5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer


2.0
poor

Review

by TheMoonchild USER (131 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2014 | 44 replies


Release Date: 06/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Dairy Queen to One Direction's McDonald's.

There's nothing wrong with being inoffensive. There's plenty of bands nowadays who have carved out their own niche simply by playing things safe and just doing what they set out to do: by just giving the masses a CD running up to 40 minutes full of music that's so squeaky clean that even your grandma wouldn't mind it being played in her house. After all, there's a market for everything, right" How do you think One Direction are so popular" Easy: Three minute jaunts about cute girls that are tailor made to be sung along to by the girls you're likely to find hanging around your local mall. They aren't the first, however; though this kind of music had suffered some sort of a decline in the mid-2000s when glam rap and emo dominated the charts, sometime around 2007 it began to come back, and now it's bigger than ever. Enter 5 Seconds of Summer: an Aussie pop-rock band who pretty much are what you would expect: 3-minute 4-chord anthems with generic lyrics about cute girls and summer love. And they are also the latest in a long line of Youtube channels promoted for their covers of popular songs- and had also achieved a small following when they supported One Direction in 2012 on tour. And they're also the latest in a long list of those talented bands who could be great, but utterly waste their talent with such bed-wetting music.

5 Seconds of Summer's debut album isn't offensively bad in any way- hell, I wouldn't even say it's bad at all. If all you're expecting is safe, straightforward pop music, then this album is right up your alley. The songs are catchy and anthemic; they're clean and fun for the whole family. Problem is, like a lot of these kinds of albums nowadays, it's disposable. By the time you've finished the album, you've pretty much forgotten you've even listened to it. I could try to pinpoint a highlight, as I did find a few things I like about the album, but too much of it sounds the same, and in the end, you're left wondering why you bothered, and better yet, why they bothered. All of this is evident in the album's lead single, "She Looks So Perfect". It's a catchy tune, but if you have heard it, then you're pretty much heard the whole album. The lyrics are even flat-out typical: "You look so perfect standing there/In my American Apparel underwear", which could essentially be the next "I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch" (could these guys actually be LFO under a different moniker"). However, thankfully the rest of the lyrical content on the album is a bit more risky (though that isn't saying much): "Amnesia" celebrates driving under the influence because you've broken up with your girlfriend (yikes), "Good Girls" implies that "Good girls are just bad girls that haven't been caught yet", and "18" is an ode to preventing statutory rape, about how a guy wishes he wasn't underage so he could sleep with a much older woman. And this would probably be a good aspect of the album if it weren't so undermined by the boring and formulaic nature.

To their credit, at least they are trying, in some way, to stand out by adding more rock to the sugary pop sound, but the result is less Blink 182 and more One Direction with a more guitar heavy sound. It's a shame, because if you've seen clips of these guys performing covers, and interview footage of them, they seem like genuinely nice and funny guys. But being generally nice guys and having a predominantly clean image doesn't make up for what is ultimately a waste of potential. Songs like "Everything I Didn't Say" show the band trying to break their formulaic sound, and to be fair, said song is the closest the album comes to being memorable- a slower track about regretting not telling the one you love what you really mean to say when you have the chance, and a truly emotional vocal performance does it good- but even that isn't as grand as an endorsement as I'm making it sound. In the end, this album comes off like a fast food product. It looks appealing, tastes appealing, but after you're done, you're likely to forget you even ate it- but will suffer the consequences with a mad stomach ache.



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TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh look, another band signed primarily because of their Youtube covers

joshieboy
July 23rd 2014


6520 Comments


Another band for the 10 year old girls to scream for

Asdfp277
July 23rd 2014


20013 Comments


english is not my first language (obviously lol), so all of this is probably my own fault but anyway:

"...and had also achieved a small following when they supported One Direction in 2012 on tour. And they're also the latest in a long list of those talented bands who could"

-those two "also" sound awkward to me, so close to each other :$

"However, thankfully the rest of the lyrical content on the album is a bit more risky (though that isn't saying much): 'Amnesia' celebrates driving under the influence because you've broken up with your girlfriend (yikes), 'Good Girls' implies that 'Good girls are just bad girls that haven't been caught yet', and '18' is an ode to preventing statutory rape, about how a guy wishes he wasn't underage so he could sleep with a much older woman. And this would probably be a good aspect of the album if it weren't so undermined by the boring and formulaic nature."

-i can't see how lyrics like that could be an improvement :// i know you said that any deviation from their 'formula' is appreciated since this is so homogeneous but still you don't explain how is any of this a plus

"In the end, this album comes off like a fast food product. It looks appealing, tastes appealing, but after you're done, you're likely to forget you even ate it- but will suffer the consequences with a mad stomach ache."

-what consequences? :// you don't explain anything besides the feeling that this is disposable

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edit: this looked hideous, it still does but not so much now.

Digging: Black Barrel - Last Frontier

Asdfp277
July 23rd 2014


20013 Comments


already pos'd, btw. oh, and isn't this the band that got some hate comments because one of the guys wore a danzig shirt or something? lol

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't say it was an improvement. I acknowledged that riskier lyrical content, while adding that my comment wasn't a grand endorsement.

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also fucked if I know, that seems all too common nowadays with people trying to get metalheads/punks to not hate them so much simply by wearing their shirt.

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Joshieboy- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAQl9cHJZbQ

Asdfp277
July 23rd 2014


20013 Comments


holy shit no i fucked up it was a misfits shirt lol, ehh lol whatever, metalheads

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Come to think of it, that Family Guy clip I just posted sums up this "Inoffensive Phenomenon of the Decade" thing perfectly

zakalwe
July 23rd 2014


27030 Comments


"There's nothing wrong with being inoffensive. There's plenty of bands nowadays who have carved out their own niche simply by playing things safe and just doing what they set out to do: by just giving the masses a CD.

5 seconds of summers debut album isn't offensively bad in any way.

She's so perfect, it's a catchy tune.

Adding more rock to the sugary pop sound."



I'm off to end it all. The youth is lost, there is no hope.

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

None of those were meant as compliments. ;)

zakalwe
July 23rd 2014


27030 Comments


Fair fucks (Takes noose from around neck)

Cimnele
July 23rd 2014


1431 Comments


i dunno

i think you reserve the right to give a One rating to something that's competently made and knows its audience if you find it patronizing and evil

Green Baron
July 23rd 2014


24460 Comments


These guys were influenced by A Day to Remember, Blink-182 and Green Day.

They come up with this?

Drummerboy123
July 23rd 2014


3092 Comments


Great, more regurgitated pop industry tripe manufactured for the masses…

Snake.
July 23rd 2014


21579 Comments


I'm off to end it all. The youth is lost, there is no hope.




/zak

Aftertheascension
July 23rd 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

their eps showed some promise but this sucks (skimmed on youtube)

TheMoonchild
July 23rd 2014


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There really is no reason to sit through this whole album if you've heard their E.P. I would say Everything I Didn't Say would be an exception, except that was on their E.P. too.

Aftertheascension
July 24th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If they took away the pretty-boy persona and got more rock-ish they'd be a lot better.

BMDrummer
July 24th 2014


14493 Comments


ugh it seems like more of these are popping up every day now



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