I'd heard the name Hawthorne Heights, and the song 'Ohio is For Lovers' bandied about as quintessentially emo, but despite a taste for that, I'd never really considered them. Out of curiosity, I listened to Ohio is for Lovers, and was instantly blown away. I quickly bought the entire album, and was...mildly impressed.
Some of the songs (Life on Standby, Transition, Niki FM, Ohio is for Lovers, Screenwriting an Apology) are very good, and feature prominently on my playlists. But thats only five out of about 11 songs which I like, and im not sure that merits the 8 quid it cost me on iTunes. The other songs on the album are good, but they all sound pretty similar, so much so I find myself wondering when one song is going to come on, then realising I'm actually listening to it.
I hear lots of people complaining about the screaming, but, to be honest, I like it. Much more angsty and more about what I think emo is: thoughtful, sorrowful lyrics mixed with powerful, rage-filled screams. And this album is about half full of that