Sound — 9
In terms of sound this is a great album, which brings together not only the energy, and surprisingly good musicianship, but also clearly some of their influences, I felt there were definite elements of Bon Jovi (home is where the heart is) and Queen here. They keep their upbeat style and I feel are increasingly attracting an older audience as well as their young teenage audience. However they do remain unique I feel that there isn't really another band out there like them, they are good at their own instruments, write their own songs, yet they're enjoyed by a wide audience. This album continues the quality that they had in 'Wonderland'. Good stuff!
Lyrics — 7
This is where I feel that they, let themselves down/show their age (the oldest member of the band is 22). Lines like "I was afraid when you kissed me on your intergalactical frisbee" (Star Girl), "She will always be my sunkissed trampoline" (Little Joanna) and "Refusing orders from the queen has upset her monstrosity" (Transylvania) are a bit weak and you can see in some of the songs that they're just trying to find words that fit. However that said it's certainly not all bad, for exampe in 'We Are The Young' the lyrics do indicate a feeling of invincibility that everyone has at that age, 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' is also quite good lyrically. Otherwise the words do all fit with the music, and in Tom and Danny they have to fine singers, both who bring something different.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall I would say that this album once more progresses forward and shows that Mcfly are not a 'One Trick Pony', 'Bubblewrap' and 'Lonely' are a good contrast to the likes of 'We Are The Young' and 'Sorry's Not Good Enough'. For me the most impressive songs were 'We are the Young', 'Sorrys not Good Enough', 'Walk In The Sun' and 'Home Is Where The Heart Is'. I found 'Transylvania' a bit dissapointing and the lyrics of 'Little Joanna' bring down the quality of that song. But overall I very much enjoy this. If it were lost/stolen I would definitly buy this again.