Fightstar - One Day Son, This Will Be All Yours Release Date: September 24th, 2007
Record Label: Gut Records
It's been nearly three years since the split of powerpop-trio Busted. While teenage girls, including myself, tried to find ways to rekindle their broken hearts, guitarist Charlie Simpson wasted no time forming a new band. At first I was skeptic toward Fightstar because of the new sound I was hearing on their debut Grand Unification, since the album is in no way, shape or form Busted number two. After a few listens, Grand Unification grew on me. It became one of the first albums I enjoyed that didn't fall into a genre I usually listened to. Now a year and a half later, Fightstar is ready to release their second album One Day Son, This Will Be All Yours.
Lyrically, One Day Son is quite different from Grand Unification. Grand Unification is a concept album based off the popular Japanese manga series Neon Genesis Evangelion, while One Day Son was written from a more personal stand point after the culmination of a seven year relationship of Simpson's. Besides the lyrical content changing, the music has changed as well. Songs are more melodic at times than they were on their debut, which is evident in One Day Son's opener "99." The first single "We Apologize For Nothing" follows the same route as "99" but is vocally reminiscent of Grand Unification when Simpson and guitarist Alex Westaway switch off vocal duties. Simpson's best vocal performance, however, comes in the next song "Floods." This song is driven by guitar and piano and contains a catchy chorus, easily making it my favorite off of the album.
Along with some songs being more melodic, some are also much harder. A perfect example of this is "Deathcar," a schizophrenic tune that punches you in the mouth with its first verse, stitches you up with its second, all leading up to a big chorus that re-opens the wound. If you like the direction One Day Son takes with "Deathcar," you'll surely enjoy " H.I.P. (Enough)" and "Tannhauser," the tracks that are no doubt the hardest the band's ever written. One Day Son closes with the relaxing "Unfamiliar Ceilings," featuring soft female vocals and a kick drum while lacking the big guitar riffs that are present in almost all of the songs in this album.
Overall, One Day Son, This Will Be All Yours is a huge improvement from Grand Unification. It's the perfect follow-up that had everything their debut was missing. Despite its minor flaws, One Day Son, This Will Be All Yours is definitely Fightstar's best work to date and surely won't be a disappointment to fans.