By Leah Greenblatt
Updated August 01, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

With Fragile Future, the platinum-selling Ohio rockers of Hawthorne Heights clearly had a lot of raw material to draw from: It’s their first album since guitarist-vocalist Casey Calvert’s accidental death and the band’s lawsuit (since dropped) against their own record label. It’s somewhat disappointing, then, that the disc’s sound and content hew so closely to the standard emo/screamo/hardcore formula. Despite the anthemic guitar crescendos and well-calibrated choruses, there’s little here lyrically or musically that will strike anyone past driver’s ed as trenchant or fresh. Nevertheless, the now quartet’s apparent ode to Calvert, ”Four Become One,” is genuinely touching, given the context. C+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Listen to ”Rescue Me” on the band’s MySpace page

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