SOUNDS LIKE: Mid-tempo updated Backstreet Boys
Ah, the quintessential song about friendship and staying true to who you are. This is a tried and true trope for any rising boy band to tackle. It’s their “Larger Than Life” and they play it off well on another OneRepublic-ish song which almost comes off as a love letter for their fans. It’s a nice break in the non-stop romantic and sexual take down that the rest of the album presents. All that flirting and flowers must get tiring, right?
TRACK 7: “Strong”
SOUNDS LIKE: The opening of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” funnily enough
The opening chords of this one are eerily similar of the other “Strong(er),” but it eventually turns into another middle of the road jaunt. The premise: the boys ask if it’s wrong to be stronger when they’re with their girl – a real hallmark of feminism, this one. But at least they can admit that this girl is strong enough for the both of them. The drum pads are hot and harmonies tight, but lazy rhyming—”Wrong” with “strong,” really?—pulls this one down.