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Half Way There

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They know their eggs so well when it comes to delivering great pop hooks and lyrics that are witty, barmy, and which occasionally touch a chord. The band’s hugely successful debut album ‘Busted’ featured hit singles ‘What I Go To School For’, ‘Year 3000’, ‘You Said No’, ‘Sleeping With The Light On’ and ‘Crashed The Wedding’.

And considering how well Charlie Simpson did with his pivot into post-hardcore with Fightstar compared to James Bourne’s Son Of Dork doing the exact same thing, you would hope that would be a stark underline for Busted to realise that what they were doing is not needed anymore. Vote up content that is on-topic, within the rules/guidelines, and will likely stay relevant long-term. Yes, at times, the album does feel dated – a drawback of an album based on nostalgia – and yes, it can be difficult to determine where the group fits into the modern musical landscape, but Half Way There is so uniquely Busted that it doesn’t really matter. Due to inventory and accounting purposes, we do not exchange items received for different items than originally purchased.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The started the campaign for the new album by playing three chaotic sold-out shows in a day at the 100 Club, and then dropped a throwback video for ‘Nineties’which revived the days of Top of the Pops, Blind Date, Nirvana and white-suited boy bands. 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.

It’s a super alienating song that only a few people in bands will relate to I guess, and even then not many. Each track’s a nod to the past, with comfortingly familiar riffs and hooks, whilst lyrics reflect on what could’ve been as the band long for the old days. Ahead of the album release Busted teased fans with the release of tracks Nineties, Reunion, All My Friends and Radio but the first official single, Radio, didn’t arrive until last month. 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. As good as Night Driver was as an album and it showed a totally different style to Busted than we was used to, Half Way there, is truly the Busted we know and love.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.

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