Reviewed by Andi Bricklin
If there is one thing that School House Rock taught us is that Zero is a hero, and Hawthorne Heights calls out for Zero’s help in their title song stating “You are my only hope!” The thing is, they are not looking for help with math. They are desperately tired of being alone, and that being nothing would be better. These types of lyrics are what put Hawthorne Heights in the Emo category.
Genre argument aside, Zero is a great collection of hard rock songs with great production. There is a nice mix of sad, dark tunes, with hard-edged more upbeat tunes. One of my favorites on the record is “Sparks”, where the lyrics scream “just let it go and lose control” to a great driving guitar riff. This is the one to download for the summer.
It’s a 15-track album that takes the listener on a great trip, granted some of that trip is through seedy dark alley ways, but it’s worth it to the end. Welcome back Hawthorne Heights.