[Review] Promising debut - for a boyband

[Review] Promising debut - for a boyband

The self-titled debut album from 5 Seconds of Summer delivers head-numbing pop anthems that fall just short of creating a sugar buzz. Starting out as Youtube sensations, they covered international hits such as Teenage Dirtbag and Year 3000, each cover garnering well over a million views.

With such young members, tracks like She Looks So Perfect and Kiss Me Kiss Me sound awkward as they sing about tattoos, and "teenage memories"; more realistic is 18, in which they lament being so young their "mum still drives [them] to school". That said, their candy-coated vocals and infectious hooks are addictive and catchy.

Amnesia is an angst-filled ballad full of fluffy lyrics and clichés about failed relationships.

In Heartbreak Girl and English Love Affair, the band turn towards punkier, more ska-inspired notes, in the style of Blink-182.

The guys could chart a course to boy band legend with this release, but if they are, as they claim, a rock band, they'd better work on putting more substance into the tracks on their next album.

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Promising debut - for a boyband


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