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5 Seconds of Summer tells it like it is on self-titled debut
5 Seconds of Summer tells it like it is on self-titled debut

The members of One Direction have done important work in relaxing what’s expected of a boy band. They don’t dance. They often dress like hobos. And their music generally relies less on syrupy R&B grooves than on rowdy pop-rock guitars. Onstage last August at Staples Center, where the British group played four sold-out concerts, they seemed so cheerfully indifferent to the arena-show enterprise that you wondered whether they knew anyone had turned up to watch them. In at least one way, though, One Direction adheres to established boy-band orthodoxy: When they sing about sex, they do so via winking euphemism and thinly veiled double entendre. “Let’s take a...

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