Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk

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Pop, Rock
Columbia Records
Boys Like Girls
Love Drunk
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Headphones and airwaves began to experience an influx - sometime between 2006 and 2007, as Boys Like Girls' eponymous mall-pop masterpiece charged the charts and became the soundtrack of many summers. The four-piece were shot to stardom, with sales amassing over 700,000 – earning a Gold classification and leaving the band on top of the world.

Three years down the winding road, Boys Like Girls are set to return, sporting their highly anticipated second serving; the rather dauntingly titled Love Drunk. The cover art – a plush rose-red heart (which bleeds tears apparently), placed intrusively on a warm, bright background - is a fitting embodiment of the music; distressingly clichéd, not particularly creative and excessively polished.

Sadly, Boys Like Girls seem to be keeping up with the times. The opener – “Heart Heart Heartbreak”, resembles a Metro Station creation – speedy, synthetic melodies tinged with feeble electronica throughout, not to mention the lyrics. As a whole, Love Drunk’s main downfalls are the above; the immature and frankly terrible lyrics, and the overproduction.

The key to Boys Like Girls’ success has been their singles – and this success is sure to continue, owing to the title track; an insanely addictive song, which contains traces of intelligence and cheesiness (at the same time), and “She’s Got A Boyfriend”; a fun sing-along, albeit one with terrible lyrics.

Attempts to write a whole album of hook-driven singles are greatly unsuccessful. “Contagious” comes across as one of the better attempts - the overwhelming catchiness makes up for the hook; ‘I’m feeling sick girl, you’re so contagious’, although other songs such as “Chemicals Collide” are miserable failures. The most likely source of single is in the form of “Two Is Better Than One”, an unexciting radio-ballad - although its association with country pop star Taylor Swift will ensure a hit.

Possessing a distinct Bon Jovi vibe are the electrifying “The Shot Heard Round The World”, and adolescent love story “The Real Thing”. Why Boys Like Girls are trying to replicate an 80’s sound is beyond me, and rather blasphemous – however, credit must be given where due, as, after the initial surprise, the songs stand out as Love Drunk’s the most memorable.

Love Drunk is a hungover attempt at a sophomore success. The shrewd one-liners and easygoing teen-tailored sing-alongs exhibited on their debut are still present, yet inferior in most senses. The production is terr terr terribly overdone, and the lyrics are lousy and devoid of any creativity. Reading between the lines, there’s probably a ‘contagious’ pop album somewhere underneath. I can’t feel it.

1. Heart Heart Heartbreak
2. Love Drunk
3. She’s Got a Boyfriend Now
4. Two is Better Than One
5. Contagious
6. Real Thing
7. Someone Like You
8. The Shot Heard Round The World
9. The First One
10. Chemicals Collide
11. Go

Boys Like Girls is a pop punk band originally from Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Martin Johnson (lead singer, rhythm guitar), Paul Digiovanni (lead guitarist), Bryan Donahue (bassist), and John Keefe (drummer). The debuted with their self-titled album, Boys Like Girls (2006), and followed up with their hit album Love Drunk. (2009) ... read more

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