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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian pop-punk band features songs co-written by such artists as Duran Duran, All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden, with production by John Feldmann.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 26, 2015
    80
    Rather than feeling like a mash-up of their favourite bands--which is no bad thing--album two finds the four-man phenomenon firming up their identity and becoming their own band.
  2. Alternative Press
    Oct 22, 2015
    80
    When compared to their debut, the maturity of Sounds Good is evident. [Nov 2015, p.95]
  3. Kerrang!
    Oct 22, 2015
    80
    5 Seconds To Summer are clearly at their best when drummer Ashton is let loose behind his kit and the band are powering through huge, catchy choruses. [17 Oct 2015, p.52]
  4. Oct 23, 2015
    60
    Their second LP shows off their musical knowledge and ambition without getting in the way of their own preternatural adorableness.
  5. Oct 26, 2015
    60
    They should step outside of their comfort zone more often.
  6. Oct 23, 2015
    60
    All that retro angst is more rote and less involving than the way its debut tried to square loud guitars with the hooky imperatives of chart pop. In the last several tracks, though, the energy returns.
  7. 40
    Within the first four songs, 5SOS shout out underachievers, college dropouts and kids battling low self-esteem. They do so with winning sincerity, but even that can’t quite make up for the record’s derivative sound.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Feb 16, 2017
    10
    Honestly, this is the love of my life, the album of my life. I am not lying when I say I love every single piece of it. It certainly shows howHonestly, this is the love of my life, the album of my life. I am not lying when I say I love every single piece of it. It certainly shows how much 5SOS have matured and I can't even believe it. This album just has songs about real things and they are written in a good relatable way. This is too fangirly and can't be taken that seriously because I sure am overdoing this but this album really means the world to me. I relate to this on a spiritual level, it motivates me and I am proud of them. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    O melhor trabalho da banda, o amadurecimento musical é notável, o álbum é maravilhoso, me identifiquei tanto, as letras são tão boas e com umaO melhor trabalho da banda, o amadurecimento musical é notável, o álbum é maravilhoso, me identifiquei tanto, as letras são tão boas e com uma sonoridade muito gostosa. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2015
    10
    o que esperar de um álbum como esse? exatamente, muita coisa boa, com certeza o melhor álbum deles, o som e as letras estão muito boas, nãoo que esperar de um álbum como esse? exatamente, muita coisa boa, com certeza o melhor álbum deles, o som e as letras estão muito boas, não esperava menos dos reis da fivesos Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    maravilhosooooo repleto de hinos só resta aceitar, já ouvi umas 303130 vezes e cada vez que escuto tenho mais orgulho dos garotos e percebo omaravilhosooooo repleto de hinos só resta aceitar, já ouvi umas 303130 vezes e cada vez que escuto tenho mais orgulho dos garotos e percebo o quanto eles amadureceram em comparação ao primeiro álbum Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    10
    muito bommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm maravilhosooooooooooooooo muito cheirosooooooooooooo melhormuito bommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm maravilhosooooooooooooooo muito cheirosooooooooooooo melhor albummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm bebesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2015
    9
    I think this album is good , one of the best this year . My opinion is completely biased due to my attachment to the pop-punk era of earlyI think this album is good , one of the best this year . My opinion is completely biased due to my attachment to the pop-punk era of early 00's , the album brings me so much nostalgia , especially "jet black heart" which is the best song of the album , it reminds me of a blink 182 song . Because they're the only mainstream punk band this days they have a special place in my heart . But regardless of their genre and influences , this album proves how much they grew , they're no more a simple boy band for teenagers but a real band who defies the trend and revives a genre that is supposedly dead , no punk never dies ! The proof is 5SOS . Permanent vacation is so kick ass , it's like a song from the 90's green day . If you want a pop and catchy song , catch fire is definitely for you , it's like a better version of a one direction song . If you want a serious song , we have Broken Home , and the fact that they speak about such serious subject as divorce is the proof of they're maturity , and in such poignant song , one of my favs too. Fly away is so energetic and overwhelming it makes you move everywhere .Outer Space / Carry On is a masterpiece , the perfect love song , and the voice delivery is stuning , especially on the line "the darkest night never felt so bright with you by my side" , and the second half is so uplifting and is the perfect closer for "sounds good feels good" . Money is the perfect opener , so uptempo and catchy , as anthemic as "she's kinda hot' and vapor have a special vibe , a power ballad like no other these days.
    The only flaw of the album is the lack of originality , I think that they didn't add something special to the punk movement , just some other catchy songs .And ''Hey everybody" dont deserve to be a single but is energetic and pretty cool i guess, reminds me of their first album , no risks taking here.

    Best songs : She's kinda hot , Money , Catch fire , Outer Space / Carry On, Permanent Vacation ,Castaway, Broken Home, Fly Away, Vapor, Safety Pin .

    Absolute favorite : Jet Black Heart !!
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  7. Oct 29, 2015
    3
    5 Seconds of Summer's "Sounds Good Feels Good" isn't as good as the title says. Right off the bat, these guys are VERY controversial, with5 Seconds of Summer's "Sounds Good Feels Good" isn't as good as the title says. Right off the bat, these guys are VERY controversial, with accusations of copying My Chemical Romance with "She's Kinda Hot" and Duran Duran with "Hey Everybody!", but they have copied way more than just music (look up the 5sos copying things account on Twitter to see a lot of things they copied), but all in all, this is just a really awful, mellowed down blink-182, with the highlight of the album being "She's Kinda Hot", but even that's awful. If you're looking for a popular band, i'd say, stick with One Direction, or if you're looking for a pop punk band, stick with Green Day or blink-182. Expand

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