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A year after their debut album 'Room On The 3rd Floor' topped the charts and had four top 10 singles (two of which were number 1) McFly returned in 2005 with their follow-up album titled 'Wonderland'.
Things got off to a great start with this album after McFly were invited to write and release the official Comic Relief single for that year. 'All About You' obviously shot straight to number 1 and became one of their biggest selling singles.
'I'll Be Okay' was the lead single from the album and shows how much mature McFly have become in just a short space of a few months. It's a lot more of a mature sounding song compared to anything on the previous album. This is a great song to launch the album although the band have recently said that they don't think it was a wise idea to release this song first. I disagree. It's a perfect pop song (5/5)
'I've Got You' - The fans ranted and raved about this song during the album release although for me i've never got the appeal of it. Sure, it's a nice enough pop song but it lacks the catchiness of the first song. I defintily think multiple listens of this song are needed before you can let it click with you. Maybe that's just me though. For me, it's a nice album track (3/5).
'Ultraviolet' - "These summer girls are really something else...." - Yep, a nice upbeat feel good song about lust and love. This was released as a single but during a very busy Xmas period. This song is the starting point to where they started getting 'lower' chart placings. It's a great song nontheless and probably just got lost in the busy Xmas singles market (5/5).
'The Ballad Of Paul K' - Dougie Poynter claimed this song was named after a weird guy who went to his school. It's not as upbeat as it's fellow a-side track Ultraviolet, obviousy to show two different sides of the album. It had a cool video though but it's a song that I don't really listen to much at all now (3/5).
'I Wanna Hold You' - The band recently said that they should have released this as the lead single from the album. It did become the third single though. It's one of the standout tracks on the album. Very pop, very current for 2005. (5/5).
'Too Close For Comfort' - What I love about McFly is although they can be fun and release some incrediably upbeat and catchy tracks, every now and then there is a serious side to them and this is one of those tracks that really stop and make you think how creative these guys are. It is a fan favourite and surprisingly not a single, which is a shame as I think it could have done really well for them (4/5).
'All About You' - The Comic Release single, you've all heard it. It's catchy, it's mature. It's great (5/5)
'She Falls Asleep' - This song has a wonderful instrumental intro that lasts almost two minutes long before going into a lovely Disney-esque ballad. It's a real highlight again (4/5).
'Don't Know Why' - We're almost at the end of the album and it's nice that there haven't been any fillers so far. This song however could be bordering on filler material. It's a nice song but compared to the superior quality of the previous songs this song becomes a bit forgetful (3/5).
'Nothing' - A song that would fit well onto the debut album. Has the same poppy feel that the debut album had. Probably my least favourite song on the album (3/5).
'Memory Lane' - Great closing track. Memory Lane brings great closure to the album and end the chapter on this period brilliantly (4/5).
Such a solid improvement on their debut. Not only improvement but also natural progression. I think this album established this band as serious songwriters.
MCFLY - WONDERLAND
This was the one I'd been waiting for all summer. What can I say?
Well Wonderland is the lads highly anticipated second album. I don't know why it's called Wonderland and the album covers are very weird with freaky animals and stuff but the inset covers are very nice with individual pictures of each of the four members.
First song on the 'Wonderland' play list is their second hit single ' I'll be ok'. This got to number 1 for one week beaten by Oasis. Its very rocky/poppy cheer you up music that I love. The thing about Mcfly that is so great is their lyrics and for I'll be ok is no exception. The chorus ' When you down and lost along the way, just tell yourself I'll be ok' How cheer you up is that?
Next song is 'I've got you' which is one of my favourites. The chorus makes you want to turn your cd player up to the max. Sounds like Mcfly but far rockier. I like!!
Ultraviolet is up next. Originally called Wonderland/Summer girls this ditty of pop genius was written while the boys were in New Orleans filming Just my luck with Lindsey Lohan. There is a sitar playing at the start of the track by Dougie, the 'talkative' bass player. Again the chorus is quite poppy but the rest of the track sounds quite like Oasis. This is where I've realised Mcfly have gone down the Indie road. Which isn't bad at all.
The Ballad of Paul K. mmn, weird lyrics but so weird you'll be singing along. Dougie had said this song was written about a guy he went to school with who thought he was a dinosaur. Enough said! He was making that up. It's actually about their dad's going through a midlife crisis. The lyrics are quite sad, but this songs a sing along tune.
My top favourite ever on this album is the excellent 'I wanna hold you' It's classic Mcfly, with a wicked guitar solo from Danny in the middle. . This was released on 17th October and reached number 3!
Next is the beautiful 'Too close for comfort'. It really is a great song. Very sad, pulls at your heartstrings!!
All about you is next. This song is their first number 1 from back in March. It was a charity single for Comic Relief. It's a beautiful song and very catchy. The video is hilarious too!
She falls asleep part1 is great, its an instrumental, with Tom on piano and a 50 piece orchestra.
She falls asleep part is ok. It's very theatrical though and sounds like it's for a movie soundtrack. It reminded me of the movie ET. There is no guitars or drums and its just not Mcfly. Yes the lyrics are good, Tom, Dougie and Harry wrote it but it's about a girl that commits suicide and that's something I don't want to hear. It is very sad and I have to admit it made me cry. Very sad and shows us how talented Tom Fletcher really is.
