Boys Like Girls
Love Drunk


1.5
very poor

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
September 7th, 2009 | 139 replies | 22,293 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boys Like Girls get even worse.

22 of 23 thought this review was well written

It's no secret that pop-punk isn't a genre that requires a gratuitous amount of talent or skill to execute "well". Thousands upon thousands of pop-punk bands execute the genre perfectly (most of them still in high school). They exercise cliches to the nth degree and craft catchy, redundant anthems for pre-pubescent rebels -- all these up and coming bands constructing melodically pleasing pop-punk music sounds dandy and harmless until you realize that "perfect" pop-punk is bad. It may be sonically sound and smooth around the edges, but let's face it: pop-punk is home to some of the most blatantly rehashed abominations known to music; albums that unabashedly celebrate immaturity and musical reiteration. The few bands that have laudably produced good pop-punk - such as Anberlin, Paramore, and to a lesser extent, Mae and The Classic Crime - are bands that do things a little bit differently; bands that inject a wider array of influences and a personal touch into their music. Boys Like Girls are not one of those bands. They are instead a group that falls to the bottom of the proverbial pop-punk barrel with the likes of Hawk Nelson and Hello Operator; bands that gorge excitedly on the dregs of other's successes like parasitic bottom-feeders. Hungry for mainstream success and infatuated with the idea of doing absolutely nothing interesting for the rest of their sorry careers, Boys Like Girls have gotten remarkably worse.

Love Drunk is lyrically situated in the angst-ridden wastelands of teenage heartbreak (target market: predictable). From the glitchy vocals that open 'Heart Heart Heartbreak' to the faux-strings that close the all too long six-minute closer 'Go' to the giant red heart plastered atop the vibrant album artwork, the entire album is centered around relationships (or lack thereof). This "concept" in itself isn't the problem, no, it's the fact that the entire band plays without any diction or sincerity in the slightest. Love Drunk just sounds fake. By refusing to instrumentally do anything out of the ordinary (or anything interesting), each song is a mundane drawl that lulls and bores the listener to the point of irritation. Is the band at least enjoying themselves? Well, no: it essentially sounds as if the band didn't even want to record the album.

Perhaps the funniest thing about Boys Like Girls' sophomore record Love Drunk is that it's actually a legitimate regression from the band's self-titled debut. Love Drunk's predecessor wasn't abhorrent by any means, it was just boring, uninspired and pretty darn cheesy. Love Drunk takes everything that made their debut mediocre and amplifies it to new unlistenable heights. In order to 'develop' (devolve), Boys Like Girls have employed the likes of aerobics music (Real Thing), campy vocal effects (Heart Heart Heartbreak), grating Auto-Tune (every song) and a guest vocal spot from pop-starlet Taylor Swift (which ironically happens to be the best part of the album; problematic to say the least). Rushed vocal delivery fails to compliment the purely puerile lyrics ("We used to kiss all night/Now it's just a bar fight/So don't call me crying!"), vocalist Martin Johnson's Patrick Stump impression is laughable (even under the countless layers of studio sheen and Auto-Tune) and the entire band plays like the haphazard lovechild of early-Jonezetta and Hawk Nelson (except worse).

Ultimately, Love Drunk isn't a colossal disappointment (nobody expected any better); it's just really, really bad. It will bore you, it will make you cringe and most importantly, it will force you to listen to something else. Thank Boys Like Girls for stressing the importance of creativity in modern music -- then forget Love Drunk ever happened.



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Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

happy 50th.

i thank foreverendeared for posting on my first review.

also, album sucks as much as I say it does. I promise.

OH and it's released today in the UK

thebbqshrimp
September 7th 2009



1207 Comments


Fantastic review. Terrible album.

That being said, "5 Minutes To Midnight" off their self-titled r00lz.

EasternLight
September 7th 2009



2700 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the first album was a guilty pleasure of mine at one point, but this sounds absolutely dreadful.

ziroth
September 7th 2009



1252 Comments


Does sound cringe-worthy, nice review of course

Happy 50th.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2009



2670 Comments


A very good review, although I wasn't really a fan of slagging the entire genre in the intro - there is a lot of good pop-punk that perpetuates the genre's stereotypes in a positive way - but this is honestly some of the worst garbage I've heard this year. The Auto-Tune is absolutely atrocious.

Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Thank you all and Jom. Appreciate it.

there is a lot of good pop-punk that perpetuates the genre's stereotypes in a positive way


Which bands fall under this umbrella in your opinion?

ToWhatEnd
September 7th 2009



3172 Comments


Yeah this record blows big time. Some of the slower jams are undeniably honest and when Boys Like Girls does their best imitation of themselves the tracks end up moderately enjoyable. Sadly, most of the record is a slum of mediocre, boring and dreadfully overproduced pop. Regression is absolutely right; spot on review.

cvlts
September 7th 2009



8954 Comments


Which bands fall under this umbrella in your opinion?


Set Your Goals, Hit the Lights, Fireworks, Lifetime, ect.

bastard
September 7th 2009



3435 Comments


Boys Like Girls more like gay

Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Boys Like Girls more like gay


oh wait YOU were the first person to comment on a review of mine

fancy thaaat

bastard
September 7th 2009



3435 Comments


on your second review yeah.

Happy fiftieth review, you have a much better handle on the english language and the skill of reviewing than i could wish to have. we should go out

Knott-
Emeritus
September 7th 2009



10195 Comments


even IIIIII hate this

and awh you missed the line out

first track is a backstreet boys song end of

also lol ur gonna get negged to shit

Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

"on your second review yeah." nobody commented on the first one, so you still hold the title.

"we should go out" deal.

"also lol ur gonna get negged to shit" i embrace the impending maelstrom with arms spread wide



chiggles
September 7th 2009



76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Good review. Boys Like Girls are just a dud in the pop-punk genre.

LepreCon
September 7th 2009



4002 Comments


One of many

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

Golgoroth
September 7th 2009



1084 Comments


Best "pop punk sucks" review ever.

ebay
September 7th 2009



501 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band was definitely a guilty pleasure of mine a few years ago. now they are just annoying to say the least. when i first heard "love drunk" on the radio i knew that these lil basterds weren't going to do anything for me anymore. happy 50th caleb.... too bad u didn't save it for anything good .

Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

happy 50th caleb.... too bad u didn't save it for anything good


i was planning on doing another pretentious review about how music should be personal and whatnot but I realized i already said everything i wanted to say in my viva la vida review and anything else on the matter would be redundant.




Knott-
Emeritus
September 7th 2009



10195 Comments


plus you secretly love this

Waior
September 7th 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

...resisting making an adam knott pun



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