Sound — 9
Mcfly has clearly changed their style with this newest CD, "Motion In The Ocean." Not a drastic change mind you, but they've definitely added a little something to their usual formula of extreamely catchy, british boy band sound. True, these likable qualities are still present in MITO, but there is a definitely quirky, queen-like edge that has been added. In some examples it gets plain bizarre (such as in the tim burton-esque "Transylvania,") but this new style is fun and zangy nevertheless. Overall, it's like their usual beach boy/beatles style which has been glossed over with a bit of queen, which can be heard in "Little Joanna," and "Transylvania." On the other hand, the almost country sounding "Walk In The Sun" which was written by Danny Jones is slow and acoustic, and a really nice break from the pop-ish, hook filled rest of the CD.
Lyrics — 7
Mcfly has never been particuarly strong on the lyrics of their songs. While they've defnitely had some past songs with thoughtful lyrics, they don't normally stray too far from the usual, easy to sing along with lyrics. This CD is no exception. Mcfly's strong point is definitely the music as opposed to the lyrics. They seem to have extended their eccentric queen influences to their lyrics in some ways, with the lyrics in "Little Joanna" in particular which are flat out ridiculous, although quite entertaining! However the split lead singer role from Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher is great as usual, and the contrast in their voices is really nice; Tom's more sugary and soft voice playing against Danny's rough, course one. In this way, you never get bored of just one lead singer, and they compliment each other's voices wonderfuly.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall I find this punchy, guitar heavy CD really enjoyable to listen to in the car, at home, anywhere! I have enjoyed all of Mcfly's CDs, but this one is definitely the best in my opinion, and I would buy another one if my copy was lost/stolen. My favorite songs off the album would have to be "Lonely," "Little Joanna" and "Bubblewrap," which are all fun, catchy songs that extend a bit past the normal american pop songs that are usually thin and weak sounding as opposed to mcfly's which are bursting with guitar hooks and awesome melodies.