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4.0 out of 5 stars
Take Me Home, Track by Track, 15 Nov 2012
I'm surprised by the reviewers who think Up All Night is the stronger album. Take Me Home is better overall, even if it lacks a monster-smash like "What Makes You Beautiful". Let's look at each track:
1. Live While We're Young -- An attempt to relive the spotlight of "What Makes You Beautiful" and missing by a mile, yet still a powerful opener. The continual bursts and claps somehow manage to sound abrasive and smooth at once. 9/10.
2. Kiss You -- Like an over-used sex toy, this one makes you feel soiled in a purely delicious way. The fastest, catchiest -- and easily the most sly -- song of the album. 10/10.
3. Little Things -- Riding slow acoustics, this one showcases the solo talents of each band member with what can pass for class. 8/10.
4. C'mon C'mon -- Too electro for its own good, and lyrically banal. It's okay, but so "just there" you'd hardly miss it if it vanished. 6/10.
5. Last First Kiss -- This midtempo is a sure guilty pleasure, pouring out heaps of what can only be described as wish-fulfillment fantasies lending to self-abuse. 9/10.
6. Heart Attack -- With lyrics like "I can't stand dumb love songs", the band members prove they can laugh at themselves, and get high marks for that alone. Add to that a compulsively raging chorus, and you have a recipe for frequent replay. 9/10.
7. Rock Me -- No thanks, keep the steak out of my salad. These lads ain't queens. 4/10.
8. Change My Mind -- I'm not impressed by complaints about the schmaltz. This track is painfully beautiful, and the album's masterpiece. 10/10.
9. I Would -- Laced with callow humor and paced which frenetic rhythms, this one is surprisingly addictive and gives you license to romp over the playground of life without apology. 9/10.
10. Over Again -- Gliding harmonies roll over and through each other in a fine-tuned ballad. 8/10.
11. Back For You -- This may be the album's filler song, but it fills and feels fine. 7/10.
12. They Don't Know About Us -- ...and may not ever want to after hearing this uninspired defense of the band members' inter-relationships. These guys do better laughing at themselves in purpose-driven uptempos (see tracks #6 and #9) than droning on in mutual commiseration. 5/10.
13. Summer Love -- A grating chorus brings down an otherwise impressive stab at a ballad with talented guitar work. 7/10.
Overall rating = 7.8 ~ 8 = 4-star album.