Review: Jack Foley
POP ambassadors, McFly, bid to expand their sound with new album,
Wonderland, but end up resorting to formula for a long-player
that feels too groomed for success for its own good.
Kicking off with the recent single, I'll Be OK, the
album begins brightly enough, clearly drawing on influences including
The Beatles, The Who and 10CC, but it tails off into painful ballad
territory, adding strings here, there and everywhere in a desperate
bid to remain faithful to its young listener base.
Were it to have been a little more consistently ambitious, Wonderland
might have fared better - as it stands, it's pop pap with only
the odd moment to redeem it.
I'll Be OK, for instance, is a breezy, if lightweight,
guitar-based effort that's sure to become an anthem. It's bright
enough to flourish in the overcrowded summer market and contains
some pretty decent guitar riffs - but it marks something of a
Likewise, I've Got You, which opens with a guitar riff
that's been virtually lifted from The Who's Pinball Wizard,
before drifting into a bland verse and an OK chorus.
Ultraviolet attempts to bring in some eastern flavour,
yet seems to back out in favour of another teen-friendly melody.
While there's some nice acoustic guitar on The Ballad of
Paul K - but the song is again let down by the hopelessly
These guys are simply too clean cut to be taken seriously and
it begins to grate the longer the album continues.
By the time you reach the sickly sweet All About You,
with its Disney-soundtrack inspired opening strings section, it's
downhill all the way.
Along the way, there's the piano-tinged ballad, She Falls
Asleep (Parts 1 and 2), which is a great cure for insomniacs,
and the dreary Don't Know Why, before closing out with
the hopelessly bland album closer, Memory Lane.
In terms of musical progression, McFly's second album is clearly
striving for adulthood - but it remains rooted in puberty.
You should therefore approach advisedly.
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