Hopesfall has written an album that exists as an extension of their 2004 album A Types. The taut songwriting and amazing vocals are back, and sometimes even better. The production is awesome and every song is packed with wonderful ideas. Hopesfall are essentially the best band to mix pop-punk and post-hardcore still actively working on that amalgam today. However, Magnetic North has too many unfortunate moments like the cheesy chorus on "Paisley" or the occasional nu-metal breakdowns to let it eat at the big kid's table with their previous two LPs A Types and The Satellite Years. Keep in mind though that that isn't stopping awesome songs like "I Can Do This on an Island" from picking up 40+ plays in just over a week.
I have been a fan of hopesfall forever and i like every one of their releases, although I heavily prefer old hopesfall to the two newest albums. That being said, Magnetic North is an incredible album and has some of the best parts on any cd i own. You really have to look at it as it's own release, you can't compare it to the rest of hopesfall because similar to emarosa, it's like two different bands. rx contender, east 1989 and head general hospital are my favs, although the whole album is worth the listen. good for a bluntcruise
Hopesfall went out with a big bang on this one. I just don't understand why people were so critical of this band's metamorphosis from a hardcore band with spacey alternative tendencies to a spacey alternative band with hardcore tendencies. It's not like they were trying to become the next Creed or something. This was an attempt to creatively bridge the gap of "The Satellite Years" and "A-Types" and it succeeded in every way possible, yet somehow the core fan base was more divided than ever. Due to this and a lack of promotion and support from their label this was their sweet swan song.