Album Review: Night Driver by Busted

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When Busted announced they would be getting back together, the whole world went mad. But not only did they share news of their reunion with the world, they also said that their come back would be accented with new music. Cue the screams of a thousand fans lying dormant for 12 years in waiting for this day to arrive!

I know I certainly screamed my head off. The idea that Matt, Charlie and James would be in the same room together was enough to bring me to tears of joy, let alone a tour… and an album as well!

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But when Busted first released their new come back single Coming Home in May 2016, I will admit I was a bit surprised and a bit worried. I liked hearing their vocals together on a track again, and I wasn’t worried that it sounded different at all, it just sounded a bit empty. Busted’s songs were so rich, and so hearing something very simple was certainly a shock. However, after seeing the boys on their tour in Wembley, my mind was put to rest as they also debuted new songs Easy and One of a Kind. Also, hearing Coming Home live made me like it much more. It was anthem-ic and filled up the arena easily. I don’t think the digital production did it justice.

So I was EVEN MORE excited for the album, and when the first single On What You’re On dropped, my excitement sky rocketed through the roof. Yes, it was a different sound, and yes it wasn’t the pop rock we were used to with Busted’s first two albums, but they weren’t the same band. For a starters, 12 years had passed and both Matt and Charlie had become fathers in that time. Secondly, the band split up on the grounds of creative differences, so to come back together and make the same music wouldn’t be logical. Thirdly, pop music moves on, tastes change, people grow up – it was always going to be different.

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I genuinely loved the new sound. And when Night Driver dropped, I got a whole album full of it! The record starts off strong with Coming Home, the single released back in May to promote their Pigs Can Fly Tour, and Night Driver, the title of the album and one of the strongest songs on the record. It makes you want to get up and dance, and is the perfect blend of pop, rock and synths. Charlie’s vocals, overall on the album, are outstanding, but on this particular song just send shivers down your spine.

Next up is On What You’re On, their lead single, and New York, another of the strongest on the album. On What You’re On is a great bridge between Night Driver and New York, with it’s more melancholy tone, but is no less anthem-ic than the previous tracks. I can see the arena now, with this song closing the set before an encore. Camera lights, fireworks and loud sing-a-longs. I can feel the tears coming.

Thinking of You and Without It are another two compelling tracks that really confirms just how strong the first half of the record is, and leads nicely into One of a Kind, another song that the boys played on their Pigs Can Fly tour as a teaser to the album. I Will Break Your Heart and Kids With Computers fly by in a haze of electro-synths and catchy lyrics, rounded off nicely with Easy from the Pigs Can Fly tour. Easy is the song that closely resembles the band’s first two albums, and has become some fans firm favourites because of this reason.

But I think two of the strongest songs on the album finish off the tracklisting. Out of Our Minds and Those Days Are Gone are both fantastic encores to Busted’s comeback album. The latter almost sounds like a song from Simpson’s solo albums, with his slick and deep vocals running all over the melody until the synths kick in. Even then, the song is sweet, with a gorgeous ending to the record. Yes, those days are gone, but there are many more to come. And I for one, could not be more excited.

5/5

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You can purchase Night Driver by Busted from the following retailers:

Amazon / HMV / Tesco / iTunes / Google Play / Webstore

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