- 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.
- Record Label: Capitol
- Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Teen Pop, Punk-Pop
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Jul 22, 2014The 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.
Jul 23, 2014The 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
Aug 4, 2014Don'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.… Expand
Jul 22, 2014Honestly, 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
Sep 24, 2014When 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.… Expand
Oct 5, 2014I'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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