Fightstar
One Day Son This Will All Be Yours


3.0
good

Review

by VheissuCrisis EMERITUS
September 5th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "We Apologise For Nothing...."

The mere mention of Busted is enough to make many a Fighstar fans’ blood boil. Years apart from the poppy medley which so cleverly disguised itself as acceptable music which so appealed to the wide market of 8-15 year old schoolgirls, it seems our boy Charlie is now ready to step up to the plate and appeal to an audience of, dare I say it; males. Having grown a set unlike the boyband counterparts he left behind, I thought it was only fair to give him and Fightstar a chance. A chance to show, that beneath the crap and the almost comically oversized eyebrows of his, that he could possibly impress me, be it one iota. Cue impartiality.

“99” picks up exactly where they left off from their debut effort, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Bringing absolutely nothing we haven’t heard before, especially for an opening track that is meant to set the tone of the album, borders on being criminal. Another thing a number of songs, not just the aforementioned suffer from, is the feeling that instead of working a set of lyrics and chorus around a melody, the process has been flipped, leaving said song with a generic feel where you are sometimes left wanting with a chorus that feels all too familiar.

Hold the phone, there’s another singer in this band" And he’s actually half decent dont cha know. After the disappointing opener we are thrust into “We Apologise For Nothing”, a song which almost instantly had my foot tapping with an airy atmosphere blended into the verses, and dual vocals intertwined neatly by Simpson and Westaway, all leading to arguably the catchiest chorus on the album. Carrying on the strong form is single “Floods”, with a haunting piano setting the tone before a crunching volley of noise blasts us through to a Muse-esque chorus. Where Fightstar really seem to excel is in heavier tracks “Deathcar” and “Tannhauser Gate”. On the former, crushing vocals delivered by Simpson get the tempo off to a gallop before pulling back the reins and sweetly delivering a chorus which so juxtaposes the lyrics it possesses; “So bring out the deathcar and we’ll sleep tonight, Just say the words and this will all end right now”.

A key to the current and future success of Fightstar lies not with big name Simpson, but with drummer Omar Abidi, who, even upon first listen of the album, is simply wonderful. Being interesting in such a riff-driven album is a tricky thing for a drummer to accomplish, as they do so often quite literally, stay relegated to the backseat. Abidi however clearly thinks this simply won’t do, and whether he’s helping a song to chug along a la “ I Am The Message” or whether he’s taking centre stage with a thumping resonant melee a la “Tannhauser Gate”, he is a vital cog in the Fightstar machine.

Even though Charlie is caught crooning ‘We apologise, for nothing’, I think it’s something he should perhaps revaluate, as instead of apologising for nothing, he should promptly do it to himself and to the fans as instead of pushing this album onto heights of perhaps being a great or excellent album, he provides too much filler that unless you’re paying attention, you’d be forgiven for not noticing that the song has even changed at all. Mainly efforts like “H.I.P enough”, “99”, and “Our Last Common Ancestor”; bring absolutely nothing new to the table, only filling enough time to help the album meander along from start to finish.

Impartiality when listening to such a record took time, but in the end the potential of Fightstar is visible, albeit in small spatterings across the record. For every time they set themselves up to blow you away, they allow themselves to tumble back to where they started. ‘One Day Son This Will All Be Yours’ is as much frustrating as it is brilliant, leaving in its wake a platform in which great things in the near future could very well be acheived, with ‘Be Human’ complete with the benefit of hindsight, a giant leap forward in the Fightstar journey.

Recommended Tracks: We Apologise For Nothing
Floods
Deathcar
Tannhauser Gate



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sspedding
September 5th 2009


5191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, disagree with the amount of filler. I think it is fairly minimal personally.

LepreCon
September 5th 2009


5434 Comments


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VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
September 5th 2009


1369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks sspedding, i felt like giving a different opinion to the 4's that others gave. Also ? at above.

MusicinaBox
September 5th 2009


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can't read this review after that first sentence. i get so sick of fightstar reviews constantly bringing up busted.

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
September 5th 2009


1369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you were to read the second sentence it'd explain how you're feeling right now.

sspedding
September 5th 2009


5191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah but I do think the inclusion of that has no real place in the review to be honest. Everyone with a brain has moved on from his Busted days and don't need reminding. As I say though the rest of the review is good.

Titan50
September 5th 2009


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, Fightstar are a band I need to listen to

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
September 5th 2009


1369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It seems i touched a nerve with the Busted thing.



Titan, i suggest Be Human or the recommended tracks off here, it's good stuff.

MusicinaBox
September 6th 2009


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok I read on, not so bad. Good review I pos'd. The only problem I had w/ the reveiw now is the fact that you didn't touch the sick wah intro to Amaze Us, song rocks.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 6th 2009


6143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always liked 99 actually . . .



Anyone know what the chorus of "I am the Message" is supposed to mean?

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VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
September 6th 2009


1369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Appreciated MusicinaBox.



It means whatever you want it to mean Observer.....



but seriously i have no clue.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 6th 2009


6143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it seems kinda random.

MusicinaBox
September 6th 2009


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^True but his voice sounds stellar in that song. I always wished they didn't cut it so damn short, there's like no bridge.

tresm87
March 25th 2015


3813 Comments


There's an album cover I remember vaguely that was similar to this with a gasmask on it. It was a hardcore band I believe pretty obscure from around 2006. I can't think of the name of the band or album and it'sdriving me crazy tonight. It's a more lengthened tube coming ftom the gasmask. It's not all shall parish.

BeeRyan
July 25th 2015


1308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is honestly nothing I dislike about this album. Aside from 99 and Floods, it doesn't feel as 'epic' as Grand Unification, but it feels more personal and all the parts of each song mesh together so well. ugh this band

Toondude10
November 10th 2015


11693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a good album

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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2016


5471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to this on some half-decent speakers, and the basswork on here is so damn cool.

Shemson
April 22nd 2016


1332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Floods is such a good song. The rest of the album is mostly really good too but not near their last album.

EvoHavok
April 22nd 2016


7295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Deathcar" rocks.

Shemson
April 22nd 2016


1332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Deathcar and Tannhauser bring some great heavy sections. Charlie's screams are genuinely really good.



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