Busted
Half Way There


2.5
average

Review

by Simon STAFF
February 3rd, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An indifferent return.

If you’re successful in filtering out the cynical baggage attached to Busted’s reunion – which tries to capitalize on the insurmountable obsession with 90s nostalgia these days – you'll find Half Way There to be a pretty innocent pop-punk album. We live in strange times: people in their 30s obsess over their childhood with borderline perversion; and more surprisingly, younger generations have found an infatuation with the romanticised 80s and 90s being discussed. What this has created, only very recently, is a platform to sell and talk about this tripe. Yeah, I was fortunate enough to have a good childhood where I could play with Pog’s, N64, and watch 90s Nickelodeon cartoons like Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show, but it’s not a subject I want to spill into contemporary music. Half Way There is a blast from the past in every sense of the word. Its pop-punk sensibilities exploit the continuing trend with the genre, and because of its relevance, it means the band don’t have to resort to selling their old sound down the river in favour of auto-tune, arbitrary guest spots, and trap beats in order to shift a couple of units. Inoffensive, cookie-cutter tunes like “Nostalgia”, “Reunion” and “Nineties” sound like sonic time capsules with nostalgic themes, and in all honesty, it’s done pretty well. These are child-friendly songs that talk about how great the band’s childhood was; reaching for their dreams; and getting that girl. Yeah, it’s not something that will appeal to an older demographic, but from a technical level these songs are well sung, and are concisely written from the “How To Pop-Punk For Dummies” guide. To the album’s credit, it kept someone as cynical and bitter as me through to the end without cursing at it for being obnoxious, and that says a little bit about the talent handling this record.

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PumpBoffBag
February 3rd 2019


935 Comments


Nice review. I feel like even the people who were youngers buying the first Busted record back in the day knew it wasn’t very good. They haven’t missed a beat with this one.

Surprised to see Charlie came back though.

zakalwe
February 3rd 2019


26677 Comments


Better than Brand New, Jimmy Eat World and what have you.

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Kurai
February 3rd 2019


145 Comments


Obligatory comment about how Fightstar are way better, and Charlie needs to do more Fightstar stuff.

But yeah, probably won’t listen to this. Never really been a fan, but I’m sure it’s at least better than that song they did for that dogshit Thunderbirds movie.

Hellscythe
February 3rd 2019


3421 Comments


whoaaaaa we're half way there

WHOOOAAA OHHHH

lincoln on a bear

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2019


15045 Comments


"Ren & Stimpy" Now you won me there.



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SlicePaperMoog
February 3rd 2019


677 Comments


Sooo Charlie decided to bring back Busted?

....Why? He already brought back Fightstar who are musically leagues above Busted. I hope he aint retiring Fightstar again now because of this.

Krvst
February 4th 2019


456 Comments


Nice review, everyone seems to forget night driver came out not so long ago so it's not really a return?

Kurai
February 4th 2019


145 Comments


I believe that Fightstar is still around, but Charlie's focusing on Busted for now.

But yeah, I'd never thought I'd see the day when a Busted album is heavier than a Bring Me The Horizon album.



NorwichScene
February 4th 2019


2802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually pretty good

TundraL5Z
February 4th 2019


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album actually good, huh

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2019


15201 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well, it's not bad

TundraL5Z
February 4th 2019


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it started to go downhill at the end, its okay, better than expected

Kurai
February 4th 2019


145 Comments


I'm kind of tempted to listen now to see what it's like, but I don't want Busted to end up as one of my artists on Spotify or have them constantly come up in my suggested videos on YouTube (which has happened in the past previous times I've checked out artists due to curiosity). Any ways around this?

NorwichScene
February 4th 2019


2802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehh? Last 4 songs are some of the best

H14720
February 4th 2019


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am a big Busted fan, have been since their first incarnation during my childhood.



I disagree with this review, I think it’s a good album well produced by a producer that’s more than worth his salt in Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen et al.). It’s an album that showcases what Busted were always meant to be, a decent British pop-punk band.



The first time round they were young boys being pushed and suppressed by their label, that and not being recognised as artists who write/record/produce their own work, contributed to their demise. Since then, I feel they have all had success and Charlie has more than proved himself as a capable musician, gaining top 20 albums across multiple genres (Fightstar, solo-works).



Busted actually returned with a more experimental album Night Driver in 2016 which I feel was also very well produced. ‘Half Way There’ sees them return to who they really are as a band and is actually musically better than they’ve ever been.

AgentDeathbat
February 4th 2019


9596 Comments


Lmao the only thing I know from these guys is that song the Jonas Brothers covered in like 2006.

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Saltekyouthere
February 7th 2019


1 Comments


People who are commenting about fightstar, you do know Busted are better and bring in more money, right? Believe it or not fightstar wasn't exactly popular like Busted.

I do disagree with this review though. The band are back, and now better.

SlicePaperMoog
February 7th 2019


677 Comments


Im not surprised that someone thinks that Busted were better than Fightstar would be the same type of person who would use popularity and money as reasons to why something is good.

Kurai
February 21st 2019


145 Comments


"People who are commenting about fightstar, you do know Busted are better and bring in more money, right? Believe it or not fightstar wasn't exactly popular like Busted."

Oh, so you believe the popularity of an artist is reflective of the quality of the music they make? Please explain how All The Right Reasons by Nickelback (which was certified Diamond in the US and sold 10,000,000 copies) is a good album.

By your logic, Asking Alexandria and Falling In Reverse are better than Touche Amore and Departures simply because more people know who they are. Just because something is popular doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Fortnite is popular, Minions are popular, Love Island is popular. Please explain how those examples are good.





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