Release: Memory Lane – The Best Of McFly
Release Date: 26/11/12
Since 2004, the albums ‘Room on the 3rd Floor’, ‘Wonderlamd’, ‘Motion In The Ocean’, ‘Radio:ACTIVE’ and ‘Above The Noise’ have sold 10 million copies worldwide. The four boys responsible have had seven UK No.1 singles, five top 10 albums and numerous sell-out tours. This unstoppable force known better as McFly will have been together for 10 years next July. What better way to celebrate than releasing a ‘Best Of’ album, jam packed full of all their hits?
‘Memory Lane’ combines all of their singles and favourite album tracks for the first time. A lot of ‘Best Of’ albums feel quite thrown together but it seems as though the band have really thought about what the fans would like to hear. There are original demos of ‘That Girl’ and ‘Obviously’ from 2003 which are a really sweet addition. Their adorable prepubescent voices really show how far the boys have come since then. For those who have been fans since day one, it makes you feel a sense of pride (and also really ancient)!
They have even released a ‘Deluxe’ version, available for those super fans among us which features many of the B-Sides from previous singles and popular unreleased album songs. As well as this they have added some of their infamous cover versions, including ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘Lola’ which features our long lost favourites Busted.
Amongst the band’s classics are three new songs, including their most recent single ‘Love Is Easy’, with its cute lyrics and acoustic loveliness. As if this CD wasn’t a perfect gift for Christmas anyway, the song samples a famous quote from the film ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. ‘Cherry Cola’ is another very light hearted, tongue-in-cheek tune with a great 50s vibe. ‘Do Whatcha’ combines their rock ‘n’ roll roots with their dance phase to create an explosive pop track with instant sing along value. Dougie Poynter makes a rare vocal appearance with sharp lyrics such as ‘what out for that bitch called Karma!’ It seems they have decided to revert back to their ‘Room On The Third’ floor era, much to the delight of many.
Throughout the album it’s easy to hear their musical transition throughout the years and experience their development in musical style. Although everyone has their favourite McFly era, no-one can deny that they have always been able to produce fantastic pop records. This is a great collection of memories for old fans but an equally amazing introduction for anyone who isn’t familiar with the McFly world.
Reviewer: Claire Rollins