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Released: 21st November 2005.

Son Of Dork - Welcome To LoservilleJames Bourne maybe considered one of the best pop-writers of modern age, or possibly one of the biggest jokes ever to hit your ears, but I think this album, a spin-off of trend-setters Busted, will surely convert a few sceptics into thinking he's a modern genius.

Yes, the album does sound like the Busted album we never saw, and yes, it's far too American for our own good, but either way, whether it was recorded by Son Of Dork, Simple Plan, or Hilary Duff, there's no denying it's a good, solid, pop album.

Debut single, "Ticket Outta Loserville", sets the scene for what is a good balance of slow moments, apparent in the epic "Sick", the rather sentimental "Holly... I'm The One" and the Beatles-soundalike "Little Things", and a collection of uptempo roaring emo-lite pop tracks, "Ticket Outta Loserville", "Boyband" and "Murdered In The Mosh".

Althought it's the music form of sugar, and the faux-american accents tend to grate just a little by the end of the album, there's absolutley no denying the hidden gems in here, especially "Boyband", which promotes believing in your own taste, and not being ashamed to like a bit of the old Backstreet Boys.

By no means the coolest album ever, but Son Of Dork may just have made the most catchy of the year.

* * * * (Twixy)



It's been 10-ish long months since the popworld experienced the most controverstial band split since S Club - Charlie, Matt and James aka Busted were officially no more as of 14th January 2005. It's not over for the individual members though, as James Bourne returns with a bit of help from Danny, Dave, Steve and Chris, forming his new band, Son Of Dork.

Working his magic into catchy little pop offerings, such as "Eddie's Song", "Falling (The Little Things)", the cynical "Boyband", the gritty "Party's Over", and the excellent debut single, "Ticket Outta Loserville", you can't help noticing that the lyrics and the delivery are vented with anger.

It's safe to say that, with tunes this good, James is bound for a massive success once again, which will mend the broken teenage hearts of former Busted fans everywhere. Fightstar must be quaking in their Converse trainers.

* * * * (Alex MacGregor)

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