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Half Way There

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A rush of melody and effervescent riffs that see the band blend huge arena-filling choruses with the classic pop-punk sound of Blink-182 and New Found Glory. Gone are the electronic influences and synth beats of Night Driver, and in their place the band has given us the guitars, the drums, and the pop-punk sheen that original fans fell in love with – albeit, all mixed in with the more mature lyrics of a group in their thirties and a heavy dose of nostalgia for good measure.

Some user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. We keep our fingers firmly on the pulse of the alternative music scene, whether it is covering already established alternative acts or documenting the stars of tomorrow, we are always there. By your logic, Asking Alexandria and Falling In Reverse are better than Touche Amore and Departures simply because more people know who they are. It’s packed with catchy melodies, the three members shine on vocals and the lyrics are both personal and clever. Nineties’ is one of the tracks which will claim a place alongside other Busted favourites such as ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Crashed The Wedding’.Read more about the condition New: An item that is still in its original shrink wrap from the manufacturer and the original manufacturer’s seal (if applicable) has not been removed. Inoffensive, cookie-cutter tunes like “Nostalgia”, “Reunion” and “Nineties” sound like sonic time capsules with nostalgic themes, and in all honesty, it’s done pretty well. After months of speculation Busted finally confirmed their reunion in November 2015 and hit the road with their Pigs Can Fly Tour the following year. The rockiest moment on the album comes on the storming Nostalgia, which suggests that a more straightforward rock album could be in the band’s future.

Now a year longer than their original run into their career since their 2015 reunion with the ‘Pigs Can Fly’ tour, ‘Half Way There’ is their fourth studio album (so titled as it’s exactly half way to the ‘seventh album’ referred to in their hit single ‘Year 3000’), and one to be especially proud of. After all, that’s pretty much the only reason that Half Way There exists; it doesn’t push Busted forward as a band (something that Night Driver did), and it doesn’t add anything at all to the genre conversation, but as far as digging up note-perfect relics from the 2000s goes, it works like gangbusters. If 2016’s ‘Night Driver’, all pink neon effect artwork and positively groovy 80s vibes on it’s tracks like ‘On What You’re On’ was a conscious effort to create a record that, whilst brilliant, still had an inescapable air of ‘Busted trying to find their place in pop music today’ on it, then ‘Half Way There’, produced by the legendary Gil Norton, is the polar opposite of that. All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.Capturing the band’s larger-than-life personalities, the album cover was conceptualised and shot by Rankin, who also directed the video for ‘Nineties’. But yeah, I'd never thought I'd see the day when a Busted album is heavier than a Bring Me The Horizon album.

Of course, given that Busted have never been a powerhouse band in terms of innovation or technical songcraft (because why would they be?People who are commenting about fightstar, you do know Busted are better and bring in more money, right? The track "What Happened to Your Band" was previously performed live by one of James Bourne's other bands, Son of Dork back in 2007. The ‘ Year 3000’-esque ‘ Shipwrecked in Atlantis’ delivers another fantastical flight of fancy, while ‘ Race to Mars’ takes a look at the space race in a tribute to Elon Musk and Tesla, and once again taps into the band’s penchant for a pop culture reference or two in its lyrics.

Yeah, it’s not something that will appeal to an older demographic, but from a technical level these songs are well sung, and are concisely written from the “How To Pop-Punk For Dummies” guide. This isn’t the band to listen to for pioneering sonic experimentation or playful lyricism: they are what they are, or rather what they were. They also get a little bit more autobiographical than we’ve heard before such as on early stand out What Happened to Your Band, which charts the band’s initial split. The fact that it’s almost laughably shallow and conforms to the most basic stereotypes of the genre doesn’t help either, but on the whole, this all paints Busted as a band that are probably best off being left in the past.At least more standard love songs like MIA and Radio are a bit more palatable by sheer virtue of being lower stakes by design, but even then, there’s a juvinility to them that feels awkward, and when tracks like All My Friends and It Happens make it a point to iterate how Busted aren’t going anywhere and how much success they’re currently having, that unfortunately feels like the intention. The alternative movement is alive and kicking and we here at AltCorner deliver your alternative music fix daily.

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