Sound — 9
Over the past few years, the infamous post-hardcore/alternative rock band Fightstar, have battled with speculation of their sound, and the occasional poser comment, thrown mostly at lead singer and guitarist, Charlie Simpson, for his multiple year stint in the teen pop band "Busted". Yet, instead of retreating and hiding away, the 4 british blokes have fought, much like their name, and developed respect amongst their peers. On the latest record, "Be Human", they've managed to produce their most creative and diverse album to date, with powerful choirs and a 16-piece orchestra which sets the mood in many pieces, such as "War Machine" and the album opener, "Calling All stations". Yet, the Fightstar that fans have always known is by far still apparent, with the Rhythm section of Omar and Dan as solid as ever on tracks such as "The English Way".
Lyrics — 9
The Two Vocalists of Fightstar, Charlie and Alex, are two men with completely opposite voices, which in turn sets for great harmonies and melodies. Charlie, the main lead vocalist, has a masculine voice which has been compared to that of Kurt Cobain', and a falsetto which could almost compare to that of muse singer, Matt Bellamy. Whereas Alex has a far higher voice, used excellently in the softer songs on the album. The album's lyrics (as commented by the band themselves) talks about issues of humanity, yet has a positive message to it, unlike previous albums "Grand Unification" and "One day son, this will all be yours". Excellent melodies can be heard on the tracks "War Machine" and "Follow me into the darkness".
Overall Impression — 9
Although some may say that this latest effort from fightstar is heading in the direction of the mainstream with tracks such as "Mercury Summer", "Never Change" and "Tonight we burn", it is clear, that the quartet are on the brink of a creative explosion. Although the originality hasn't shown itself completely yet, moments of it can be heard in tracks such as "Give me the sky" and "Follow me into the darkness". The group are exceptionally talented at their instruments, and have enabled an album that has the right balance of creativity and normality to it. Key tracks to the album are "Colours Bleed to red", "War Machine", "Follow me into the darkness", and "Mercury Summer".