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By Rebecca Brooks
The Aussie pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer released their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Sounds Good Feels Good” on Oct. 23.
With the promise that this album would be a lot more alternative and personal than the last and that they had something to say, I was excited to hear what the band would come up with.
Personally speaking, I am a huge fan of alternative rock music, so this announcement made me excited for the album, especially after the album’s lead single, “She’s Kinda Hot,” released.
However, I became skeptical about the album’s supposed-sound when their latest single, “Hey Everybody,” came out. It heavily samples the song “Hungry Like The Wolf” by the band Duran Duran, and has a much more pop sound than initially expected.
Despite this, I tried to keep an open mind about it. Ultimately, while I was not exactly crazy about it, I liked what I heard.
The album is a major upgrade from their first, giving the band the more tried and true pop rock/pop punk sound that they have been striving for since the beginning.
“Sounds Good Feels Good” has much more personal subject matter than that of 5SOS’ eponymous debut album, such as the song “Broken Home,” which touches on the thoughts and feelings of a child growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoy songs that touch on raw and real subjects, as it makes the music more personable and relatable to the average listener.
My favorite tracks off the album were “Airplanes” and “Outer Space/Carry On,” which particularly puts the band in a more pop-punk light, in comparison to the unintentional boy band image the world has continued to classify them under as a result of touring with the British/Irish boy band, One Direction.
Another highlight off the album would have to be “Jet Black Heart.” With its guitar driven, emotionally heavy feel, it’s almost the “Amnesia” of the “Sounds Good Feels Good” era. Just with more guitars.
Overall, the album is a solid stepping stone in the direction that the band has stated it was aiming for, with influences from bands such as Green Day and Blink-182.
It is a challenge for many songwriters to write a more emotionally deep album and to convey a message through it, and I think they did a pretty good job at rising up to it.