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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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Amnesia
I drove by all the places we used to hang out getting wasted I thought about our last kiss, how it felt the way you tasted And even though your... See the rest of the song lyrics

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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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  1. Positive: 22 out of 39
  2. Negative: 11 out of 39
  1. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    this albums is so good for listen when you'e traveling, to sleep, in a party i love them so mushc and love this album, they are so good idols,this albums is so good for listen when you'e traveling, to sleep, in a party i love them so mushc and love this album, they are so good idols, REISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    5 Seconds of Summer has become my favorite band and one of my top 5 favorite musical performers of all time. This is one of my top 5 favorite5 Seconds of Summer has become my favorite band and one of my top 5 favorite musical performers of all time. This is one of my top 5 favorite albums of 2014 and one of my favorite albums of all time. I loved all of the videos and they were all very fun and done well. I loved the album cover. The songs I loved the most were Amnesia, She Looks So Perfect, Good Girls, Beside You, Kiss Me Kiss Me, Don't Stop, and English Love Affair. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    olha só vc que deram zero deem zero pro meu pau esse album merece dezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzolha só vc que deram zero deem zero pro meu pau esse album merece dezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz vendeu 2 milhoes recalcados reis compre sgfg on itunes Expand
  4. May 8, 2016
    7
    Bom disco, mas não ótimo, eu amo 5SOS, mas esse disco faltou realidade, só tem história de amor nesse álbum, mas também tem o hino SocialBom disco, mas não ótimo, eu amo 5SOS, mas esse disco faltou realidade, só tem história de amor nesse álbum, mas também tem o hino Social Casualty, que mostra bastante o pop-punk que a banda tem, honrando influências de bandas como Green Day, blink-182 e All Time Low. Expand
  5. 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 SummerDon'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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  6. Aug 29, 2014
    4
    They said they're like Fall Out Boy? hAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA No. They'reThey said they're like Fall Out Boy? hAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA No. They're okay, just ANOTHER pop/rock boyband. Nothing more. Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2015
    0
    Bad, just bad. Honestly one of the worst albums I've ever listened to. The only good song on the album is 'Amnesia' but it can't save theBad, just bad. Honestly one of the worst albums I've ever listened to. The only good song on the album is 'Amnesia' but it can't save the album from this review. Expand

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