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Dropping all of the rambunctious energy and emo-pop trappings that found them labeled a punk boy band when they first broke through while on tour with One Direction in 2013, Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer instead embrace a slick dance-pop sound on their third album, 2018's Youngblood. It's a transition they've been hinting at ever since their 2015 sophomore album, Sounds Good Feels Good. Even with that album's Good Charlotte collaborations, there was a generalized pop vibe throughout, and one that spoke to the unsustainable and largely flimsy "pop-punk" label. In truth, 5SOS have always been a pop entity first, with the spiky hair, power chords, and Warped Tour-ready brattitudes tagged on for show. So, the transition to a streamlined, post-EDM-flavored sound isn't really a shock, even if it's a notable shift. This time out, they've conscripted uber-producers like Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub (Avicii, the Vamps, Ellie Goulding), Sir Nolan (Fifth Harmony, Pitbull, Nick Jonas), and Watt (Post Malone, Justin Bieber) to help craft their hooky brand of dance-friendly anthems. Cuts like the opening title track, "Want You Back," and "Woke Up in Japan" are swooping, studio-savvy bangers, rife with finger-snap samples, dramatic piano riffs, and plenty of room for the band's vocals to take the spotlight. Elsewhere, tracks like "Lie to Me" and "Talk Fast" draw upon the springy guitar arpeggios and ersatz reggae intimations of '80s artists like the Police and Michael Jackson. It's a useful sound for 5SOS to embrace, and helps position them nicely as a lighter version of the 1975 or Imagine Dragons. While there are plenty of hooks here, the dancey pop attitude is matched by a growing maturity with lyrics about growing weary of the party scene, the emptiness of touring, and yearning for that one perfect love. All of which seems to fit a band, almost eight years into its career, whose original fans are just as likely to be filling out college applications as heading to Coachella.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2018
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602567482222
catalogNumber: 002841702
Rank: 11078

Album Credits

Performance Credits

5 Seconds of Summer   Primary Artist
Andrew Goldstein   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark "Spike" Stent   Guitar,Vocals,Master of Ceremonies
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Richard Price   Double Bass
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Justin Tranter   Vocals,Backwards Vocals
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Emma Owens   Violin
Rami Yacoub   Vocals
Rosie Danvers   Cello
Sarah Sexton   Violin
Noah Passovoy   Drums,Electric Guitar,Piano (Grand)
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Jake Sinclair   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Vocals
Jane Oliver   Cello
Sally Jackson   Violin
Hayley Pomfrett   Violin
Albin Nedler   Vocals
Ali Tamposi   Background Vocals
Michael Clifford   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Vocals
Ashton Irwin   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Calum Hood   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Luke Hemmings   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Watt   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Meghan Cassidy   Violin
Andrew Wells   Guitar
Henry Lunetta   Keyboards
Jason Moser   Bass Guitar
Louis Bell   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Fisher   Composer
Tommy D   Producer
Andrew Goldstein   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Dialogue Mixing
Rivers Cuomo   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Steve Mac   Composer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Nick Taylor   Producer
Justin Tranter   Composer,Executive Producer
Teddy Geiger   Composer
Brent Arrowood   Engineer
Jordan Johnson   Composer
Rami Yacoub   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Chris Kahn   Drum Engineering
Noah Passovoy   Producer,Engineer,Bass Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Composer,Producer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Dan Book   Composer,Additional Production
Julia Michaels   Composer
Albin Nedler   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Stefan Johnson   Composer
Thomas Cullison   Engineer
Marcus Lomax   Composer
Ali Tamposi   Composer,Producer
Suzy Shinn   Engineer
Michael Clifford   Composer
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Nick Ruth   Composer
Nolan Lambroza   Composer
Nolan   Programming,Producer
David Rodriguez   Engineer
Monsters   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Strangerz   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ashton Irwin   Composer
Calum Hood   Composer
Luke Hemmings   Composer
Andrew Watt   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Simon Sigfridsson   Engineer
Andrew Wells   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Vladimir Sepetov   Packaging
Andrew Watman   Composer
Janelle Dolrayne   Composer
Mitchell Collins   Composer
Louis Bell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation

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