“Jet Black Heart” begins with the lines, “Everybody’s got their demons/ Even wide awake or dreaming,” which is perhaps the most desolately reflective lyric in the band’s current canon. Furthermore, lyrics such as “See a war I want to fight it/ See a match I want to strike it,” seem to suggest a self-destructive quality in the speaker. When the song reaches its chorus, vocalist and guitar-player Michael Clifford delivers, in a style that betrays his raw talent and growth as a vocalist, a powerfully emotional run with the line, “Cause I’ve got a jet black heart.” The song’s second verse, which begins “Now I’m holding on for dear life,” initiates a pseudo-call-and-response verse between vocalist and guitar player Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford in a fashion immensely reminiscent of All Time Low’s “Edge of Tonight.” Additionally, the song’s bridge, sung by vocalist and bass player Calum Hood, features the track’s most colorfully uplifting lyrics, in the form of the lines, “The blood in my veins is made up of mistakes/ Let’s forget who we are and dive into the dark.” Conclusively, the overall tone of the work, both lyrically and musically, is far more mature and introspective in a genuinely raw and honest manner than the vast majority of 5SOS’ prior work, which only serves to intensify the track’s multitude of sophisticated nuances.
More than anything “Jet Black Heart” serves to show a more cultivated and dynamic facet of 5SOS, as both songwriters and musicians, in that it assuredly casts aside all thoughts of this band being a trite and superficial “boy-band,” as the mainstream media loves to pigeon-hole the group.
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