"Half Way There" is the fourth studio album by English pop punk band Busted. It was released on 1 February 2019 through East West Records.
According to the press release, the album is a return to the early pop-punk sound that the band originally became known for, after their previous album, Night Driver (2016), had a heavy electronic sound.
Busted release new album Half Way There and it moves away from the cooler, synth-pop feel of Night Driver and revisits the rebellious punk-pop hybrid the band explored on their first two albums. Ahead of the album release Busted teased fans with the release of tracks Nineties, Reunion, All My Friends and Radio but the first official single, Radio, didn’t arrive until last month. Nineties opens the album and it’s essentially a modernised version of the music the band was making the first-time round. That may sound like a criticism but it’s actually not. There’s something refreshing about listening to a pop band that isn’t trying to conform with what is charting well and just doing what they want.
Half Way There is the album that Busted’s fans have been waiting for. While Night Driver was an interesting sonic diversion, Half Way There gets back to doing what the band does best. It’s packed with catchy melodies, the three members shine on vocals and the lyrics are both personal and clever.
Reviewed by Pip Ellwood-Hughes for entertainment-focus.com.