It feels like forever since British pop rock outfit McFly first burst onto the scene with their hilariously catchy debut 5 Colours in Her Hair (back in 2004). In fact, nearing their tenth anniversary as a band, it's been a rollercoaster journey for Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter. After an ill-timed greatest hits compilation in 2007, of which the boys mentioned was released purely due to contractual purposes, they have finally decided it is time for the world to see the best of their discography with Memory Lane: The Best of McFly.
The deluxe edition is a massive 2CD tracklist of 42 songs, split between B-sides and unreleased demos and their hit singles plus a couple of new tracks. Most current is their latest single Love is Easy, a ukulele-driven ditty that highlights what McFly is all about - the music. Made with the fans in mind, the music video sees them parodying their previous album covers and is a joy to watch, as is the song that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you melt into a puddle. Cherry Cola and Do Watcha are also the two other new tracks on the album, the latter a punk-esque number with zinging guitars and a strong backbeat. Cherry Cola, with its cheeky lyrics and sugary tinge of pop-rock flavour showcases McFly's versatility and cheeky personalities.
Of course, their best selling single to date, All About You, is included in the compilation. Their earlier skater-boy/surf-boy brand of pop, evident in Surfer Babe and That Girl is also not forgotten, along with the summery feel of No Worries, which was a delight find. Notably missing however, are singles from the Wonderland and Motion in the Ocean albums, which the boys have mentioned in their autobiography Unsaid Things...Our Story, were one of their low points in their careers and personal lives. Songs like the cheeky #1 hit and an ode to Lindsay Lohan, Please Please, was not included on the album.
A couple of covers are included in the B-sides tracklist of the second cd, including Queen's Don't Stop Me Now. I wish they had recorded a studio version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, which they covered during one of their video streaming sessions in the last couple of years. However, even my non-McFly friends have lauded their Queen cover as being quite original, so that's gotta mean something right? You've Got a Friend, the double A-side track to their acclaimed single All About You, is also a great number with their emotions captured for Comic Relief whilst on their Africa humanitarian trip.
Singalong anthems One for the Radio and The Heart Never Lies also play up the nostalgia for the band's brand of pop-rock, that has inevitably paved the way for other bands like One Direction. I would have loved it if Too Close For Comfort, one of my favourites, was considered in the tracklist. Still, this massive compilation is a definite must-have item this Christmas for any McFly fan, and a great introduction into the band's discography if you haven't been converted. As McFly croons, "if this is love, love is easy", and honestly, I don't see why it isn't when it comes to them.
Track Cuts: Room on the 3rd Floor, The Heart Never Lies, Love is Easy, Don't Stop Me Now, Cherry Cola, Transylvania, That Girl, All About You, Lies, Falling in Love