THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME: 5SOS’ sophomore album is finally here!
After the countless teasers and “it’s coming soon” tweets, we can now bless our ears with the glorious music that not only sounds good, but feels good (see what I did there?). Sounds Good, Feels Good is comprised of 17 tracks that will blow your mind. Of course you have your fun pop-rock songs, but they also include emotional ones that make you realize just how normal and vulnerable these 4 boys are. Unlike their self-named debut album, this one is said to be more personal and touches on subjects that the boys have yet to open up about. It has only been out for 2 days, yet they have already performed their new songs on Ellen, CBS Radio’s We Can Survive and a special concert for LA fans at Hot Topic #5SOSCrashHollywood. To celebrate their success, I picked my top 7 songs from the album that you HAVE to listen to! Enjoy!
2/4 may be high school drop-outs, but man do they know how to rhyme. It’s as if they opened up a dictionary and used every single word that rhymes with ‘vacation’! The song has a vibe that reminds me of Green Day back in 2004, especially when it comes to Michael’s solo and his ‘Na-na-nas’ that sound even better live (take my word for it). With Calum and Michael’s overlapping harmonies and Ashton’s stellar drumming, this catchy tune will have you dancing along to the beat until we ‘all fall down’!
Jet Black Heart
This is one of the songs that the boys take a more serious and emotional spin on. In the beginning, it sounds like Wrapped Around Your Finger, especially with Michael leading the vocals. They have really stepped up their songwriting game with lyrics such as,
“The blood in my veins is made up of mistakes. Let’s forget who we are and dive into the dark. As we burst into color returning to life.”
The overall tone is rather dark and very personal. Calum’s solo at the bridge gives me bone-chilling goosebumps very much like the ones I get when I hear Perfect by Simple Plan. All in all, this song showcases how much they have matured, both in their career and personal lives.
We get back on the fun train with this upbeat track that sounds like such an anthem. I really appreciate the little nod in the lyrics ‘throwing rocks at your broken window’. Guess things didn’t go as planned in Wrapped Around Your Finger huh boys? I personally think this song inspired the New Broken Scene’s famous logo, a safety pinned heart. The vocals, the high notes (I’m looking at you Michael) and the drum solos make this tune the tune of all tunes!
Just from the title itself, you can already get a feel of what to expect. The song is stripped down, raw and relates to quite a few of us who have grown up in a home that others wouldn’t consider to be “white picket-fence” worthy. The amount of emotion within the lyrics remind me of Blink 182’s Stay Together For the Kids, but of course done in a completely way. Unlike the other boys, Mikey and Ash’s parents aren’t together, so it made sense that they would receive the strong solos. Pro tip: you will need a tissue box or two.
What’s a 5SOS song with a few “Na-na-nas”! This track basically sums up their lives on tour and how they have come to admire each place they’ve visited so far.
“I want a little bit of California, with a little bit of London sky. I wanna take my heart to the end of the world and fly away tonight. I want a little bit of open ocean with a New York state of mind..”
Lucky for our boys, they’ll be able to go to all these places again AND MORE on their tour, Sounds Live Feels Live in 2016.
This song San Francisco is completely different from what they’ve done before, but they pull it off effortlessly! The harmonies are infallible as always (can Luke’s voice get any deeper?!), but this time they include female back-up vocals which is new. They also have new sounds such as violins and tambourines going which shows off how much they are developing as artists. The setting of the song is carefree, fun and makes you reminisce about the good ol’ times.
Outer Space/Carry On
The final track, or should I say TRACKS, on the album is Outer Space/Carry On. Yup, you heard right: 2 songs in 1! The opening is just jam-packed with overlapping vocals and a nice, soothing beat that reminds me a little of Soap by Melanie Martinez. This is the longest song of the album, rounding in at almost 7 minutes. In the end of the first song, we hear sounds of the ocean which could tie to their home, Australia. As the track ends, it weaves into another song, Carry On. Carry On is more of a motivational message from the boys –Cal, Luke, Ash and Mikey– to the 5SOS Fam telling them to stay strong. They are aware of what their music does for their dedicated fans and they use it let them know that it does get better and to keep holding on. I personally believe that’s one of the factors that make 5SOS so like-able: they genuinely care about the people who support them. Whether you’re a fan of their music or not, you have to admit these boys have big hearts.
Did your favorite 5SOS song make the list? Does the album sound good and make you feel good? Sound off in the comments below and don’t forget to get your copy of Sounds Good, Feels Good OUT NOW!