By Emery Columna –
This album bursts forth with joyous songs that celebrate youth and a future so bright, they need sunglasses!
Some of the songs made me Smile and laugh while I listened to this album. I Like music that makes me happy in my headphones.
I hear INXS! Check out Dark Side now! The vibe of this song and the bridge is straight out of the INXS playbook and I DIG that about R5! Dark Side is the Key that will unlock the door that holds R5 prisoner in Boy Band Hell. Dark Side is a clue to where R5 can go musically to break the evil spell some [critics] have unfairly cast upon this groovy band.
Emery’s Picks: DARK SIDE, Smile, Feel good, Do It Again
By Warren Buchholz –
R5 is a peculiar duck. They’ve been shoved into this boy band pop hole, yet their music has a distinct taste of 2010s alternative pop-rock with their songs like “I Know You Got Away”, “Dark Side”, and “Did You Have Your Fun?”; which make them reminiscent of current bands like Passion Pit, 5 Seconds to Summer, Two Door Cinema Club, and Maroon 5. This is not a bad thing at all.
They’re on the right track for their second album. They’ve got the hits, and they’ve got the flair for bouncy songs. If they continue to stay true to themselves and to their music, and they keep churning out songs like “Dark Side” and “Lightning Strikes”, then they will break free from the teeny-bopper boy band persona, and R5 will be better for it. They will be musically free to continue down the path of alternative pop rock where they are headed for an illustrious musical career.
This is a great second album, and I can’t wait to see what they do live.
Warren’s Picks: I Know You Got Away, Dark Side, Did You Have Your Fun?, Lightning Strikes, Smile