Don't know why was written by Danny and his sister Vicky. It's a good track. They had a bad family experience and wrote about it and here is the end result. I think it's a back round song though and not a standout track. It has very heartfelt lyrics. It's a grower, but it's wicked live!!
Nothing is a song that was written by the boys, who were influenced by the Who. You can clearly hear this in the song. It sounds like 'Substitute'. They had total writer's block on this song. It was also thought up in New Orleans in a Jacuzzi of all places. The chorus that was in the original 'Nothing' is now in 'Ultraviolet' It is a song along track, but again doesn't stand out.
Memory Lane was written by Tom and James Bourne (ex Busted) and was written for the first album but they weren't happy with it and they had another go at it for this album. It's a great way to end the album. It has a fantastic orchestra in it. This is a good catchy song.
I enjoyed this album. It was hard for them to top their first ' Room on the floor' as I thought that album was excellent. The boys have grown up and they've brought their music with them. There is some classic Mcfly tunes in here and some very different tunes to. The lads are at the top of their game and have the well-earned title of the nations favourite pop rock band. Long may it continue.
Mcfly are one of those bands that i just cant warm to at all. They're cocky, arrogant, not normal and wierd quite frankly but to their credit they write most of their music themselves and have come up with some decent radio hits and songs.
This is an interesting album and i think any six year old would jump in the air to have this with them but i am more criticial LOL!
There are some very good songs on this album, and some others that arent as good obviously.
I'll Be OK has a good chorus and did quite well for them. It is a bit moany if you know what i mean and drags on and gets repetitive but asides from that it's OK. I didnt like that She Falls Asleep had 2 parts, 1 part was enough and the first was good to be fair. I've Got You was a great song and i did get the eccentric style and some genius lyrics in The Ballad Of Paul K, i have to admit. Thought Too Close For Comfort was album filler and not very good. Memory Lane is good way to end the album. I didnt like Nothing or Don't Know Why - thought they wern't catchy enough.
All in this is a good album aimed at children and teenagers basically. I don't like them as people or as a band but i accept and say that songs like All About You are very good and to their credit they write their own stuff and play it. Their videos are constantly entertaining, and the artwork on this album deserves some praise. They are some very good songs on this album like I'll Be OK and All About You although there are some that arent like Dont KNow Why and Nothing. It's a good album and it is more mature then their debut and their writing, instrument playing skills as well as vocals have all improved.
One of my most enjoyed male vocal groups. McFly have always been about having fun and this comes across superbly in their upbeat music. This album saw them exploring a rockier sound, but it manages to retain that pop vibe which made them famous initially.
Who are they:
Tom, Harry, Danny and Dougie. Tom tends to write most of the tracks and share lead vocals with Danny.
On this album:
'Ill Be Ok' kicks things off with a bang. The track is upbeat and energetic and the guys seem to be in their element here. It stirs memories of The Beatles and the guitar work takes a rockier turn than what we are used to with McFly. I really enjoyed the understated subdued nature of 'Ultraviolet' which puts them on a mature level and shows Tom is capable of carving adult pop songs.
Head for the great 'Ballad Of Paul K' which is quite depressing and has a sorrowful feel about it. It is a lot more melanchonic than their usual stuff and will get you thinking. The obvious highlight on the album is the Comic Relief single 'It's All About You' which has some wonderful harmonies and a chorus which seems to have been plucked straight from the sixties.
Showcasing a more mature sound, the tunes are still there and the vocals are getting grittier, especially from Danny. Not necessarily their best album, but a worthy step in a positive direction
This is a brilliant album by McFly with some brilliant songs on it personally the best song on the album is 'she falls asleep part 2' I listen to this album a lot. Most of the songs are on my mp4 and my phone.
Don't know why: I love this song. I have listened to it about 150 times im obsessed with it.
Ill be ok: this is another song that I love but not as much as don't know why, just love it.
Ive got you: this is an amazing song my mate played it when I was at hers because she got the cd before me and I just found myself sat there tapping my foot nodding along to the beat.: Memory lane: this is an ok song don't listen to it that often but I still do occasionally.
Nothing: I found that this song cheers me up whenever I listen to it. I don't really know why though but all McFly fans should like this song it's just perfect.
She falls asleep part 1: this is just an instrumental but its is amazing im in the middle of learning the piano just so I can achieve my goal... to play this song on it.
She falls asleep part 2: the same tune as part 1 only this time it has lyrics. Tom actually wrote this song for his friend she broke up with her boyfriend and she loved him and wanted him back but he wouldn't so she decided to kill herself but he stopped her before she got a chance as he still loved her. Listen to this song its brilliant!
The ballad of Paul k: this is a good song I can listen to this when im in a "whatever" mood and just don't care about anything.
To close for comfort: I love this song! It's a nice song to listen to when you're bored or again feeling down.
Ultraviolet: this song is brilliant I love it me and my mate know it word for word we sing it all the time even when we're not playing the music!
I think Mcfly are the type of band that can make you happy whenever you should listen to it deffinatley!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I'll Be OK
2 I've Got You
4 The Ballad Of Paul K
5 I Wanna Hold You
6 Too Close For Comfort
7 All About You
8 She Falls Asleep - Part 1
9 She Falls Asleep - Part 2
10 Don't Know Why
12 Memory Lane