 2014
    5
    Po kjo është një tjetër i përgjithshëm band djalë pop , por ju nuk mund ta mohojnë se shumë prej këngëve në album janë sheqer , mbi tëPo kjo është një tjetër i përgjithshëm band djalë pop , por ju nuk mund ta mohojnë se shumë prej këngëve në album janë sheqer , mbi të prodhuar , dhe vetëm dua të bëjë që ju të merrni nga vendi juaj dhe valle . Megjithatë, lyrically kjo LP bie banesë me jo më shumë se melodramës ditës TV .

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  5. Jul 22, 2014
    3
    "5 Seconds of Summer" it's dumb and cliché. It contains generic pop-punk guitars with stupid lines that let you wondering why is this band"5 Seconds of Summer" it's dumb and cliché. It contains generic pop-punk guitars with stupid lines that let you wondering why is this band popular. Oh, right, this is not a band, this is easy marketing. Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2015
    0
    Muita imagem e pouca música boa de verdade. Apesar de inicialmente um pouco melhores que One Direction, os divos australianos do Allan PatrickMuita imagem e pouca música boa de verdade. Apesar de inicialmente um pouco melhores que One Direction, os divos australianos do Allan Patrick ainda precisam provar muito mais que não são apenas mais uma modinha passageira. Expand
  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'reYet 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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