Busted
A Present For Everyone


1.0
awful

Review

by Mister Mop USER (12 Reviews)
September 24th, 2006 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


A Present For Everyone

Yes, I Mister Mop actually own this album. The few people among you that actually know me and are aware that I usually stick to grunge, indie and thrash must be thinking ‘What is wrong with you?’ But when I moved to Switzerland and started unpacking my CD’s and putting them on my old rusty shelves I discovered this among them. I’m personally not sure how I originally acquired this sleek bunch of sickening pop punk songs but I’m guessing it was one of my brother’s friends who left it at my house or something.

Anyway, Busted originally appeared out of North London sometime in 2002 sounding like a scary mix of Blink-182 and Backstreet Boys. With their nice pop melodies, muted power chords and cheeky swear words, Busted had no problem climbing the UK charts and becoming teen sensations overnight.

The album ‘A Present For Everyone’ was the quickly made follow up to Busted’s self-titled debut. Leaving behind the more boy band influenced sound of their debut and becoming something closer to a wannabe Blink-182 was a big step for them, unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work, with the overall album just sounding like a neutered Sum 41. In the bland album opener ‘Air Hostess’, the Busted boys sing about wanting to get lucky with the hot airline employee with lines like, “Air Hostess, I like the way you dress”. Personally I think this song’s biggest achievement was being able to rhyme “I messed my pants” with “Flying over France”. Another cliché song off this album is ‘Who’s David’ where Busted attempts to write a heart break song over a girl who likes a guy called David (how’d I figure that one out?).

Anyway, before any of you start complaining about how the only description of the music on this review was just criticizing lyrics of two of the songs, I don't have to describe anymore. All of the songs have lyrics about the same subject (breaking up with girls), all of the guitar riffs sound the same (lots of power chords and palm muting) and overall the general song sturcture is just the typical pop formula of verse/chorus/verse/chorus. The only song on this album that actually stands out in anyway is 'Crashed The Wedding', however terrible this song is, it is a masterpiece compared to most of the others.

Following in the footsteps of any of America’s glossy pop punk bands, Busted really isn’t anything special. This whole album is just like something out of a Metal head’s nightmare, with Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne and Backstreet Boys all dancing around a fire watching Megadeth burn while chanting out “Oh Baby, I dreamt it all, we did it in a waterfall”.

This album will be an alright buy for you if you like neutered punk bands like Good Charlotte, Simple Plan or Sum 41. Actually, no, I think Sum 41 is too good to be associated with this (at least they managed to rhyme ‘El Niño’ with ‘Drinking in the back of an El Camino’). But if you prefer more respectable forms of music then stay far away from this. Overall this album is very poor musically and lyrically, it may be a present for everyone, but it’s a gift that you won’t enjoy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mister Mop
September 24th 2006


266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Please don't kill me fan boys

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006


16089 Comments


Those guys just look so fucking kick ass dude.

Mister Mop
September 24th 2006


266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

OH YEAH

Brain Dead
September 24th 2006


1150 Comments


You didn't really talk too much about the album, besides criticizing the lyrics of two songs. Not a good review.

Mister Mop
September 24th 2006


266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

o well......i had fun writing it

The Jungler
September 24th 2006


4827 Comments


I was going to try to review this, then I realized I would have to actually listen to it.
Seriously though, these are some pretty fun songs. Sure they suck, but I can see why they were big with the 12 year old generation.

Your review was a little bare, but it wasn't bad. Keep up with the reviewing.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006


16089 Comments


I honestly have no recollection of these guys. What was their claim to fame, really?

The Jungler
September 24th 2006


4827 Comments


They were huge in England. But they had that one song about a hot teacher in America.

CanonInD
September 24th 2006


359 Comments


THATS WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR

Sepstrup
September 24th 2006


1563 Comments


Year 3000 didn't infest your radio? Lucky you...


I've heard Crashed the Wedding as well... It's really terrible.

Mister Mop
September 25th 2006


266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"You didn't really talk too much about the album, besides criticizing the lyrics of two songs. Not a good review."
Read the fourth paragraph

Mister Mop
September 25th 2006


266 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is really screwing me over......how do u make a quote box?!?

Sepstrup
September 27th 2006


1563 Comments


(quote)text(/quote)

Exchange ('s for ['s

jimiiii
December 2nd 2006


1 Comments


fuck yea. this band is still rokin!!! woo

CollectCallsToHome
October 23rd 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I fucking hated them when I was 12 but love them now, catchy as hell, bubblegum pop FTW

Steoandnoodles
April 26th 2011


2832 Comments


I actually like the track 'Nerdy'...haven't a clue why. Ah, the lads never took themselves seriously.
Harmless, catchy pop.

Still amazed how good Fightstar turned out.

KILL
April 26th 2011


71955 Comments


fightstar suck even harder than these chodes

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Steoandnoodles
April 26th 2011


2832 Comments


Ah, Fightstar are great, yeah. =)
Really solid discography.



Arron
December 20th 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this just for nostalgia. lmao.

Steoandnoodles
December 20th 2011


2832 Comments


Oh man, tell me about it. Some of these songs are buried in my mind forever. =P



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