Fragile Future

  • Record Label: Victory
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2008
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17

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  1. Sep 19, 2010
    7
    Once again Hawthorne Heights deals with raw and true emotions you feel when you lose someone close to you. This album was clearly written for Casey Calvert (EX guitarist and unclean vocalist). There aren't any unclean vocals as there were on the previous albums. They wanted to keep the band true and not replace Casey. Even with only clean vocals the message of sadness and everyday struggleOnce again Hawthorne Heights deals with raw and true emotions you feel when you lose someone close to you. This album was clearly written for Casey Calvert (EX guitarist and unclean vocalist). There aren't any unclean vocals as there were on the previous albums. They wanted to keep the band true and not replace Casey. Even with only clean vocals the message of sadness and everyday struggle comes through. Hawthorne Heights always lets you know that you are never alone. The album is in another genre than the previous two. They cannot be compared. In this album's own respect it is very well put together. Expand
  2. JohnElvis
    Aug 12, 2008
    10
    veery amazing album from this band,love it :)
  3. CorbinM.
    Aug 9, 2008
    10
    Great comeback!!
  4. JamesM.
    Aug 8, 2008
    7
    As an album written at a time that is clearly traumatic and troubling for the band (Casey's death) it shows obvious influences but isn't sorry for itself and holds up strong in the genre. As always Woodruff has a beautiful delivery, and although the hooks aren't so large as previous albums this is a totally genuine collection of songs that feels intimate and delicate. HH As an album written at a time that is clearly traumatic and troubling for the band (Casey's death) it shows obvious influences but isn't sorry for itself and holds up strong in the genre. As always Woodruff has a beautiful delivery, and although the hooks aren't so large as previous albums this is a totally genuine collection of songs that feels intimate and delicate. HH have often stated that they aren't in the habit of changing their sound and fans will always know what they're getting so if you hate the "emo" tag then stay away but this is an excellent example of the genre and should make fans happy. Killer lyrics at times with some solid musicianship. Expand
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. It's a familiar mix of music, to be sure, but Fragile Future also sounds more valid than other emo albums, even if its hooks aren't quite as muscular as those on the band's previous disc.
  2. Alternative Press
    70
    As with prior releaes, Woodruff's lyrics can be hokey, but his Midwestern earnestness makes it easy to let it slide. [Sep 2008, p.158]
  3. Emo fans will be satisfied; dabblers will have their assumptions about the genre confirmed.