By Chuck Arnold Liz Corcoran
March 27, 2006 12:00 PM

If Only You Were Lonely


Ohio emo band Hawthorne Heights doesn’t have so much to mope about these days. Building up a rabid fan base through constant touring and Internet communities like, the quintet notched nearly 800,000 sales of its independently released debut, 2004’s The Silence in Black and White. This month the follow-up, If Only You Were Lonely, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and the group launched a tour with Fall Out Boy and the All-American Rejects that should win over even more alienated adolescents. Unfortunately, Hawthorne Heights’s second CD is middling at best, with overwrought rockers that make you wish these dudes weren’t quite so in touch with their feelings. The disc veers from emo to “screamo,” thanks to frontman JT Woodruff’s grating wail on songs like “This Is Who We Are.”


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