Sound — 9
The album sounds pretty good. Actual Pop rock with a touch of 50's and 60's music, it's a nice mix up! Also great use of solos, riffs and other guitar techniques in the melody, they were very creative for that. But it is kind of ruined by the content of the CD, it is too teenage-ish, as said a lot of times here. Like, eleven songs of the album talk about losing/not having a girl. Literally. There's just a few mature songs and the boys could've changed the subject a little bit. Some songs are very cheesy and catchy, so if you're a "boyband"-hater-hard-rocker I bet you won't like this CD. But hey, you can forgive that, that was what they were feeling as they were young at the time.
Lyrics — 6
Lyrics aren't good, to be honest. But that's forgivable, as it was their first album and they didn't have much experience on writing. They're fun but there's actually no content on them except for Not Alone, the best song, and Room on the Third Floor, which are quite mature. It doesn't impress you much, but yes, the lyrics do fit with the songs. Singer skills are impressive. Danny and Tom sing really really well. Almost no studio engineering, you should see them singing live, the skill sounds the same. Sometimes you hear Dougie on the background, and he has a cute voice but far from being good as Tom and Danny. The boys sound awesome together. Thumbs up for this part!
Overall Impression — 8
Hm, it reminds me a lot the Beach Boys. Anyways, this album is basically about beach, surf, summer, girls, anything teens would like. I'd recommend you to listen to 5 Colours in Her Hair, Room on the 3rd Floor, That Girl, Not Alone, and Broccoli. These are the coolest songs of the album and I think they're the ones people of all genders and ages can like most. What I like about it: the melody of the songs. As said, very creative, I'd like to just take off the lyrics and just listen to it. What I hate: the lyrics! That's very crappy! At least they improved 200% on Wonderland, thanks God. I'd buy it again if it was stolen, for sure. It's not big deal but worth listening.