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Well done McFly- what an album!
on 7 June 2007
There aren't many boy bands that last these days. There's the occasional Westlife, but it's rare. Usually you have the A1 types who vow never to split up but do anyway, the Busteds who decide to move on to "better" things, and the Take Thats who decide to make a come-back years down the line.
Of course there is always McFly. The cheeky boy band with their scruffy clothes and ever changing haircuts. They just aren't interested in the money; they seem to live for the fans and the music.
With numerous number ones and two albums up their sleeves you might think they're about to "do a Busted" and split. However they have proved the world of music wrong with their new album `Motion in the Ocean', holding the smash hits `Star Girl', `Please Please' and their brand new single `Transylvania'.
By listening to the album it is obvious that McFly have come a long way since `Five Colours in her Hair'. Their interests and music have matured and their songs have deeper meanings. Of course there is the ever popular theme of wanting the girl and losing her to someone better, but songs such as `Home is Where the Heart Is' are a real eye opener and give an insight to how much the boys have grown up.
The opening song `We Are the Young' is a great song to introduce the album. It's upbeat rhythm and typical McFly lyrics give the song a "get stuffed" attitude and set us up for the other tracks.
The most interesting song on the album is `Transylvania', written by bassist Dougie Poynter. It talks about a love affair involving Anne Boleyn and although each line of lyrics doesn't follow on from the previous one, it tells a fantastic story. The ending is also brilliant. It layers different sections of the song over one another, climaxing with Danny's strong voice making the final statement.
In songs such as `Little Johanna' and `Bubblewrap' there is a definite Queen influence, with run-downs from the chorus back to the verse and orchestral fills.
`Friday Night', used in the movie `Night at the Museum', has a rockier feel to it than the other tracks, influenced by the boy's favourite band, Blink 182.
The only slight disappointment is `Lonely'. It bears a strong resemblance to `Obviously' from their first album and the end is very similar to `Al About You', their Comic Relief number. The chords and chord patterns are the same for the verses and intro, but the lyrics are different and there is a more mature tone to it than there is in `Obviously'.
Overall though, the album is very impressive and as good as, if not better than, both their other albums together.
This album is perfect for McFly fans as it shows off the fact that even though they have matured, they still act and look as if they have just arrived from detention! This is also a great album to introduce McFly to the CD cabinet as it is a combination of rock, pop and that attitude that is typical of McFly.
And anyone who thinks McFly are for screaming 13yr olds who are still interested in Candy-Pop have another thing coming- not only is this the perfect album to revise to but I'm 16 and I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it.