Grand Unification [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
If one had not known the origins of the band Fightstar, one would be hard pushed to guess that not too many years prior to releasing the hardcore rock album Grand Unification, Charlie Simpson had been lapping up the adoration of teenage girls in a boy band. Admittedly, Busted had slightly more substance than Westlife or A1 but after years of releasing punk influenced pop with a schooldays theme, the debut Fightstar album had more in common with Funeral for a Friend, Machine Head, and Slipknot than Busted and McFly, which was hardly surprising as they had brought in Colin Richardson as producer, a man who had worked with all the former bands. The debut single to be released...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
If one had not known the origins of the band Fightstar, one would be hard pushed to guess that not too many years prior to releasing the hardcore rock album Grand Unification, Charlie Simpson had been lapping up the adoration of teenage girls in a boy band. Admittedly, Busted had slightly more substance than Westlife or A1 but after years of releasing punk influenced pop with a schooldays theme, the debut Fightstar album had more in common with Funeral for a Friend, Machine Head, and Slipknot than Busted and McFly, which was hardly surprising as they had brought in Colin Richardson as producer, a man who had worked with all the former bands. The debut single to be released was "Paint Your Target" which caused some controversy when the video depicted some school children engaged in a war. There is no hint of what is to follow as the album opened with a dreamy acoustic instrumental, "To Sleep," and then the feedback of Alex Westaway's guitar crashed in and the first part of "Grand Unification" arrived. The second part, later in the album, had a spoken interlude and a softly sung melody over a chilled out song that wouldn't have been out of place on a Coldplay album, at least its first two minutes. Between the two parts was a hard rock album -- what might have once been called thrash metal, but now might be called emo -- with heavy hitting guitar chords and screamed vocals. It's not quite as angry as Slipknot, but not too far behind, either, although "Build an Army" certainly sounds like a call to arms. If this was what Charlie Simpson had inside him, no wonder he wanted out of Busted. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Trustkill Records
  • UPC: 824953009022
  • Catalog Number: 90
  • Sales rank: 89,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Sleep (1:36)
  2. 2 Grand Unification, Pt. 1 (3:17)
  3. 3 Waste a Moment (3:37)
  4. 4 Sleep Well Tonight (4:13)
  5. 5 Paint Your Target (3:16)
  6. 6 Build an Army (4:01)
  7. 7 Here Again (Last Conversation) (3:14)
  8. 8 Lost Like Tears in Rain (4:00)
  9. 9 Open Your Eyes (4:07)
  10. 10 Mono (6:24)
  11. 11 Hazy Eyes (3:13)
  12. 12 Grand Unification, Pt. 2 (3:56)
  13. 13 Wake Up (4:36)
  14. 14 Fight for Us (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fightstar Primary Artist
Sally Herbert Violin
Lucy Wilkins Violin
Ian Burdge Cello
Charlie Simpson Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dan Haigh Bass
Al Westaway Guitar, Vocals
Mike Norman Spoken Word
Larry Smarr Spoken Word
Al Westaway Guitar
Dan Haigh Bass Guitar
Omar Abidi Drums
Oliver Langford Viola
Technical Credits
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Colin Richardson Producer, Audio Production
Chris Sheldon Producer, Audio Production
Craig Jennings Management
Max Dingle Engineer
Fightstar Composer
Daniel Conway Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Fightstar's Place In This World

    After finding out some songs with references to the anime "Neon Genesis Evangelion", Fightstar caught my attention. The first song that came to mind was "Lost Like Tears In Rain". The song's story is downright similar to the anime's plot, or at least to the lead character's (Shinji's) role.

    This album wasn't one of their best albums, albeit it being their first. Other songs by Fightstar I'd recommend are not on this album, but on the others ('One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours', 'Alternative Endings', and 'Be Human'), include 'Shinji Ikari', 'NERV/Seele', 'H.I.P. (Enough)', 'Unfamiliar Ceilings', and 'War Machine'.

    This band is essential to the Evangelion fan.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fightstar first full length cd.

    Not the best Cd Fightstar has made but decent enough. Be Human is the latest Cd from Fightstar and I think it's the best Cd I have listen to in 4 years. Grand Unification does have a couple of great songs on it.

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