Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls



by ToWhatEnd USER (100 Reviews)
November 17th, 2007 | 120 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They always tell you to stay away from drugs because they are bad and potentially addictive. That same statement certainly shares some parallels with Boys Like Girls.

Over the last few years, pop punk is a genre that has been getting quite a bad rep. After all it seems that every day the genre becomes more and more trend and appearance oriented as opposed to having its focus on the music. This is really no surprise in the long run. Than again, the words long run and pop punk typically don’t mesh together so well. The overall experience is on the back burner as the ‘instantly love it’ choruses and easy to digest riffs and progressions take the front focus. And rather than scribble off countless names, lets just say that Boston’s own Boys Like Girls seem to have the same approach. Their music is simplistic, yet undeniably catchy. It sucks you in off of the first listen and echoes in your head for days to the point where it is a nuisance. I say that in the sense that this record forces you to swim in the shallows. Musically there is rarely any sort of depth or originality. By all means this should be a record which would get three spins max and become a dust collector. Sadly there is something about this record which just makes difficult to put it down.

I say something in the sense that I’m still trying to figure it out. Like the dime a dozen acts they use the typical song format. Most songs calmly open with a simplistic lead line and suck listeners in slowly. The lead line comes out during the verses which usually consist of palm muted guitars or one acoustic guitar and one electric playing darn near the same part. Things very soon crescendo into a huge open chorded chorus, before repeating, tossing a bridge in and ending with an extra dramatic last chorus. Despite a formulaic approach, this record has numerous enjoyable and fun pop punk jams. Their hit single “The Great Escape” is one of the catchiest songs you’ll ever come across. Despite lacking any sort of musical depth, it rocks a four chord progression and screams out ‘play me’ on a Friday afternoon after a long work week (school week if we are basing this off of the group’s primary audience). “Two Minutes to Midnight” rocks a three note main riff, features a palm muted verse blended with the famous stop start octave chords and of course features a high vocal ranged chorus. Some smooth vocal harmonies come out on a seemingly laid back yet energetic chorus in “On Top of The World” which marks another basic yet pleasing. The final chorus here features a slight key change which really marks a nice surprise.

Now Boys Like Girls and surprise will not be used much in the same sentence at all when describing their music. However, contrary to their peers they don’t play 12 songs with entirely the same sounds, hooks, and dynamics. I say this in the sense that there are a fair amount of softer songs present here. The surprise is they are some of the best tracks on the record. “Thunder” is the token acoustic ballad regarding a summer love. While on paper plenty of the lyrics to this song appear cheesy, the delivery of them is rather convincing. After the acoustic jam listeners will expect the ‘pick things back up’ song. They will also be very surprised with “Me You and My Medication”. It keeps a fairly slow tempo and features some great samples along with one of the best choruses on the record. Vocals really shine on almost all of the sustained notes. If you can tolerate a high and borderline whiny range this will certainly be right up your alley. The album’s final track “Holiday” is another slow jam which features some great clean guitar work. Vocals really dig in during the chorus and hit a high range but the whiny tone seems to stay away which is quite pleasing on the ears. The violins present add a nice touch without making things overly dramatic as the group composes another excellent mellow track.

I’ll give credit where credit is due; Boys Like Girls does seem to know the genre of pop punk quite well. They go for a formulaic approach, play things extremely safe, and end up with any easy to digest debut. The fact that the group lacks any real instrumental creativity is overshadowed by their undeniable catchiness way more than it should. “Heels Over Head” has just about every cliché element you can imagine; a palm muted guitar with vocal intro, a clean guitar section of the verse, stop start guitar rhythms, and the lovable ‘clap your hands while we repeat the chorus downbeat’ bridge. The real shame is not how formulaic and predictable it is but more so how it is actually enjoyable. However, tracks like “Dance Hall Drug” are just too poppy for their own good with their overly standard guitar rhythms and far too smooth progressions. When this occurs their gimmick becomes quite obvious. But in reality, Boys Like Girls self titled record does a great job of bringing catchiness factor at a nonstop pace. Coupled with a small handful of impressive slower tempo tunes, the end result is more pleasing than it should be. After telling myself such phrases including “I won’t like this in a week”, and “This is just a phase band”, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that these guys are a guilty pleasure. Shucks.

Recommended Tracks
The Great Escape
On Top of the World
Me You and My Medication
Heels Over Head

Final Rating: 3/5

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November 17th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't reviewed in a month and a half. There's my excuse for the suckage.

November 17th 2007


Good review. I wouldn't go out of my way to discover any new pop-punk bands, but I still listen to the genre every now and then.

November 17th 2007


This is a really good review, especially since you keep it so concise. This band is just really boring and I don't find it necessarily catchy at all. "Hero/Heroine" got old even when it was just a demo.

November 17th 2007


not a bad review.
i agree with you on many points. the pop punk formula has been used a little too much. they and cartel came into our town like months ago. man, so many preppy girls went to that concert, and so many of them were wearing BLG merch for the rest of the year.

November 17th 2007


You say some variation of "I say this in the sense..." a bit too much, but other than that, this is a good review. I've only heard "The Great Escape" and it's catchy as hell, but whatever street cred they had vanished when they started opening for Avril Lavigne.

November 18th 2007


They always tell you to stay away from drugs because they are bad and potentially addictive. That same statement certainly shares some parallels with Boys Like Girls.

November 19th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0


December 14th 2007


That show they opened was amazing. Although All Time Low is as well.

July 19th 2009


review does a great job of describing why i can't describe why i like this

so a guilty pleasure

September 8th 2009


Album Rating: 2.5

This is decent, their new album is atrocious though.

June 28th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

When this first came out I bought it and liked it alot but didnt tell anyone i liked them because their name was Boys Like Girls, I cant really listen to this album anymore it makes me laugh but Its still one of the best in the genre, that has came out in the last 5 years

September 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Not as good as All Time Low's album - So Wrong It's Wright, which is pretty similar however it is still quite a solid pop-punk album with some great and catchy songs. Love Drunk unfortunately is not as great.

September 23rd 2010


You should probably keep your comment count below 15, deathtoaji. That way you won't cause or have any trouble on here.

October 10th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, good review. Just a little typo there.

“Two Minutes to Midnight”

It's a good album, but certainly no Powerslave.

October 10th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

No, I don't think I wanna fuck off. I will go where I please and say what I want there. You don't like my opinion? Deal with it.

July 8th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

Hey now, Andcas, this was decent.

January 5th 2013


This defines guilty pleasure for me

January 5th 2013


Ah pop punk

January 5th 2013


Embrace the catchiness Andcas

April 20th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

good album

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