5 Seconds of Summer are taking the world by storm. Their first two singles went top three in Australia and the UK and, at the time of writing, the boys have five songs in the ARIA top 50.
This is largely thanks to their dedicated and largely teenage fan base looking for an ever so slightly rockier alternative to One Direction.
5SOS’ debut self-titled album is full of catchy uptempo rock/pop songs designed to appeal to radio and fans, but perhaps not to critics.
Four of these songs start with some sort of hook-worthy chant (“heyeyeyey” on ‘She Looks So Perfect’ being the obvious example), but it’s repeated on ‘Good Girl’, ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ and ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’. There’s not a whole lot of variety here, making it hard to differentiate between one song to another but there are some obvious highlights.
‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ has punchy verses building to an urgent pop chorus, which is then ruined by the clichéd lyrics: “Here’s to teenage memories!” We get it. You’re young and only appeal to teenagers. Try not to cringe when you have to perform this on the reunion tour in 20 years!
Additionally, there’s something a bit different about ‘Long Way Home’. Maybe it’s the bouncy piano, or that it’s more melodic, but nevertheless it’s an undeniable hit.
We also like next single ‘Amnesia’, co-written by the Madden Brothers (who are also audible on backing vocals). It’s the only song that’s noticeably different to the others as it’s more of a ballad with a ‘Hey There Delilah’ feel to it, but the chorus is throbbing with emotion.
Look, if you didn’t like ‘She Looks So Perfect’ you probably won’t like anything on here.
That being said, despite being somewhat repetitive, you can bet your bottom dollar that their fans will know every single word to every song and bonus track when they go on tour. And for a debut act, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.
Download: Don’t Stop, Long Way Home, Amnesia.