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Album Review

The closest Hawthorne Heights' debut album comes to originality is that they rip off bands in two different genres, trying to blend the pop-emo of Thursday, Jimmy Eat World, and the other post-Weezer bands with the glossy, commercial pop of bands like Good Charlotte. With J.T. Woodruff's faceless alternative rock vocals alternating with Casey Calvert's equally generic metalcore barking over Micah Carli's heard-it-before power chords, the band is doing absolutely nothing new. That said, what they do, they do pretty well. Most of the songs have reasonably catchy choruses, there are no particularly egregious mistakes or failed experiments, and the leadoff single, "Life on Standby," is actually quite good in a completely disposable way. The overall lack of personality on this album is its fatal flaw, however. There's nothing on The Silence in Black and White that'll make anyone turn it off and throw the CD across the room in a fit of rage, but it's hard to remember anything about the album an hour after it's over. [Victory Records reissued the album in 2005 as a CD/DVD with alternate cover art. The wealth bonus content includes concert footage, interviews, commercial spots, music videos, and seven previously unreleased songs, some of them demos.]

Customer Reviews


Wow... so thank you iTunes for giving a horrible review to an amazing cd and band. Hawthorne Heights was far from the same thing as Jimmy Eat World and sparked a revolution of screamo/softcore singing in the same song. The point is, if you must own a cd make sure its this one!

A must buy!

This is one of those albums that only comes around every 10 years. Every single song on this album is simply amazing. Not a single song below brilliant.

One of the best all time CDs

Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein - saw them at the 9:30 club in DC back in 2004. If music has ever made you feel this way before I will wire you $100 no questions asked (since you're probably a Peter Paul and Mary fan!). Boom.


Formed: June, 2001 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Punky emo pop quintet Hawthorne Heights came to life in the summer of 2001. Originally called A Day in the Life, the Ohio-based band saw numerous lineup changes and shifting musical styles before settling on a permanent formation. Composed of drummer Eron Bucciarelli, bassist Matt Ridenour, vocalist/guitar player J.T. Woodruff, and guitarists Casey Calvert and Micah Carli, Hawthorne Heights built their fan base on a demo recording and a series of self-booked national tours that saw them sharing stages...
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