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Very strong album to add to the Fightstar collection

Reading the other reviews it is interesting to see that most people agree on the best tracks, but the disagreement in what the weak tracks are show the diversity in Fightstar fans. I have been behind Fightstar from the beginning, I have every hidden little B-Side they've ever made available, even if it was just a single play on the radio, and so it's very refreshing for them to surprise me with this. The album is indeed very strong. As with any album it has it's weak tracks (see bellow) but they said they wanted to push into a more experimental area and they have certainly managed it. As has been stated in some other reviews the album is more like some of their B-Sides, more gentle and melodic with less heavy driven guitars. This was slightly hinted at in One Day Son (2nd Album) with the piano and the strings in tracks like You & I and Floods, but they have taken it to a whole new level with this album. Full orchestras and full choirs, and some very good orchestration. It is very easy to right a ballad and stick strings behind it, but even on the heavier songs they have the orchestra and it backs them so well. Another reviewer said that he thought whilst the album was good, the tracks got a bit too similar after a while due to the almost constant use of the Orchestra, and he does have a point. I would say that the album does not really suffer from that, but their fourth album should have more of a variety then this one when they start on it. They are in danger of pushing so far that they leave the tracks that made Grand Unification amazing. But on the whole I would say it's a good album. Here is a breakdown of the tracks in my opinion: 1. Calling On All Stations 5/5 Very very strong start to the album. I knew there was going to be orchestra, but they don't waste time. They hit you with it full on with massive classical melodies before streaming into a good rock track. 2. The English Way 5/5 Their first single fits nicely after Calling On All Stations. After having the album introduced as epic and slightly pretentious they die down a bit for the English Way, but still keep the energy and the feel. 3. War Machine 10/5 This track is fantastic, and probably the best on the album. This review is after one listen through the entire album, but certainly it sticks in my head the most. I would say it pushes more into their heavy side, but with Choir and Orchestra, and the excitement and tension you feel is incredible. If you want one track from the album get this one. 4. Never Change 3/5 Set for their next single. This track is a bit too happy clappy for me, although the middle section is good and strong. I would say it does fit into the album, but had they released it before the album was released I would not have been as optimistic as I was. It does stick out a bit in the album track listing, and as a result makes Colours Bleed stick out as well. 5. Colours Bleed to Red 4/5 This was a B-Side on the English Way and I think it was to show fans that they had not left their heavy side. This is the first track where the orchestra has departed and it works well. The breakdown at the end, and the reintroduction to Charlie's distorted screams are strong reminders of who Fightstar are and why we love them. 6. Whisperer 2/5 Some people have been saying this is a brilliant one, others say it's not so good. So I think it depends on the music you like. I think this is easily the weak link. It is very poppy, and the band didn't appear to know what they were doing for it. To me it sounds like a good verse and a good chorus and lots of recorded ideas have just been stuck together. Some people may like it, I would call it very experimental pop and not my cup of tea, but it may grow on me. It does have some good moments. 7. Mercury Summer 4/5 Their second single. I did enjoy this when it came out, although will admit that I was slightly worried with their direction after listening to it along with a couple of the b-sides, yet it is a nice catchy track in a good way and fits very well into the running of the album. 8. Give Me the Sky 4/5 Another strong track. This reminds me a bit of You and I, with slow melodies and orchestras and a moving acoustic line. A good track, although the sound effects at the beginning I don't think really suit it, although when they come back in at the end they do work more. 9. Chemical Blood 5/5 After Give Me the Sky it's like being slapped in the face with a bag of 100 £1 coins and being told their yours. It hurts like hell but you couldn't be happier. The track is the next heavy driven guitar track after colours bleed and is fantastic. The album has lulled you into a false sense of security, then hits you. And once you've woken up they then bring back the orchestra, but it's gone hard core. Very nicely done. 10. Tonight We Burn 5/5 Not sure what to say. It glides in beautifully and is like the gem of the album. Drum patterns are common ones, but is a good track to feel for. 11. Damocles 5/5 And here are Fightstar, reminding us that they are pushing forward and experimenting, but are nevertheless still themselves. And thats what I like to see in a band. Damocles in my opinion is a good typical Fightstar heavy formula. Metal verse, melodic chorus, and constantly changing. Very strong. 12. Follow Me Into the Darkness 5/5 Most people have said that this song drags on, but I disagree. When it started the first thing that came to my mind was Motion Picture Soundtrack by Radiohead, and that feel is continuous, but the track develops about four or five different sections and runs between them very well. It builds up with a Mono feel (They Liked You Better version not Grand Unification version) to something epic, before dying away again and concluding the album nicely.

Be Human - 10/10

What an incredible new album from Fightstar, the new sound is amazing and the songs are some of the best they done so far. Be Human is slightly different from Grand Unification and One Day Son, but some of the songs like Damocles and Colours Bleed To Red still have the hard rock sound they are best known for. Best songs are The English Way, War Machine, Colours Bleed To Red, Mercury Summer, The Whisperer and Damocles. Calling On All Stations - 9/10 The English Way - 10/10 War Machine - 10/10 Never Change - 8/10 Colours Bleed to Red - 9/10 The Whisperer - 9/10 Mercury Summer - 10/10 Give Me the Sky - 8/10 Chemical Blood - 9/10 Tonight We Burn - 8/10 Damocles - 10/10 Follow Me Into the Darkness - 6/10 Unfamiliar Ceilings - 7/10

I think I just found my summer album 09!

This album is maybe not what you might expect if you've been following their career from the beginning. Almost like guitar takes a back seat for 13 songs of their ongoing discography. But rest assured, it's not a bad-thing. Live sets always contain a mixture of the old and new, so we'll never lose Deathcar and Grand Unification pt.1, but now there can be so much scope for creativity and diversity. This album realises what Fightstar's many great B-sides have hinted at all this time, an underlying dabbling in orchestration and electronic melody-making that is now a permanent part of their full band sound. It's experimental, but it only helps lift the whole experience. I wasn't sure about Mercury Summer to begin with, I thought it was a bit too "happy" for a Fightstar record. But now I can't remove it from my head. It's catchy in the right way, in that timeless chorus hook kind of way rather than annoying sugar-laced-brain-rape pop hook way. And so now, out of this musical tomfoolery we get 'War Machine'. Another classic Fightstar experience! Can't wait to hear it live. This whole album drips enthusiasm and fun. It contains in its tracks the sound of a band enjoying making music and not being pressured to fit a stereotype. I look forward to the next evolutionary leap that Fightstar make because currently, Charlie Simpson is struggling to put a foot wrong. I enjoy the fact that people still refuse to give them a chance. It means the rest of us get more of them, and they remain hungry to defy their doubters. If that brings us more tracks like 'Mono', 'Our Common Ancestor' and 'Colours Bleed To Red' then I could never stop supporting them. This album will be stuck in my car all summer, and long make it last! Till the next album....


Formed: London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

London-based post-hardcore outfit Fightstar came to life in the mid-2000s when guitarist/vocalist Charlie Simpson was actually still a member of the U.K. pop trio Busted. Itching to tap more fully into his rock side, a random jam at a party soon turned into Simpson writing and playing songs on the side with guitarist Al Westaway and drummer Omar Abdid. Realizing they needed a bass player to enter the studio, a schoolmate of Westaway's, Dan Haigh, soon joined Fightstar's ranks. Rehearsing and playing...
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Be Human (Bonus Track Version), Fightstar
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  • £4.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: 19 April 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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