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Re­view: 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer of­fers de­pend­able power-pop

THE hair gel di­vided by raw en­ergy that is Aus­tralian power-pop rock­ers 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer are out with their sec­ond stu­dio al­bum, “Sounds Good Feels Good.” The al­bum sounds OK and feels ex­actly like what you’d ex­pect from a band with the sole mis­sion of de­liv­er­ing palat­able rock songs to a global au­di­ence of teenage girls.

5SOS is not in a po­si­tion to gam­ble away their fame by veer­ing too far off course here. The re­sult is 17 tracks that push no mu­si­cal bound­aries and ex­plore no top­ics so sala­cious as to de­ter fans of this gen­er­a­tion’s Blink-182.

“Per­ma­nent Va­ca­tion” speaks to the un­der­achiever in us all, ask­ing us to take own­er­ship of it and treat our­selves to a grand old time out from the pres­sures of life that weigh in too heavy. It’s an ad­mirable artis­tic aim, but the track sounds like ev­ery song Green Day might have left on the cut­ting room floor be­cause it was too soft around the edges.

That’s where th­ese four Aussie heart­throbs come

in. Soft is their spe­cialty.

No fear, 5SOS will be there for you, just charm­ing enough to de­liver songs you’ll dis­avow lik­ing as soon as you hit col­lege.

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