Give The Flak Rating: 2/10, Flak
Attempting maturity whilst promoting underachieving… how about no?
A few years ago, you wouldn’t expect that the worlds biggest rock group would be a boy band from a Christian school in Australia, but that’s the reality that we are faced with. Originally uploading covers to YouTube, they went on to tour with One Direction and release a debut single (“She Looks So Perfect”) that topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, they are the band known as 5 Seconds of Summer, or 5SOS for short.
5SOS released their self-titled debut studio album last year, topping the charts in eleven countries, followed up by a live album, entitled “LIVESOS”. This past Friday, they released their second studio album, “Sounds Good Feels Good,” and I had the “pleasure” of listening to it.
They show off their musical knowledge and high ambitions on the album, with a lot of self-written music and some hard guitar playing in the pop-punk genre.
Talking about the self-written music, it’s not very good. The lyrics have the same ol’ nonsensical lines, with some okay rhyming and some bad lines for role-models, especially considering their fan base. We’ll get to that later.
It’s obvious the band is trying a bit of maturity. “Broken Home” talks about marital troubles, with the child/singer trying to understand why they are fighting, and “Jet Black Heart” is some sort of power ballad. However, there are songs such as “Hey Everybody”, which talks about living it up but not having any money whilst obviously not being or trying to be successful, or “She’s Kinda Hot” which… I don’t even know. It fails at maturity by… not being mature.
The biggest thing that disturbs me about this album however, is that certain songs such as “Permanent Vacation,” they promote being an underachiever, whilst making bold claims such as “we’re the voice of the new generation.” Firstly, if they’re the new generation, I refuse to be part of this new generation. Secondly, as role models to teen girls who can be heavily impacted by the words they hear, that’s not a good statement. Being an underachiever isn’t a good thing. Spending your entire life in an underpaying 9 to 5 job isn’t a good thing, but the album kind of weirdly promotes that. No. Just, no.
I don’t like it. The album promotes underachieving, while being an underachieving album. I wouldn’t make my worst enemy listen to it.