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Half Way There

Half Way There

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The band recorded a new version featuring Simpson and without McFly for the album, as the band believed that it fit the album's themes of nostalgia, reflection, and their hearkening back to their earlier pop-punk sound due to the lyrics dealing with James Bourne's life after Busted initially broke up in 2005. While Night Driver was an interesting sonic diversion, Half Way There gets back to doing what the band does best.

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. 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.In May that year, Cobus Potgieter, who had previously stood in as drummer on Busted's 2016 tour, announced that he would be the studio drummer for the upcoming fourth album. Is a eulogy for the Busted of old – penned by James Bourne following on from the era-defining breakup of the three-piece, a triumph in songwriting as Bourne cuts himself open and exposes his headspace at that time for all to see. Simpson adds, “It still has humorous elements and we’re still having a lot of fun, but we have some very poignant songs too.

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.The band, made up of James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis, have been working on their upcoming album for the last year and had one simple goal in mind – to make the ultimate Busted album! With 9 tracks out of 10 having been jointly written by all three members of the band – James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson – Half Way There feels like a real labour of love, combining personal lyrics and the sound the band is known for into an easy-listening album that reflects on Busted’s history, their present and their future – and if listeners find themselves singing along to choruses too, then so much the better. That’s about it for me though so it’s interesting entering my first busted album with it being a comeback. Never really been a fan, but I’m sure it’s at least better than that song they did for that dogshit Thunderbirds movie.

Busted are a totally schooling in lazy formulaic songwriting in ‘Half Way There’ and sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it’s charming but mostly it’s just annoying. Today Busted release new album Half Way There and it moves away from the cooler, synth-pop feel of Night Driver and revisits the rebellious punk-pop hybrid the band explored on their first two albums. It’s quickly followed by the twice-previously recorded (by Bourne’s band Son of Dork and by McBusted for their self-titled album) ‘ What Happened To Your Band’ about the band’s split, which is given a new lease of life amidst this album of stylistic throwbacks and retro Busted vibes to become one of the album’s stand-out tracks.In that song’s chorus lyric ‘Where d’ya go, I’d be lost without you / It’s crazy, time moves slow / I ain’t seen you on the TV lately’, they all deliver the vocal with feeling and there’s a sense that in this version of the song, they’ve communicated the problems that ended their juggernaut of success so abruptly and got closure on that time to move forward to this new chapter. Please explain how All The Right Reasons by Nickelback (which was certified Diamond in the US and sold 10,000,000 copies) is a good album.

Factor in the dated electronic embellishments of Race To Mars and the face-screwingly twee twinkles on All My Friends, and what’s already the most sanitised, marketable approximation of the genre becomes even more difficult to stomach. Busted seem to take a lot of music that was popular with teenagers ten years ago and kinda lazily mash it together with this track. Today, they also announce two extra shows on 24 th March at Newcastle’s o2 Academy and 25 th March in Southampton at O2 Guildhall. People might think they do, but given that the entire purpose of Busted is and was always to get those nostalgia glands throbbing, it’s not exactly a reliable conclusion to draw.

To the album’s credit, it kept someone as cynical and bitter as me through to the end without cursing at it for being obnoxious, and that says a little bit about the talent handling this record. In the edit page, go to the 'Metadata' tab and add your Juno artist, label or release page for listeners to purchase your release / releases. Nineties opens the album and it’s essentially a modernised version of the music the band was making the first-time round. Elsewhere on the album Reunion is a peppy beat-driven moment, Shipwrecked in Atlantis is a pure pop-rock rush, and MIA is the kind of track that will fill an arena live while fans hold up their phone lights and sway along.



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