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  • Audio CD (13 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000E41MXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Grand Unification Part 1 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Waste A Moment 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Sleep Well Tonight 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Paint Your Target 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Build An Army 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Here Again (Last Conversation) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Lost Like Tears In Rain (Album Version) 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Open Your Eyes 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Mono (Album Version) 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Hazy Eyes 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Grand Unification Part 2 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Wake Up 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Seldom has a pop personality engineered his own fall from grace quite so determinedly as Charlie Simpson, formerly of UK chart stars Busted. There’s enough visceral energy and musical depth to debut album Grand Unification, however, to confirm his new project Fightstar are something far more fully realised than a haphazard stab at rock credibility. A suite of dynamic, gutsy post-hardcore songs in the vein of Biffy Clyro, Hell Is For Heroes, and Funeral For A Friend, Fightstar can’t entirely hide Simpson’s impulse for a inclusive shout-along chorus, but the likes of "Waste A Moment" and "Paint Your Target" take care to temper their moments of pop hookiness with screamed vocals, bludgeoning guitars and the odd arcane time-signature. "Build An Army" is the most convincing example of Fightstar’s heaviness at its most rampant and unchecked--a coiled rattlesnake of quiet/loud dynamism that achieves Deftones levels of intensity. A success? Put it this way: in controlled conditions, nine out of ten Kerrang! readers could happily mosh out without ever once suspecting an ex-member of Busted was in the building, and one suspects that for Charlie Simpson, that’s a victory well worth winning.--Louis Pattison

BBC Review

So this is it, the return of the most famous eyebrows in pop, the man that broke a million teenage hearts by tearing apart everyone's secret love, Busted, and the question is; was it worth it?

Put simply, yes it was. Make no mistake, Fightstar are Charlie Simpson's proper grown-up band, a full-on rock machine complete with preposterously pretentious album art, big riffs, driving drums and a fine line in angst-ridden screams (oh, and definitely no choreographed jumps).

Bursting with energy and thrilling on several tunes, not least the dual powers of the split title track and the throbbing "Paint Your Target", Grand Unification is a belting collection.

The truth is Fightstar have enough chugging emo and heavy rock in their brooding songs to have made it regardless of Charlie's well-documented past. On this showing, it seems he might just out-do Robbie Williams in leaving his past behind. --Chris Long

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Jacobellis on 2 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Right, so Fightstar are uncool because the lead vocalist is Charlie Simpson and he used to be the bushy-eyebrowed one in Busted.

Wrong.

Okay, so Fightstar make really bad music then.

Wrong.

So why does everyone hate them?

Because they are too scared to come out and say they love them.

Unlike me.

Grand Unification is the only album I have ever listened to which made me, after the last track finished, open the curtains just so I could make sure the earth was still there.

It isn't death metal, and it isn't emo, it's just damn good rock. From the soft Track One (To Sleep) that lures you into a false sense of security before dropping into Track Two (Grand Unification Pt1), the epic and truly magnificent Mono and even Charlie Simpson's incredible scream on Waste A Moment, this album is so good it hurts. And I mean, really, really, hurts.

Charlie Simpson should have been celebrating when Busted finished their first live performance on tour. And he was celebrating. But only because he and his bandmates from side project Fightstar had just completed a nine-track EP, most tracks of which made it to the main album.

So don't go thinking Fightstar is something CS did in desperation when Busted broke up. He was with them even before he was with Busted, and used them as a stepping stone to their recording contract. Wrong, yes, but very, very clever, and I'm sure his bandmates appreciated the sacrifice he made by getting up on a stage and singing the theme tune to the latest Thunderbirds film in front of thousands of girls barely out of training bras. Not many of us would.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Batabyal on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
My cousin was a HUGE Busted fan, to my shame, so when he sent me a couple of Fightstar's songs, I wasn't too impressed, thinking it would be a poppy, rubbish attempt to resurrect Simpson's career.
However, I listened to them, and was immediately gripped by the strong sound and powerful vocals. So I bought their Album, and I have to say I'm very glad i did. The CD starts very melodically, and then explodes into the single Grand Unification (Part 1)
The brand new songs are interspersed with re-recordings of songs from their EP "They Liked You Better When You Were Dead" (The re-recording of Hazy Eyes I especially liked as I had only ever heard a live recorded version before)
There is a good blend of heavier, more metal material combined with softer, less hardcore Emo tracks. The disc finishes with Wake Up, a new song that bridges with a choral repetition of the title, a very good ending to an excellent album
My recommendations would be:
Grand Unification (Part 1)
Waste a Moment
Build an Army
Hazy Eyes
Last Conversation (Here Again)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benji on 31 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a review for Grand Unification, Fightstars debut album and i must say what an album.

So the album starts off with the opening track of To Sleep and this an acoustic guitar thing, that i actually like and if you listen carefully i think you can here Charlie's voice. The album then bursts into the massive dropped tuned guitar simulator that is Grand Unification Pt. 1. Then slowly venturing into the third song on the album Waste A Moment which is the best screaming i have ever heard from Charlie on this album. Fourthly we have Sleep Well Tonight which is a good song and starts of really cool from violins then some massive guitars. And the best track (I Think) on the album, the extremely catchy Paint Your Target, this is an amazing song with one flaw; Charlie's screaming, it's a bit off to be honest with you it's a bit bad but atleast it fits. Then the stand out track Build an Army, it's a massive track with Alex and Charlie doing some combined vocals on this song, there is nothing wrong with it, this track is flawless. Then We have Here Again (Last Conversation) is a good track but probably one of the weakest tracks on the album and for Grand Unification that is very rare. Slowly into the dropped C (Guitar) tuned Lost Like tears In Rain, this is a very catchy, also with the biggest chorus i have ever heard. Then into the soft Open Your Eyes which is a track that does not sound anything like Fightstar but it is great. Then moving into track 10 we have the slow ballad Mono which is a good song with some heavy parts at the end. Then we have the amazing Hazy Eyes, this is one of my many favourite songs on the album and it has a good intro. Then we have the piano lead, narrated song that, Grand Unification Pt.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael S Gibson on 13 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is pure brilliance. Fightstar's sonic, tight and full sound is put to the test, and it scores full marks. There are no weak songs, and the production quality is perfect, which makes the highly emotional and heartfels songs even more epic. Charlie and Al's contrasting voices fit together perfectly, when trading lines and harmonising, and the interesting vocal lines and harmonies make the songs interesting and diverse.
The guitars, when both clean and distorted, are always huge-sounding and melodic, while the basslines are always hearable and complex, without sounding confusing. The huge, epic drums perfectly compliment the riffs and more often the bass.
This album is absolutely excellent, and I challenge anyone, even if they are not a fan of the genre, to try it and not like what they hear. Top notch.
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