Room On The 3rd Floor



by LOOKALIVE49 USER (2 Reviews)
March 31st, 2013 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Surfing, parties, and girls... what more could you ask for?

Hopefully, most of you are lucky enough to have either forgotten or have never seen that crappy Lindsay Lohan movie, Just My Luck. But in case it still resides in your mind, maybe there's something good you can take from the experience. Remember the band from the movie, McFly? They're real. And they're not that bad.

Forming in 2003, UK's McFly have certainly made a name for themselves overseas. They have sold 10 million albums worldwide and are known for being the youngest band ever to have an album debut at #1, a title previously held by the Beatles. That album is Room on the 3rd Floor.

With influences of 50's and 60's pop and surf-rock, the band presents a strong batch of infectious songs, ripe with teenage heartache. However, strong songwriting helps it from becoming cheesy. We have a charming 1-2-3 punch opening the album with "Five Colours in Her Hair", "Obviously", and "That Girl." The vocal harmonies are spot on and the choruses are guaranteed to stay in your head, whether you want them to or not.

Speaking of vocal harmonies, I think thats what makes this band work so well. The combination of Tom Fletcher's high delicate voice and Danny Jones' deeper and grittier voice makes the songs interesting. Alone, I'm not sure either of them could make as big an impact, but together, they are sturdy and seamless. They shine on the "Hey Jude"-esque harmony near the end of title track "Room on the 3rd Floor" which tells the story of how the two started writing songs together in a hotel room. Drummer Harry Judd and bassist Dougie Poynter also provide a commendable rhythm section, giving songs like "Hypnotized" and "Met This Girl" an extra boost to nod our heads to.

Are there flaws? Of course. There are only so many ways to write a surf-rock song and some songs like "Saturday Night", "Surfer Babe", and "Unsaid Thing" may begin to feel redundant. But I can't say there's a song on the album thats completely unenjoyable. A part of that is thanks to the lead guitar work of Danny Jones, who adds extra touches to songs like "That Girl" and "She Left Me", adding more memorable element to already well written pop songs. The fact that there are guitar solos at all on this album impresses me!

The album closes with two strong ballads, "Not Alone" and "Broccoli." The acoustic driven "Not Alone" strays away from catching waves and chasing girls and focuses just on the troubles of getting by day to day. It is refreshing and works well. "Broccoli" features some piano from Tom Fletcher and from the opening lines, "Everything was going just the way I planned, the Broccoli was done. She doesn't know that I'm a virgin in the kitchen 'cause its normally my mom" this song contains a charm that will take you right back to your first high school crush.

Is Room on the 3rd Floor a ground breaking album? No. But it is very good pop music that will get you singing along. It seems all McFly has left to do is break out in the US… if they'll ever get their chance. Nonetheless, they are some talented young musicians, and this is a solid first release.

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March 31st 2013


What more could I ask for?

Would good music be too much?

Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2013


Fuck it, I loved this back when I was 10.

March 31st 2013


i think i liked Obviously

April 1st 2013


Brave review, but these guys do nothing for me. I fail to see how they're different from Busted (or any other boyband with guitars). Then again, I'm old, so idk.

April 1st 2013


Five Colours in Her Hair is the shit. And since I'm American, it hasnt been played to death.

December 9th 2015


'Everrrry boddddy wants to know her naaame naaame naaaaame!'

March 5th 2016


I thought this album was a very solid introduction to Mcfly. They are talented musicians who are self-made and don't rely on anyone else to make them look good- they write their own songs which are brilliant and play their own instruments very well. This album showcases their talents. The singles are quite impressive such as 5 colours in Her Hair has a very memorable opening ( and on the single release, there is also a very catchy B-side called The guy who turned her down- some won't know about this, I would recommend a listen if you like what Mcfly did back then ) and obviously has a chorus which is difficult not to sing along to, That Girl has a brilliant harmony of Tom and Dougie as Danny sings the main bit which reminds you of the Beach Boys and finally there is the eponymous fourth single which gets it's name from the album's and is a nod to where Tom and Danny wrote most of the album. This track has an amazing part before it goes into ' reminds me, I've got to keep my feet on the ground'. The other tracks on this album are also quite memorable and enjoyable such as Hypnotized which has a opening which distinguishes it from the rest and the lovable Surfer Babe which should have been the fifth single- the chorus ' surfer babe, I hope I'm not a little too late, I don't know what you're gonna say, you don't think you're my type but you are, but you are, but you are' alone is worth a listen as it is so energetic and cheery. There is even a solo ballad from Danny entitled Not Alone which is strikingly different to what the other tracks are like and surprises you which is what a good album needs so this is a really welcome addition to this album. Other tracks such as 'saturday night' and 'unsaid things' struggle to make such an impact as the other tracks on the album but never seem out of place and maintain a level of relevancy. Overall it's unbelievably well written and includes some of the best Guitar solos from around the early 2000's ( just!). Tom shows how he has had a talent for writing brilliant songs for a long time and his collaborative effort with Busted's James Bourne makes this album be a amazing first release by such a talented group of people who have made a massive impression to all fans of British bands.

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