Fragile Future

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Fragile Future
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Studio album by Hawthorne Heights
Released August 5, 2008 (US)
August 11, 2008 (UK)
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Emo,[1] alternative rock, pop punk
Length 41:23
Label Victory
Producer Jeff Schneeweis[2]
Hawthorne Heights chronology
If Only You Were Lonely
(2006)
Fragile Future
(2008)
Skeletons
(2010)
Singles from Fragile Future
  1. "Rescue Me"
    Released: July 22, 2008
  2. "Somewhere in Between"
    Released: 2008

Fragile Future is the third studio album by Hawthorne Heights.

Background[edit]

On August 7, 2006, it was announced that the band had left Victory Records, citing a lack of royalty payment and filed a lawsuit against them.[3] On December 6, the band announced they had written 11 songs for a new album.[4] In May 2007, a judge declared that the band could record albums for any record label. However, the band's contract required them to release another two albums through Victory Records.[5] In May 2007, a demo, titled "Come Back Home", was made available for streaming. By this point, the group had written 23 songs. From mid July to late August, the band went on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour.[6] Following this, the began recording their third album.[7]

Musical style and song selection[edit]

Fragile Future is seen as a departure from the band's original post-hardcore style, present on their first two albums. The album introduced a friendlier sound, much closer to pop rock. Due to the death of unclean vocalist Casey Calvert, there is a noticeable absence of harsh vocals on the record. The album is also the first release by the band to employ guitar solos, which were rarely heard on the band's previous releases, with the exception of "Breathing in Sequence" from If Only You Were Lonely.

Before release, the track listing for the record was altered. Out of 21 songs written for the album, merely 12 were actually used.[8] In reference to tracks that were intended for the album, band member Eron Bucciarelli said in a 2007 interview:

"There's a song called "The End of the Underground" and "Sugar in the Engine" which I really, really like because they're kind of darker, a little more moody. They're kind of along the lines of our song "Niki FM" in a little way, but it's sort of "Niki FM" to the next level."[9]

"Sugar in the Engine" became the fifth track on the album. The other song mentioned was not used for Fragile Future, but it later became the third track on the band's very next album, Skeletons.[10] The song had its title simplified to "End of the Underground".

Release[edit]

"Rescue Me" impacted radio on July 7, 2008.[11] A full version of "Rescue Me" was released in July 2008 on the band's official MySpace, which is the first single from the album. On July 22, 2008 "Rescue Me" was released on iTunes. The Album leaked onto the internet on July 31. Following the leak, the band put the full album up for listening on their MySpace page. The album was to be released earlier in 2008, but due to an incident with Victory Records, it was postponed. Victory and Hawthorne Heights solved their problems quickly, and the album was released August 5, 2008.[12] An acoustic EP, titled Rhapsody Originals, was released exclusively for Rhapsody on August 26. It features three live acoustic songs from Fragile Future, and one from their first studio album, The Silence in Black and White.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[19]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 [20]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 [21]

The album debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200, and #4 on the top Independent album chart. The album spent 5 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Business of Paper Stars" - 3:47
  2. "Rescue Me" - 3:08
  3. "Until the Judgment Day" - 3:45
  4. "Somewhere in Between" - 3:22
  5. "Sugar in the Engine" - 4:29
  6. "Desperation" - 3:28
  7. "Four Become One" - 3:55
  8. "321" - 3:40
  9. "Disaster" - 3.01
  10. "Let Go of Everything You Know" - 3:25
  11. "Corps of Corpses" - 3:12
  12. "Come Back Home (Reprised)" - 4:11
  • In "Come Back Home (Reprised)", the reprise part is the chorus from "This Is Who We Are", which is from the band's second album, If Only You Were Lonely.

iTunes bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "321." (Remix) - 3:17
  2. "Desperation" (Remix) - 3:37
  3. "Come Back Home" (Demo) - 3:25
  4. "Disaster" (Demo) - 3:01
  5. "Four Become One" (Demo) - 2:35
  6. "Somewhere in Between" (Demo) [Pre-order only]

Wal-Mart bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Scrantonicity (Summer Sunshine)" - 2:59
  2. "Lost, So Lost" - 3:54
  3. "Rescue Me" (Acoustic) - 3:34
  4. "Somewhere in Between" (Acoustic) - 3:35
  5. "Four Become One" (Acoustic) - 4:04
  6. "Disaster" (Acoustic) - 3:10
  • The Wal-Mart version of the record also comes with a bonus DVD.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew (2008-08-05). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Schneeweis Artist Direct". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Hawthone Heights leave Victory Records, file lawsuit". Alternative Press. August 7, 2006. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hawthorne Heights "super excited" about 11 new songs". Alternative Press. December 6, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hawthorne Heights partially freed from Victory contract". Alternative Press. May 18, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Throwdown added to Warped 07; Madina Lake drop off". Alternative Press. April 26, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hawthorne Heights post new demo, announce producer". Alternative Press. May 25, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ "aprilrock: Hawthorne Heights - Fragile Future (2008)". Aprilrock.blogspot.com. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  9. ^ "2007 interview with Hawthorne Heights' drummer". Drivenfaroff.com. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  10. ^ http://hawthorneheights.com/ on Feb 5 2010
  11. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hawthorne Heights - Fragile Future AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved on June 15, 2008
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Hawthorne Heights - Rhapsody Originals Now Available". Victory Records. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  15. ^ "Rhapsody Originals Session | Hawthorne Heights Album | Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  16. ^ "Rhapsody Originals from Hawthorne Heights - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  17. ^ "Hawthorne Heights Album - Rhapsody Originals Session". Sortmusic.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  18. ^ "Hawthorne Heights Album: "Rhapsody Originals Session"". Poprockbands.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  19. ^ "Fragile Future Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  20. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120217151917/http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/fragilefuture
  21. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/26662/Hawthorne-Heights-Fragile-Future/