Fragile Future

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Fragile Future
Fragile Future.jpg
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]

On June 6, 2008, Victory Records announced that they would be releasing the band's third album in August.[11] On June 16, a clip of a new track, titled "Rescue Me", was posted on the band's Myspace account.[12] Two days later, the band held a meet and greet event at Victory Records' offices. Here, fans were given the opportunity to hear the new album.[13] The full version of "Rescue Me" was posted on the band's Myspace on June 26;[14] it was later released to radio on July 7.[15] In July and August, the band participated in the 2008 edition of the Projekt Revolution tour.[16] On July 22, "Rescue Me" was released on iTunes. Two days later, the band performed an acoustic in-store session at Looney Tunes, a record store located in Long Island.[17] 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 music video for "Rescue Me" was premiered via MTV's FNMTV show.[17]

Fragile Future was released on August 5.[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.[18][19][20] In October and November, the band went on a headlining US tour, titled the Never Sleep Again Tour. They were supported by Emery, the Color Fred, the Mile After and Tickle Me Pink.[21]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic61/100[22]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press3.5/5 [23]
Sputnikmusic1/5 [24]

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]

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  2. ^ "Jeff Schneeweis Artist Direct". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
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  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. ^ "Victory announces release of Hawthorne Heights album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 6, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Hawthorne Heights post clip of new single". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 16, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Hawthorne Heights holding free meet and greet". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 18, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Hawthorne Heights post (full version of) new single". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 26, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Linkin Park, Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights on Projekt Rev 08". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. April 3, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "Hawthorne Heights to premiere "Rescue Me" video". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. July 24, 2008. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Hawthorne Heights - Rhapsody Originals Now Available". Victory Records. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  19. ^ "Rhapsody Originals Session | Hawthorne Heights Album | Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  20. ^ "Rhapsody Originals from Hawthorne Heights - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  21. ^ "Hawthorne Heights to head out with Emery / The Color Fred / The Mile After / Tickle Me Pink". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 3, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Fragile Future Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  23. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120217151917/http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/fragilefuture
  24. ^ https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/26662/Hawthorne-Heights-Fragile-Future/