This is a response to your opinion on the new R5 EP.
I completely agree. To me it sounds too Disney, too much like they are trying to please everyone. It very much sounds like they are trying to get on pop radio. There are easier ways to do that than to attract new fans. I…
I agree with both of your opinions. To be honest, my first thought was that these sounded like four songs that they rejected for Austin & Ally that they just had R5 redo the instrumentation on and add their vocals to them.
They’re not bad songs, per se. But from what they had been saying, I expected music that sounded more in line with how the band sounds live, a little more rock-pop instead of the pop-rock of “Louder,” if that makes sense. And the four songs do sound random when played next to each other like this. If all four songs are on the album (which I’m guessing they will be), hopefully they sound better next to the tracks around them on the album.
I do wonder if this is truly the direction R5 wants to go or if they’re taking it because some marketing people from Hollywood Records came to them and said that if they want the radio play and the TV appearances, this is the sound to go with because this will sell to the masses right now. I just have trouble believing that this was all R5’s choice, given the bands and artists they say are their favorites.
For those enjoying the EP, I’m glad you are. And if this is the direction that R5 really want to take their sound, I truly wish them the best of luck. Unfortunately, if the second album is full of tracks like that, they won’t be getting me to buy a copy. Those tracks really just aren’t doing it for me.
So R5 wants to be viewed as an legitimate adult pop rock band yet they are releasing songs that sound like Katy Perry and Rihanna (no offense to either of them), yet they perform like how they want to be viewed
5SOS are releasing songs that are true to them and the sound they want and are only getting called “pop” because they tour/friends with One Direction. Anyone who actually listens to their music knows they are definitely not pop.
So here is the question. Should R5 start making their songs more like how they want, probably with a lot of argument coming from management, or do they stick to just performing like it?
(And now that I think of it the songs do sound very Austin and Ally. Maybe I’ll write an agree letter to Disney telling them that if the entire album is like that then I will stop watching A&A and stop listening to R5 and make sure I give it enough promotion that the older part of the R5 Family joins me)
Maybe this is the sound R5 wants. But, when these five have been citing acts like Fall Out Boy, McFly, Bruce Springsteen and classic rock acts as their main influences, along with covering pop-rock acts like The 1975 and One Republic and doing covers and their own pop-rock songs for the past five years, you’ll forgive me if I question the sudden change in their sound. I would have to imagine it was how Queen fans felt when “Another One Bites the Dust” came out and even more so when they released “Hot Space,” and album full of funk numbers with lots of synths and very little guitar after years of them being a guitar based rock band who boasted on their liner notes that there were no synths on their albums.
If this is Hollywood Records marketing getting into their heads, it’s another sad case to me of an act/artist selling themselves out for possible bigger fame. And it would be especially sad in R5’s case seeing as how they got a lot of positive buzz for “Louder.” Yeah, maybe their not playing the big arenas of the world yet. But for every act like an Oasis, that went from playing to a few hundred people at a local club to playing to 125,000 per night at Knebworth Park within two years, there are so many more that have to work hard to build themselves up over time. And personally, I’d rather play places like R5 has been playing and playing the type of music I want than playing Madison Square Garden doing music I’m not particularly connected to.
Any act on any record label should be able to create the kind of music they want. I mean, that’s what the record company heard and signed them for in the first place, right? Unfortunately, as the record companies have become arms of a large entertainment conglomerates that only care about their bottom line and not the art of making music, this is what happens. It’s the reason why I don’t think you see any recent acts that have the staying power of the acts of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. In fact, I’ve always said that if The Beatles came along in today’s recording environment, they wouldn’t have gotten past recording songs like “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Those would have been big hits and the marketing execs would have insisted they make more songs that sound just like that because that’s what’s a hit with the public. Eventually, the public would have tired of hearing the same sounding songs from them and that would have been it from The Beatles.
So, like I said, if this is truly the sound that R5 wants to take their music in, then best of luck to them. I won’t be buying it, as it’s not my kind of music; but they’re nice people and deserve the success.
But, if it’s not the kind of sound they really want for their band, then I hope they read this and really question what they’re doing with their music. After all, it’s R5’s name on the cover of that album and not Hollywood Records. And they’re the five that will have to go out and promote the album and it’s sound.
And to all of you enjoying the EP, I’m glad you are all enjoying it. But after a week of listening to it, it just hasn’t grown on me.