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A fantastic showcase of incredible talent,
This review is from: Motion in the Ocean (Bonus Track) (Audio CD)
McFly's third album seems to mark a change in musical direction for the band. While they revisit their original pop roots familiar of their first album which catapulted them to fame, the lyrics seem more mature but as usual are cleverly written. From the catchy, high-tempo, powerful tracks such as 'Please please', 'Friday night' and the Queen inspired 'Sorry's not good enough' to the much softer acoustic sound of 'Walk In The Sun' this album certainly offers a good mix of sounds. The songs (written by the band) are clearly influenced by artists such as Queen and The Who and feature cleverly layered guitars and the recognisable harmonies of vocalists Danny and Tom. The opening track 'We are the young' provides a powerful introduction to Motion in the ocean with powerful guitar and drum riffs and solos - perfect rock-pop. The album features the number 1 hit 'star girl' along with Dougies' 'silence is a scary sound'. The band previously performed this track on their tour with much success and the live version is the hidden track on the album. Showcasing the bassists' song-writing talents, the song is undeniably catchy and seems inspired by bands such as Blink 182. Although unlikely single releases, tracks such as 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' and 'Lonely' add to the overall feeling of the album. Along with 'Silence is a scary sound, Dougie wrote the more unusual Halloween style 'Transylvania'. The slightly sinister opening about Anne Boleyn (leaves a note and starts to choke / can feel the lump that's in her throat / it's raining and she leaves her coat in silence) develops into comedic, catchy lyrics and clever layered guitars. 'Bubblwrap' draws the listener as the emotional opening with lyrics sung by Tom accompanied by piano turns to clever guitar cord progressions and fighting lyrics (don't get all emotional baby / you could never talk to me / you're unable to communicate). `Little Joanna' (almost certainly another queen inspired track) expresses their love of Joanna (I could die lying in her arms / where castles are made of sand...she will always be my sun kissed trampoline / she goes up and down in my heart / turned into jelly beans). This song is almost an anthem of teenage love and is a delight, pure pop and sure to be a hit. The energetic cover of Queen's 'Don't stop me know' is bound to make you want to dance, with fantastic drum and guitar riffs you just can't help but nod along. All in all a fantastic album that is well worth a listen, it's one that is likely to be stuck on repeat for a good while. Motion in the ocean showcases the four-piece bands incredible talents and is an amazing edition to their recent UK tour of the same name. This album is sure to be a hit. Keep up the good work guys.