Above The Noise

Above the Noise is the fifth studio album from British band McFly. The album was released on 15 November 2010. The album spawned three singles: “Party Girl“, which was released on 6 September; “Shine a Light“, which was released on 8 November; and “That’s the Truth“, which was released on 6 March 2011.

The album’s title was revealed when it was made available to pre-order from the HMV website. The band made the album available to download to members of their new official website, SuperCity. The band have worked with producers Dallas Austin and Taio Cruz on the album, which sees them return to their former record label, Island Records.

The album’s tracklisting was revealed on 25 October 2010. The album was certified as Silver in the UK and released concurrently with the DVD Behind the Noise, which was exclusive to Asda and contained behind-the-scenes footage from the album in addition to two music videos.

Even that is not a favorite for the fans, the album received generally favourable reviews from music critics. Jon O’Brien from Allmusic rated it 3.5 stars (out of 5) and said, positively, that: “Above the Noise is McFly’s most consistently strong collection of songs in their six-year career. Whether it will be enough to prevent their worrying sales decline remains to be seen, but by embracing their pop sensibilities, they’ve at least given themselves a fighting chance of competing with their contemporaries”.

Iain Moffaft from BBC gave a positive review for the album, saying, “It’s the most radical break we can remember at this stage of a band’s career since Everything but the Girl’s jaunt into jungle, and one that confirms that McFly are not only conclusively back, but they might just have guaranteed themselves a future”.
The OK! Magazine review was also positive, saying that “Anyone who’s anyone in pop is going all 80s these days. Guitars are so yesterday, grandad and retro synths are where it’s at! Even McFly – famous for their playschool punk-pop sound – have done it. And while it would be easy to accuse them of jumping on bandwagons to make a pile of cash, we’re pleased because this is the best thing they’ve done.”

The Entertainment Focus review was positive too, saying that: “Above the Noise is the best record that McFly have released in the 6 years they’ve been together. Finally maturing musically and moving away from the teen-pop of previous releases, the band embrace pop sensibilities to create the strongest collection of songs they’ve ever recorded. Above the Noise should be a huge seller as we approach Christmas and don’t be surprised if it spawns several hit singles”. Emma Dawson from M is for Music gave a mixed review, calling it a “embarrassing and average album”, stating, “Above the Noise may be a welcome change and will certainly help them back on their feet after Radio:Active, however I’d much rather go and listen to Room on the Third Floor and Wonderland to remind me of the pop band they once were, and what I secretly wish they still were.”

David Pollock from The Scotsman, positively, saw that: “Undoubtedly their best studio effort yet, but still aimed squarely at those who like their pop glossy and unchallenging”. Johnny Dee from Virgin Media conclued that “Above the Noise is a stab at a mature pop sound which sometimes results in a bonkers Duran Duran meets Muse mish-mash complete with War of the Worlds rock opera climax”.


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