Projecting themselves as a harder-edged, occasionally rapping British Backstreet Boys, 5ive know how to spew out an album-full of accessible tunes. The quintet has cocky humor down pat, starting with the CD booklet suggestion "Everyone who doesn't want to admit they like what they hear, we'd prefer you used the CD as a coaster." No need to worry -- the album is dizzying, fun, danceable, and all-around glowing. Listening to Invincible is like listening to a fledgling high school talent show group. The members have ambition and a youthful vibe that draws in listeners instantly; no older, matured singers are going to come up with this kind of music -- this is their time. What this also means is that to enjoy the songs one has to forgive their sophomoric lyrics ("you got me trippin because I want you bad"). Considering their target audience, their sexual prowlings are more difficult to forgive. On "If Ya Gettin' Down" they throw together the message that the group is back with a new album with the lyric "I heard somebody say she's at the party so I'm gonna get me some." It is hard to catch the messages in most of the songs because the rhythms over-compensate particularly for their individual voices (future solo albums seem unlikely). What is evident, and what mostly separates them from competing boy-bands, is that their focus is not on love songs. The one that best qualifies as a love song is the tender "You Make Me a Better Man." On its own, the song is sensitive and believable, but no intelligent teenage girl is going to believe them for a minute when the rest of the album is seeping with hormone-driven girl catching and shallow guy-talk. An exception is "Mr. Z," a song about a man who places caps on his cat's head. This truly witty tune is probably the funniest yet to show up on a boy-band album. Positivity reigns supreme on tracks like "Keep on Movin" and "How Do Ya Feel," which are melodic enough to qualify a diabetes warning on the album's cover. There are a couple of gnawing tracks -- "Serious" and a spiced up version of "We Will Rock You" -- but after finishing the album with the futuristically motivated "Battlestar" there is little doubt that these guys have what it takes to zap the musically worn. "Battlestar" has a sound and production that would have made a good idea for an entire album, one that could have made much better use of the title, ahem, "Millenium."
Performance Credits5ive Primary Artist
Technical Credits5ive Liner Notes
Richard Breen Composer
J Liner Notes
Ritchie Liner Notes
Paul West Direction
J. Brown Composer
Scott Robinson Composer
Per Magnusson Composer
Julian Gallagher Composer
Andreas Carlsson Composer
Sean Conlon Composer
ABS Liner Notes
Rich Neville Composer
Simon Cowell Producer
Paula Benson Direction
Richard "Biff" Stannard Composer
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Invincible based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I love 5ive. I love Scott Robinson. I have both CDs released in America. I absolutely love both albums. My favorite song from the first CD is 'Its the Things You Do' and my favorite song from the second CD is 'Don't Fight It Baby'. I think they did a really good job on writing the songs theirselves and the way they sing the songs is heavenly. They have the best voices ever. I love 5ive and I hope they keep on bringin' the music to us. They are the greatest.
This was a wonderful album. It is their best EVER. They are a great group and have an amazing talent.
FIve'S popularity is skyrocketing..woohoo!!! I love all their songs, if you like the Backstreet boys album, then you will love this cd, or/ and you like the combination of rock and rap to hip hop songs YOU will definitely love this group. To add to that, they also have very strong, touching and moving harmonic voices that will really make you think and reflect IT to your own life...all you need to do is buy the DANNNNNG cd, believe it or not, you won't regret it. Anywayz, my favorite number is ''MAKE ME A BETTER MAN'' wheeew this song reminds me of my girl......how she treats me and stuff, I wonder why they did not allow this song to be a sample, they must be really messed up...
OMG! 5ive is the best band since the beginning of the world. dont fight it baby is one of the best songs on the cd. If ya gettin down is a good song too, but u can get sick of it easy. 2 sides 2 every story is a great song, one of the best. Keep on Movin is another good song. Don't Wanna Let you Go is another good. It's Alright is a GREAT song i luv it! Everyday is a good song mixing rap and slow loves songs. We Will Rock You, everyone knows this song. They redid the Queen hit, and made it even better.You Make me Wanna be a Better Man is a good song. And the Title track Invincible, i luv it, it's a good song to dance with someone and a great some to dedicate to your loved one, i luv it. It sends chills down my spine. Serious, has kind of an 80's sound to it but it is very cute. How do ya Feel, good song. So my idea is that you should by their new Cd because it is better than their last CD FIVE, and they have matured and i luv em!
5ive's album is positive. With 'positive minds and positive minds,' they create 'positive lives.' One of the positive lives is mine. 'How Do Ya Feel' is track that radiates the term positivity. My fave track is 'Keep On Movin'.' It's become the anthem of my life. Everyone should have an anthem. This song makes me remember why I see, wake up to a tomorrow each day. I have been through so much hardship and still do.It's not easy bein'a teen.No one wants to be abstinent and no one wants to be innocent anymore in my generation. I Keep on Movin'anyway. This is a great track for confused and lonely teens. If you need a reason to Keep On Movin' buy the CD. Meanwhile, the CD still pumps out the Funk, and edgy Flavor that is characteristic of 5ive like 'If Ya Getting Down.' For me, 5ive 'wakes me up until the mornin' light' and 'shakes me up before I sleep at night.'