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I too need a ticket outta Loserville!
on 29 September 2008
Fightstar were the first band to come out of the Busted split, with the reason being Charlie's decision to make metal music and they released material in the middle of 2005 .Son of dork followed them up in November of the same year with a far more impressive and suitable album and much better songs. It wasn't too much of a difference from Busted, whereas Fightstar were about as different as you can get. I was anticipating the release because Busted were my favourite band when they split, and I was waiting to see just how James could do with a group he had combined together. My view when I discovered the band was just to listen to the music and that was all. Blink 182 had become my favourite band by that point and it was around the time of this album that they split up too. I have really bad luck with bands! My musical taste by then had somewhat matured so I really accepted this album whereas maybe I wouldn't have when the band had split. I was pretty impressed with what I heard as soon as I listened to the album for the first time. I could tell that it was much more pop punk than pop rock, but I was fine with that. One significant difference I came across was the guitars. The guitars in Busted were somewhat hidden but in this album James has decided that the band should have noticeable guitar riffs and they should soar to the listener.
The album, in my opinion is not as good as Busted's 1st album in that it isn't as polished but it is certainly better than Busted's second album. The band had to change record label instead of Island to Mercury. The band has set out a theme with what they are and what this album represents and that theme is being a loser. The album's name is an indication of trying to escape that fact but what this album conveys is not escaping but actually experiencing living the life of a loser. The album is very teenage sounding music and is straight up pop punk. There are themes of sex and teenage life throughout, in some songs more than others. Instrumentally the band are outstanding and there are some brilliant guitar riffs in a few songs. Boyband, Eddie's song and Slacker are the most noticeable. The drumming is well done too. It is a shame that the band didn't progress with their song writing and make another album. If they could move on from the teenage pop punk to something more mature, but still with a similar sound then they would be a great band because they work well together and they're proper musicians. In the songs the singing is done by another guy not just by James. I think James has the perfect pop punk voice; it's really smooth, and the other guy has a smooth voice as well.
The opening song was the first release from the album and pretty much sets up the scene for the rest of the album. It is a fast paced pop punk song with a nice sound. If you listen closely you can hear Dave screaming near the end. The main reason I bought the album. It isn't the best song but it was perfect as the 1st single. Eddie's song is a rock anthem and it's ironic to the album's theme. I think I heard it was based on Van Halen. Little things is a really immature and soft sounding pop ballad with a nice sound and lyrics about teen lust. Party's over is another really teen sounding song., with the lyrics 'I just watched my girlfriend get laid on the sofa' and 'Stranded at first base I never saw her naked', it's pretty pathetic but you sympathise with him. Boyband is my favourite song on the album, purely for the sound. The intro is a headbanger and the song is so sarcastic. The best guitars and riffs - that's probably because there are 3 guitars playing different parts, which is something that the band likes to do. Sick is a dark song. The cello in the verses are a diverse element in the album. The lyrics are quite teen sounding , but it has deep emotions in it. The bridge has the singer contemplating suicide which shows intensity. Slacker is apparently the band's favourite song. It is about a teenager who lives in his own world of neverland. He is nerdy and plays computer games all day and night , and is compared to Napoleon Dynamite. It has great guitar riffs and an energetic sound. Holly I'm the one is a highlight with the guy telling his best friend how to win the girl and hating him when he does. It's the embodiment of the teen loser! Wear me down has been compared with Busted's Can't break thru but I think this is better. It still sounds like teen lyrics but it has a good message and has some power within. Murdered in the mosh is one of the best sounding songs. It is about letting people see your musical tastes for who you are instead of pretending to like other stuff and being a faker. What is really silly is that there is a hidden song with a choir singing the chorus. It lasts so long in between the two songs that it's 13:28 when the choir enters and 14:30 when the song ends. That is so much wasted space and time, especially if you put it onto your mp3 player, because it takes up so much memory. This could be replaced with 2 other songs instead because of the time. After listening to this teen pop-punk, having a more mature choir singing the chorus makes me laugh.
If you like pop rock/punk and you can relate to being a loser then you'll love this - I know I do!