Combining the talents of Busted and McFly, McBusted are a child-friendly pop-punk supergroup – a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for the boyband age. Their debut album, McBusted, is as unimaginative as their name, featuring adolescent sentiments (Hate Your Guts, How’s My Hair?) and thrashy songs diluted to assuage X Factor fans. Still, for men who are growing too old for this game, the sextet’s enthusiasm never seems to wane and, as the enjoyably silly Air Guitar shows, the odd track contains at least a modicum of wit.
Paul Mardles is a subeditor on the Observer New Review