Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls


2.0
poor

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
September 4th, 2007 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Completely mindless pop-punk that shows signs of originality, but falls flat on its face quickly.

These recent string of popular pop-punk/emo bands has gone to an overbearing extreme...its a lot like reality TV shows about 5 years ago. Everything was 'Survivor' this and 'The Amazing Race' that, and lately, the 'trendy' thing has been the overpopulation and abundance of these frustrating, annoying, whiny, 'emo' pop-punk acts like Chiodos and Panic! At the Disco. Not a single good song has come from many of these bands, and they all sound the same. What makes them so 'enjoyable' and 'popular'? The same thing goes for this little band called Boys Like Girls. No, its not some cheap pornography flick you bought at the local video store, its in fact a band from Boston, Massachusetts who sound like every other pop-punk act out there, they've got plenty of the 'indie' and 'underground' charm, filled with whiny vocals, love ballads, and cliche one-liners.

Why would I subject myself to the lackluster mediocrity of bands like Boys Like Girls then, you might ask? Well, it just happens this album is possibly my friend's favorite album of all time, and the song Thunder was the anthem to his and her relationship over the summer. There's not much depth here though-it all comes off repetitive, and irritating even though a few songs, notably Me, You, and My Medication shows off a bit of originality and unique quality in Boys Like Girls' debut album, but there's not much else...its the prototypical bland pop-punk you've come to expect from bands like Chiodos and Panic! At the Disco.

The album does have an upbeat, cheerful feeling in many songs though, especially in the song The Great Escape. The song has a nice, catchy beat and a fun chorus, even if the lead singer has an unbelievably whiny, overbearing, and feminine voice. On Top of the World is another upbeat, cheerful song which is a bit of sunlight in the dark, depressing lyrics that are littered among the rest of pop-punk's acts. These songs aren't great, but they are sure to brighten up your day, especially if you can get past the lead singer's whiny, screeching voice.

There's plenty solemn, love ballads along here like Thunder, which does have a heartfelt and meaningful chorus, even if it is a bit cliche. Its acoustic feel and 'echoing' charm makes it still the standout song on Boys Like Girls. Me, You, and My Medication opens up with a hip-hop like dancefloor beat filled with synthesizers and keyboards, showing off a bit of promise for the album, but it flies downhill fast into another mindless drone of a chorus. There's plenty of solid ground here on this album, but with a bit more experimentation and a bit less of the overused, 'poppy' choruses, maybe Boys Like Girls could emerge from the multitude of bland, mindless pop-punk acts; because this album has the roots, and potential to be some solid pop-punk, but Boys Like Girls' desperate attempts to be accepted by the multitude of depressed teenagers makes this album not much more than any other album by some repetitive fellow pop-punk band.

Boys Like Girls shows real promise to be more than the mindless pop-punk in abundance today, especially with the echoing, atmospheric guitar work and dancefloor beats, but their overusage of cheerful guitars, typical mindless pop-punk choruses and cliche one-liners makes this album completely mediocre and not very special. This band comes off as just another offspring of the 'emo' pop-punk acts, and a lot like the nu-metal movement of the early 2000s. There will continue to be lots of acts like this, and not very many of them manage to get much success, but who knows, maybe this Boston-bred band Boys Like Girls have the integrity and 'guts' to stick it out and put out something better than the mediocrity on their self-titled debut album. Only time will tell, but for now, make sure to keep the album on the shelf, as its not much more than any other album in the Pop-Punk section of your local record store.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


17946 Comments


stop saying emo

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"this album not much more than any other album by Panic! At the Disco."
They really dont sound a thing like P!atD, plus Panic only has one album heh. I agree with the review but your points are kind of vague and a little weird. "cheerful guitar"'s is a weird adjective to use in the first place, but when its a pop punk album thats a staple.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


There we go, fixed some minor issues, weird wording issues, and some other stuff I didn't like.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They're a pretty straightfoward pop-punk band with a heavy emphasis on pop. I dont see a lot of correlation between this and an indie pop band like The New Pornographers or even Rilo Kiley.
Js though.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


Notice I put ' around indie. I know they aren't really indie, they're pretty straightforward, but most teenyboppers think they're indie.

Fort23
September 4th 2007


2480 Comments


The Great Escape is unbelivably catchy, though I cant see myself picking this up. Good review, too.

astrel
September 4th 2007


2614 Comments


you think they are indie.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


No I don't think they are indie.



Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


15743 Comments


Atreyu pwns this.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


So does Aiden...

...astrel.

astrel
September 4th 2007


2614 Comments


damn straight. (I was j/k tribestros, btw)This Message Edited On 09.04.07

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


Well, I got atreyu as my guilty love and you got aiden.

It all works.

lolThis Message Edited On 09.04.07

astrel
September 4th 2007


2614 Comments


Aiden is just so bad, they are almost the greatest joke band ever.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


Aiden is pretty...well, ugh.

I think they are one of the worst bands ever.

I like Atreyu though, and I get shit on pretty badly. But I don't care, I like their stuff.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you like Atreyu just listen to like Botch for good uber poppy metalcore.

tribestros
September 4th 2007


918 Comments


Never even heard of Botch.

Atreyu isn't even metalcore anymore though. They are just plain metal now, maybe hard rock.

I wish they'd go back to screaming though.

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


6100 Comments


Atreyu isn't even metalcore anymore though. They are just plain metal now, maybe hard rock.

it's like we never left. 8)

ToWhatEnd
September 4th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I personally enjoy a great deal of this record. But hey I'm fond of pop punk so that might explain it. I still don't grasp how Panic! and Chiodos sound alike though. Than you just kind of lose credibility when you say neither of them has written a good song. I'm pretty confident to say P!ATD's Time To Dance is one of the better pop songs to grace my ears. But that's all IMHO.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah ".its the prototypical bland pop-punk you've come to expect from bands like Chiodos and Panic! At the Disco." is a statement I dont understand. Panic is vaguely pop punk (I debate that mercilessly) and Chiodos is a metallic-pop punk band, but neither share THAT much in common with Boys Like Girls. Actually, you'd think they were different types of music really.

The Door Mouse
September 4th 2007


2092 Comments


pop-punk/emo


Huh?



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