5SOS has come a long way since their â€œAmnesiaâ€ and â€œSheâ€™s Kinda Hot Thoâ€ days. The Australian bandâ€™s latest album, “CALM,” debuted on March 27 and is actually an acronym of the band memberâ€™s first names (Callum, Ashton, Luke, Michael). The band has officially moved into a darker sound and abandoned the lighter boy band tunes that you might expect to hear blasting in a Forever 21 dressing room.
This song is the type that would play at the beginning of a coming-of-age indie film featuring the main character with her long hair blowing out of a car window during golden hour. The protagonistâ€™s friends are in the car, and summer is around the corner. That is the vibe this song gives off.
This is such a good song to listen to when youâ€™re getting ready for the day (or for whatever Zoom class youâ€™re sitting in on). The lyrics are also a nod to Hollywoodâ€™s toxic culture. The lyrics â€œDiggin’ my grave to get a reaction, Changin’ my face and calling it fashionâ€ are just one example of how meaningful this song really is.
This song serves as a testament to the past version of ourselves. It is full of regretful lyrics hidden behind a catchy tune. It is a glance back at the people we used to be when we were younger, while also being grateful that weâ€™re not them anymore.
This song contemplates leaving a toxic relationship and whether itâ€™s even worth it to do so. This is a great song to listen to if you’re cleaning your room. 5SOS also has a version of this song featuring Charlie Puth that’s worth a listen.
This song talks about struggling with not only a toxic person, but also a toxic mental state. Regardless of its lyrics though, the beat is fast-paced and great to workout to. If youâ€™re looking for a song to add to your workout playlist, this is it.
This song gives of very strong nostalgia vibes. Itâ€™s almost like youâ€™re looking at old photos during the verses, and then the chorus hits and you are suddenly reliving those old memories. This is also a great dance song.
This is one of the first slower songs in the album. This is the opposite of “Old Me,” and gives a futuristic look at a life with someone. The lyrics talk about giving someone the â€˜best yearsâ€™ in the future.
“Not in the Same Way”
This song is such a shoutout to those suffering from unrequited feelings. The dark lyrics â€” much like their other songs â€” accompany a fast beat. â€œI love you, you love me but not in the same way,â€ are just hard-hitting lyrics that everyone can resonate with.
“Lover of Mine”
This song is another slower one. The lyrics describe being given a second chance with someone they think the world of, and talk about falling in love again.
“Thin White Lies”
This is another darker song that references a broken heart. The lyrics are honest about not liking who you were during a point in your life and brings a sense of longing for who you used to be.
This slow song captures a moment in which someone will do anything to keep someone around. The lyrics almost beg someone to take them back â€” to give them another shot.
“High” is such a farewell song. Itâ€™s directed at someone who you used to love, hoping that they think of you highly even when theyâ€™re with someone else. The lyrics, â€œThe picture that you painted of me looks better in your mind,â€ just shows that maybe the relationship was better on paper than in reality.
Callum Hood, the bandâ€™s bassist, claims that this new album â€œis the best representation of who we are, not just as artists, but as people.â€ Tweet us your thoughts at @VALLEYmag.