Why it rocks: Listen. Boy bands are not an inherently bad thing. Wait- just hear me out. I’m well aware that there is a lot of bad music out there because of the boy band craze of the late ’90s (which of course can be traced back to the ’80s, but I’m not sure the current boy bands have even heard of Wham! or New Kids on the Block). But there’s also a lot of bad music out there because of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Good music inspires bad copycats. 5 Seconds of Summer– or “She Looks So Perfect”, at the very least- is not a bad copycat. From the moment the bubble-gum guitar riff kicks in, you’re sold. Then he compares his girl’s lipstick stain to the likes of Monet or Michelangelo, and you know there’s no going back. Your favorite song is now a song by a boy band.
Listen if you like…: One Direction‘s Midnight Memories or “That’s What Makes You Beautiful”. You know, the kind of music that everyone assumes is annoying before they’ve listened to it 15 times on repeat.
How’s the album?: Well…that’s where my whole “not a bad copycat” theory falls apart. There’s not really another winner on the She Looks So Perfect EP. But 1 for 4 ain’t bad, right?