Fragile Future

Fragile Future

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by Hawthorne Heights
     
 
Fragile Future is Hawthorne Heights' first effort without Casey Calvert, whose shrieking vocals helped establish the band as one of the only platinum-selling outfits in the screamo genre. Following his death in 2007, the remaining bandmates returned to the recording studio as a slimmed-down quartet, retaining their emo

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Fragile Future is Hawthorne Heights' first effort without Casey Calvert, whose shrieking vocals helped establish the band as one of the only platinum-selling outfits in the screamo genre. Following his death in 2007, the remaining bandmates returned to the recording studio as a slimmed-down quartet, retaining their emo songcraft while doing away with Calvert's cathartic screams. Even so, Fragile Future is a thoroughly cathartic effort, with Calvert's death and the band's continued feud with Victory Records looming large in J.T. Woodruff's lyrics. "Don't hesitate to remember everything," he advises during the opening song, which combines palm-muted guitars with syncopated drums and lonely piano riffs. There's an obvious element of tragedy here, something that the band's music always hinted at but never seemed to fully inhabit until now. And given their situation, it's quite hard to criticize Hawthorne Heights for playing dark, nocturnal emo-rock songs, since few of their contemporaries have such an authentic reason for sounding depressed. "Rescue Me," "Somewhere in Between," and "Desperation" all cling to chugging guitars and impassioned (if slightly nasal) melodies, while "Disaster" adds a welcome touch of spaced-out electronica to vary the pattern. It's a familiar mix of music, to be sure, but Fragile Future also sounds more valid than other emo albums, even if its hooks aren't quite as muscular as those on the band's previous disc.

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Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Victory Records
UPC:
0746105045620
catalogNumber:
456
Rank:
199163

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Thetrick More than 1 year ago
It is a well known phenomenon that a bands third cd is one of their worst, at least in the opinion of their original fans. They tend to try and experiment, and step out of the boundaries of what they have already created. Hawthorne Heights does not leave their boundaries far behind, although they take a definite step forward. A lot of the music, which had a dark sound and feel to it, is replaced by a harder, lighter sound, seeming to undertone the fact that since they've lost one member, they are different. Most of the cd seems devoted to this member, with some songs seeming to be all about what will happen now that they've lost someone. The title is perfect for this cd, as Hawthorne Heights does have a Fragile Future, and who knows what could happen from here. The vocals are a lot lighter, seeing as they no longer have a screamer. This cd is by far their best in my personal opinion though, I listen to it 10 times more often then I listen to their others.
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