Night Driver (album)

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Night Driver
Busted - Night Driver (Album Artwork).jpg
Studio album by Busted
Released 25 November 2016 (2016-11-25)
Recorded 2015–16 (Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre
Length 43:52
Label East West
Producer
Busted chronology
A Ticket for Everyone
(2004)A Ticket for Everyone2004
Night Driver
(2016)
Singles from Night Driver
  1. "Coming Home"
    Released: 3 May 2016
  2. "On What You're On"
    Released: 30 September 2016
  3. "Thinking of You"
    Released: 24 March 2017
  4. "Without It"
    Released: 16 June 2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Digital Spy 4.0/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 3.0/5 stars[4]
London Evening Standard 3.0/5 stars[5]
The Guardian 3.0/5 stars[2]

Night Driver is the third studio album by English pop rock band Busted. It was released through East West Records on 25 November 2016, and is the band's first album of new material in thirteen years, following on from A Present for Everyone (2003).[6]

Background[edit]

In 2005, Busted broke up after Charlie Simpson quit the band largely due to creative differences and focus on post-hardcore band Fightstar. In the years that followed, Simpson and the other members of the band, James Bourne and Matt Willis, had various musical projects and ventures. In 2013, it was announced that Bourne and Willis would be joining with the members of the band McFly to form the rock supergroup, McBusted. Prior to going on tour with the new group, Bourne and Willis visited Simpson to let him know of their plans to move forward with McBusted. The three continued to keep in contact and in 2015, after determining there was a creative common ground within the group following writing sessions in Philadelphia, it was announced that Busted would be reforming with the original lineup.[7]

Recording[edit]

Simpson, Willis, and Bourne traveled to Los Angeles before and after their Pigs Can Fly arena tour and met with producer John Fields to begin writing and recording new material. They expressed in various interviews that there was no desire to continue the sound of their previous work, instead opting to have no expectations in the studio and find a new sound.[8] Much of the album was continually recorded without having demos and as a result, many first takes of vocals and instrumentation made the album.

The Japanese bonus-track "Beautiful Mess" was originally written in 2012 by James Bourne as a demo called "Gone" for his then new band Call Me When I'm 18. "One of a Kind" is yet another track from those sessions intended for the aforementioned project.[9]

Promotion[edit]

On 9 September 2016, the band revealed that their third studio album would be called Night Driver, and that it would be released on 11 November 2016.[10] Prior to the announcement, the first promotional single from the album, "Coming Home", was released on 3 May as a free download from the band's website.[11]

Singles[edit]

On 18 September 2016, "On What You're On" was revealed as the first single from the album, with a release date of 30 September.[12] A music video for the track was uploaded to the band's Vevo account on the same day.

On 9 February 2017, the band announced that the second single from the album would be "Thinking of You".[13]

"Without It" was confirmed as the third single during the band's appearance on The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio 2 on May 14, 2017. For its release as a single, the track was mixed by Wez Clarke.

Promotional singles[edit]

On 18 October, the band announced that "Easy" would be released as an instant grat track at midnight on 21 October. Likewise, a video of the track, live at Pool Studios, was uploaded to the band's Vevo account on 20 October, along with an announcement that the album's release date had been pushed back to 25 November due to production delays.[14]

On 8 November, the band announced that "One of a Kind" would be released at midnight on 11 November to those who pre-ordered the album.[15]

On 18 November, the band premiered "Thinking of You" live during the Children in Need 2016 telethon in addition to performing "Year 3000".[16]

Track listing[edit]

Credits per booklet.[17]

Night Driver — Standard edition[18]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Coming Home" 3:13
2. "Night Driver"
3:52
3. "On What You're On"
3:09
4. "New York"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Simpson
  • Fields
4:26
5. "Thinking of You"
3:15
6. "Without It"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Simpson
  • Fields
  • Bazilian
  • Christy
4:42
7. "One of a Kind"
  • Bourne
  • Fields
  • Kelly Scott Orr
3:50
8. "I Will Break Your Heart"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Simpson
  • Fields
3:52
9. "Kids with Computers"
  • Simpson
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Fields
3:16
10. "Easy"
  • Bourne
  • Bazilian
3:31
11. "Out of Our Minds"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Simpson
  • Fields
3:21
12. "Those Days Are Gone"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
  • Simpson
  • Fields
3:20
Total length: 43:51

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 39
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[21] 141
Scottish Albums (OCC)[22] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 13
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[24] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Collar, Matt. "Night Driver - Busted". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Cragg, Michael. "Busted - Night Driver review: 'hear Charlie Simpson roar '". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis. "Busted's comeback album Night Driver reviewed: a regenerated band moving forward". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Hanratty, Dave. "Album Review: Busted - Night Driver". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Paine, Andre. "Busted - Night Driver review: 'a more sophisticated album'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Reilly, Nicholas (9 September 2016). "Busted announce Night Driver, their first album in 13 years". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Hingle, James (10 November 2015). "Charlie Simpson Rejoins Busted - Kerrang!". Kerrang!. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  8. ^ White, Jack (30 November 2016). "Busted: "Year 5000? We don't think that would have gone down well"". Official Charts. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Call me when I'm 18 - Gone (acoustic)". YouTube. Kwin Draws. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2016. [better source needed]
  10. ^ Corner, Lewis (8 September 2016). "Busted announce their first new album in 14 years - and it's called Night Driver". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  11. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (3 May 2016). "Busted are BACK with first new song in 12 years as pigs fly for Charlie Simpson's return". Irish Mirror. MGN. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ EllieN (18 September 2016). "Busted Announce New Single 'On What You're On'". CelebMix. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  13. ^ popscoop.org (9 February 2017). "Busted New Single ‘Thinking of You’" – via Popscoop. 
  14. ^ Busted (21 October 2016). "Busted - Easy (Live at The Pool Studios)" – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ josepvinaixa (24 November 2016). "Busted "Night Driver" - Available on iTunes!". 
  16. ^ BBC Children in Need (18 November 2016). "Busted perform 'Year 3000' and 'Thinking of you' - Children in Need 2016" – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ a b Night Driver (Booklet). Busted. East West. 2016. 0190295937379. 
  18. ^ a b "Night Driver". CDJapan. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Night Driver (Liner notes). Busted. Japan: Juno Music. 2016. p. 14. WPCR-17563. 
  20. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 48, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Products - Night Driver". Oricon. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  24. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2016.

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