Louder (R5 album)

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Studio album by R5
Released September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Recorded 2012–13
Genre Pop,[1][2][3] pop rock[4]
Label Hollywood
R5 chronology
Live in London
Singles from Louder
  1. "Loud"
    Released: February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)
  2. "Pass Me By"
    Released: August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)
  3. "(I Can't) Forget About You"
    Released: December 25, 2013 (2013-12-25)
  4. "One Last Dance"
    Released: May 30, 2014 (2014-05-30)

Louder is the full-length debut studio album by American pop rock band R5, which was released on September 24, 2013 by Hollywood Records. Louder was also released as a deluxe edition, with four extra tracks only available for digital download.[5] As of October 2014, Louder has sold 150,000 copies in the US.[6]

Background and composition[edit]

"We wanted to put out a fun album," says Rydel Lynch and Ratliff said "We wanted to make an upbeat and inspirational album you want to play 24/7."[7]

Louder is mainly a pop album[1][2][3] with elements of pop rock[4] and power pop. The album discusses themes such as love, youth and freedom.


A deluxe version was exclusively sold at Target including the song "Wishing I Was 23" produced by Rocky Lynch, a ZinePak exclusively sold at Justice included stickers and the bonus track as well. A deluxe edition of the album was released in Japan in November, which includes another bonus track, "Crazy Stupid Love".[8][9]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 24 selling 15,000 copies in first week.[10]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Musichel 4/5 stars[11]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[12]
Today Online 2/5 stars[13]
Spin or Bin 3/5 stars[14]

Louder received mixed reviews from critics. AllMusic's Tim Sendra praised Louder as a "strong, uncluttered and fun modern pop confection." Also, he praised Rydel, who has a vocal feature in "Love Me Like That".[12] Musichel called Louder R5's impressive "grand entrance into the world of pop music", also adding that "R5's future is set for the sky and beyond."[11] Xinhua of Spin or Bin says the album's "lacks of charisma" but praised Ross', Riker's and Rocky's vocal abilities.[14] Paul Lim, from Singaporean newspaper Today, called the album "immature, repetitive" and "even annoying". He also compared Louder with Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. He concluded saying that the band was "a joke".[13] Megan Phelan from Mountain Weekly News said, "there is not much to differentiate the band's sound from other trendy pop acts." However, she gave the band "extra credit" for playing their instruments.[15]


"Loud" was previously released as the lead single from Loud EP. It was then included on Louder. It was released on February 19, 2013.[16] The lead single was "Pass Me By", released on August 20, 2013. On December 25, 2013, the band released "(I Can't) Forget About You" as the second single.[17] "One Last Dance" was released as the third and final single on May 30, 2014.[18] All singles were accompanied by their respective music video.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pass Me By"   Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Andrew Goldstein, Emanuel Kiriakou, Savan Kotecha, R5   3:21
2. "Forget About You"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, R5, Lindy Robbins   3:31
3. "Ain't No Way We're Goin' Home"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou   3:06
4. "I Want U Bad"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Robbins   3:13
5. "If I Can't Be with You"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Koerkemeier, Tony Oller, R5   2:55
6. "Love Me Like That"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, R5, Robbins   3:21
7. "One Last Dance"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Robbins   3:21
8. "Loud"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Robbins   3:26
9. "Fallin' for You"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Robbins   3:36
10. "Cali Girls"   Nathanael Boone, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch Goldstein 3:28
11. "Here Comes Forever"   Bogart, Goldstein, Kiriakou, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Ross Lynch   3:15
Total length:

Note: All physical copies of the album list the second track as "Forget About You";[20] upon its release as a single, it was retitled "(I Can't) Forget About You".


Credits for Louder adapted from Allmusic.[21]


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 47
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[22] 158
French Albums Chart[23] 121
Irish Albums Chart[24] 59
Italian Albums Chart[25] 11
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 60
Polish Albums Chart[27] 26
Portuguese Albums Chart[22] 27
Spanish Albums Chart[28] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 149
US Billboard 200[30] 24


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