It sounds fairly tween-by-numbers judging by the previews. Some tracks, such as ‘Same Mistakes’, could quite easily have been recorded by The Wanted, whereas some fulfil a much more straight-down-the-line pop sound. You can really hear the overused producers (Red One, for instance) churning out more of their standard choruses and unsurprisingly the boys’ voices seem to have been compressed to the max.
That said, a couple – such as ‘More Than This’ and ‘Taken’ – hint that maybe they are capable of pulling off an emotionally resonant (kinda) performance.
In short, it sounds like the exact album fans are expecting. No bad thing for them, not particularly game-changing news for everyone else.
The singles ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘Gotta Be You’ will also be bundled in, the latter of which would actually be really good were it not for the diabolical verse lyrics. ‘Anointed’, anyone?