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Hum it you may know it
on 26 November 2012
This is the second greatest hits collection, however it is far Superior than the first. Like many I dismissed McFly as another boyband, but after taking the time to listen to albums like Radio-active, I changed my mind.
This collection is sort of end of part one, and what was interesting after reading "Unsaid things" the groups biography is the group disliked the album "above the noise" and felt it was just to pop, bearing that in mind only two tracks make it on this collection the excellent "shine a light" and "Party girl" which is disliked by the group in its form according to the biography.
McFly first came to notice with "five colours in her hair" a song I have to admit I never liked, it was not until "Obviously" that I took notice. The hits kept coming as did the number one singles and although McFly are more than singles band it is on the second disc on the deluxe version you get "No worries" a beautiful song, Lola with Busted and some great live tracks like "memory lane". Like all writes, McFly got better as they got older, lets be honest even the Beatles got better, would you say Love me do was a classic like Hey Jude, I doubt it.
The first track "love is easy" is very catchy and it's difficult to get the tune out of your head, however "do Watcha" played on the last tour is a rocker and is far more what McFly are about, the other new track is "Cherry cola" is also back to the Radio-Active style. It's a shame that many people don't see beyond "all about you" McFly are so much more, listen to Falling in Love or on the second disc, POV (point of view) they are both very mature songs and show Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones to be excellent writers. Although the media still refer to McFly as a boyband, it is a confusing term, as most people think that means the group is manufactured, have all the songs given to them and can't play any instruments,and just sing and dance. McFly do everything themselves, just like other bands who are not tarnished with that tag. They and far more like Green day than say one direction, Danny Jones is an awesome guitarist as is Tom Fletcher, although he always seems to put himself down, when he is still the backbone to the band, the vocals blend perfectly together with Dougie also supplying the occasional lead with Transylvania and the new "do watcha". The now famous rhythm section of Dougie Poynter Bass and Harry Judd drums complete a very solid unit.
I have no idea if this collection changes peoples minds, but the new material premiered on the last tour does feel like a return to form and is more "radio- active" than "above the noise", which is a good thing. There will always be doubters as they will always think of the fact the group was marketted like a boyband, however listen and you may be very surprised, no boyband ever sounded like McFly.