Son of Dork Welcome to Loserville Review

Released 2005.  

BBC Review

When he sings, 'Just be yourself, dont be a faker', it makes you wish he would just...

Lisa Haines 2005

Welcome To Loserville, the debut album from Son of Dork, sees ex-Busted James Bourne return with a new band and a much harder sound. This is most noticeable in the fast drumming and choppy guitars on "Ticket Outta Loserville" and "Eddie's Song". Elsewhere, amusing lyrics make neatly constructed but formulaic tunes like "Boyband" and "Holly... I'm The One" instantly memorable.

Bourne wrote most of the songs and is clearly a talented chap, but in excellent last track "Murdered In The Mosh", mixed by producer Gil Norton (Pixies), he ticks off a hapless girl for pretending she likes Sonic Youth and Janes Addiction, when he knows she prefers boy bands really. If Bourne himself is into those groundbreaking bands its a shame this otherwise good album just peddles more of the same old Green Day/Blink 182 pastiche. When in the same track he sings, "Just be yourself, don't be a faker", it makes you wish he would just stop apeing others and take his own advice.

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