5 Seconds of Summer - CALM
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #216 / 268
User Score
Based on 225 ratings
2020 Ratings: #438
Liked by 12 people
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
Pop Rock, Electropop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

It’s a perfect pop record, from start to finish – there’s not a single filler track, each is distinctive and shows off the band’s impressive range.


Despite that niggling urge to skip the odd mediocre track, the desire to play beauties like ‘High’ on loop wins in the end and CALM stands on a pedestal of near-perfection pop.

There’s no doubt 5 Seconds Of Summer have matured beyond their sound. 'CALM' is a refreshing evolution from the days of their self-titled debut. Their latest effort is by no means perfect, but the album is a testament to their growth.

Calm is the sound of a band whose influences have continued to evolve right along with them and their fans.

No Ripcord

CALM is occasionally inspired, sometimes incredibly stupid, and most of all: surprisingly fine.

The Young Folks

CALM ... suffers from underdeveloped themes and riveting originality. Ironically, there’s no tranquility or pulsation-just blandness.


It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this record. It just seems mindless at points, even though there are some pretty good songs here and there. Otherwise, it’s bland pop rock with a hint of radio horniness.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: Teeth, High, No Shame, Easier, Red Desert
LEAST FAV: Not In the Same Way, Old Me, Wildflower, Thin White Lines, Best Years, Lover of Mine
this album was so boring to listen to i forgot everything. So I'm going to write my review while listening to the album hopefully i don't go to sle
The way these kids make a song is one of the things that impresses me by being so strong and their sentimental songs with the biggest broadcast I've seen since One Direction. The album gives us a coerencia, strong vocals, a good production and a harmony that makes it look great, in some moments we have a break from track to track but nothing that can be considered as incoerencia, but that can improve! His body of work is good to hear, full of romance and completely sincere with pop-rock.
The album starts with a real toe-tapper in "Red Desert", a song really kickstarts the album in an upbeat and funky way. It definitely seems to move away from the vibes on their album before, "Youngblood". The second song, "No Shame", was the second single released in support of the album. The chorus is very catchy and it's got a groovy, yet faint, guitar riff. This is a song that is a highlight on the album. Another single, "Old Me", is the third track. ... read more
Forgettable in every way. 5SOS are still pretty huge they have a cult following of stans on tumblr & twitter so i’m sure this album won’t be a disappointment for everyone.
I don’t see myself coming back to this. Most of the tracks presented here are what you expect: artificial, overly compressed & derivative.
The closer, “High”, was a highlight for me and probably my favorite song that they’ve put out. There were a few good choruses here and there, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Red Desert
  2. No Shame
  3. Old Me
  4. Easier
  5. Teeth
  6. Wildflower
  7. Best Years
  8. Not in the Same Way
  9. Lover of Mine
  10. Thin White Lies
  11. Lonely Heart
  12. High
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Added on: February 4, 2020