Sound — 8
Motion in the Ocean sounds great. Any age can like it. You just wanna jump around the house listening to it, it gives you the feeling that no one can ever stop you and it can cheer you up so much. Worth of a listen. The instruments work very well together in this album, specially piano and guitar. There is a really cool drum and bass work on Star Girl and Please, Please. And, it is the most creative McFly album ever, just check out Star Girl. Who would ever think about writing about a boy who falls in love with an alien girl? And the lyrics and melody fit so well with it. They even wrote about the story of Anne Boleyn on Transylvania (though I can't understand why people ADORE that song so much. it's great, but not at that point! ) and still could make it fun even being kind of dark and Tim Burton-ish. There are polemic songs, cute songs, slow songs, sad songs, there's a lot of variations. I do love it, but I still prefer Wonderland, that was their best time. This one's a very cool album and you can't resist to sing with it, but it's not that good, you just have to admit. What I like about it is just the creativity used in it.
Lyrics — 7
Most of the lyrics didn't impress me much. They aren't as good as they were on Wonderland, but they are for sure a 100 times better than Room on the 3rd Floor. They are childish on some songs as Little Joanna. Before I heard that song a long time ago, I saw the lyrics first and I have to tell you I laught. A few lyrics caught my attention, they were: We are the Young: The intro song of the album, shows the feeling that no one can stop you which you feel when you are young very clearly. You can identify yourself a lot, even if you are older. "Running the world / it's the time of our lives / baby we will never die / 'cause we're the young, we're alright." Bubblewrap: "Turn on the radio honey, 'cause every single sad song you'll be able to relate / This one I dedicate / Woah, don't get all emotional baby / You could never talk to me, you're unnable to communicate" "This is the last time / I give up this heart of mine / I'm telling you that I'm a broken man who's finnaly realised / You're standing in moonlight, but you're black on the inside / Who do you think you are to cry? / This is goodbye". Need I say more? Kicks ass. Home is Where the Heart is: I'd say it's the best song of the CD. Not my favorite, but I like it and I have to say everything on it is awesome. That hymn-type chorus "Home is where the heart is / it's where we started / where we belong" is so beautiful and catchy. "Calling out to your children's children / Let there be love and let them scream it loud / Before we bite the dust". Singer skills? Danny and Tom are one of the best singers I've ever heard. Really, specially Danny, his voice gives me the chills, it's beautiful naturally. Tom has more technique than Danny and has a softer voice. Dougie has a very cute voice, but he is not very skilled. They work very well together.
Overall Impression — 9
You can't compare McFly to any other bands, they're very unique. But you can see kind of a Queen and Green Day influence on this one. Some songs I'd recommend you to listen are Home is Where the Heart is, Star Girl, Bubblewrap, Transylvania, Friday Night and Please, Please. Not mentioning my favorites (some of them are), but these are the best ones, I guess. I love the spirit of fun it has in the album, the only thing I don't like about it is that I think they were leading to the right direction on Wonderland and they changed a lot for this one. But it was a good change, I love it. McFly's been my life obsession for almost two years, so I'm odd to say this, but this is one of the best bands you'll ever hear about.