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Classic Album Review: Busted | Busted

The young U.K. pop phenoms try to have it both ways on their indecisive debut disc.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Remember when you wanted to be a cowboy — and an astronaut? Or perhaps a princess — and a ballerina?

These teenage U.K. phenoms face a similar conundrum. They can’t decide whether to be a bunch of sincere teen-pop harmonizers a la ’N Sync or a snotty pop-punk outfit like Sum 41. So rather than decide and limit their options — and, more importantly, alienate part of their demographic — they go for both on this debut album, offering their silly sophomorisms in three-part harmony and turbocharging their pimple-pop with bubble-crunch guitars. And sure, it’s cute sometimes. But not cute enough to interest anyone old enough to know better.


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