Louder

Louder

4.8 4
by R5
     
 
The fresh-faced kids in R5 quite obviously have their sights set on picking off some of One Direction's fan base. Any discerning 11-year-old should be able to take one listen to the group's debut and hear the similarities. The question then becomes do they have what it takes to measure up to the mighty OneD? The four Lynch siblings (including lead

Overview

The fresh-faced kids in R5 quite obviously have their sights set on picking off some of One Direction's fan base. Any discerning 11-year-old should be able to take one listen to the group's debut and hear the similarities. The question then becomes do they have what it takes to measure up to the mighty OneD? The four Lynch siblings (including lead vocalist Ross, who is best known for playing Austin on Disney's Austin & Aly, and Riker, who has a role on Glee) and the impossibly named Ellington Ratliff certainly give it their best shot and in the end, come very close. Working with producers Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein, the band's sound is very modern and reliant on all kinds of contemporary tricks, ending up being streamlined, light, and built for singing along into a hairbrush. Ross' lead vocals are sweet and unassuming, but still strong enough to put over the simple melodies. The rest of the group provides pillow-soft backing vocals; Riker's vocals are a nice contrast, and the lone female in the clan, Rydel, has a vocal feature (the cheerleader hip-hop jammer "Love Me Like That") that's a nicely sassy interlude. Like OneD, R5 keep the syrupy ballads to the bare minimum (really, only "One Last Dance" qualifies) and focus instead on lively love songs and pleading, midtempo tracks, both of which have plenty of hooks. The hit single "Loud" is probably the best song, but "Pass Me By" comes close. Either one would fit perfectly on a OneD record, and may even be a highlight. The rest of Louder works too, thanks to the innocent energy of the group, the production skills of Kiriakou and Goldstein, the songwriting of the entire team, and the overall sense that this isn't just some rip-off of OneD, but rather a semi-organic band with some real skills. If you want to risk the wrath of everyone over 14 and call OneD the modern pop Beatles, then R5 would be Hermans' Hermits. Or maybe the Monkees, considering that they're American and appear on TV. Regardless of any and all comparisons modern or ancient, R5's debut album is a strong, uncluttered and fun modern pop confection and that's all that really matters.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087280819
catalogNumber:
001760592
Rank:
26312

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R5   Primary Artist
Ross Lynch   Guitar,Vocals
Rocky Lynch   Guitar,Vocals
Riker Lynch   Bass,Vocals
Rydel Lynch   Keyboards,Vocals
Ellington Ratliff   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Goldstein   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Anabel Sinn   Art Direction
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Andre Recke   Management
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Mark Lynch   Management
Jens Koerkemeier   Composer,Engineer
Nathanael Boone   Composer
Ross Lynch   Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer,Executive Producer
R5   Composer
Rocky Lynch   Composer
Riker Lynch   Composer
Tony Oller   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Louder 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R5 is one of my favorite bands. They deliver in their studio recordings, and they're absolutely amazing performers. Not to mention they're also super dedicated to their fans. Their love of music comes through every song beautifully. I would highly recommend this album to anyone.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I love the album !