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Follow-up to their debut
Wonderland - McFly
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Wonderland - McFly
Advantages: Great album
Disadvantages: None really
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.
Summary: Great follow-up