Top 20 Singles | Top 10 Albums | Album Reviews | AA Interviews | Best of 2011


Review Archives


Crash Love
Purchase Online
Reviewed: 10/26/2009 by Ryan

Recently Reviewed:

Young Rising Sons
Young Rising Sons EP

Don't Kill The Magic

Strange Desire

AFI’s new album “Crash Love” is filled with surprises. It’s not as dark as “Decemberunderground” is. It almost has equal parts of pop and rock. The songs are infectious in melody and style, (and that’s even for the songs that are supposed to rock a little harder on the album.) And in lots of places on the set you’re greeted with a rough type of glam-rock. AFI’s “Crash Love” is filled with surprises, you can really go on and on with them. But it’s not surprising that it’s a good album. The single “Medicate” was our preview to what was coming. It was a good first-listen, and a good transition track between “Decemberunderground” and “Crash Love.” It sounds like it could have been on the band’s last album, but there are more pop fundamentals to the song than most of the tracks on that last record. What’s really surprising and almost really stunning is that you’re hearing things like Bowie and Queen. It’s good stuff too, it’s not a giant stretch, but more of AFI’s unintentional take on that type of music. Really interesting stuff. You can hear that a lot during the second half of the album. This album isn’t a complete 180 over their past work, and on some songs it’s different for the better. If you’re a big fan of the band’s screaming work you’re going to be disappointed with some things here, but just a few. Regardless of how you feel about the approach on some of the songs, you have to give it up to AFI on style for “Crash Love.” After putting out an amazing record last time, they didn’t mail it in with the same record; they did something different and really something stellar. Not altogether better. Just different.

Upcoming Releases
Spoon (Aug 5)
Twin Forks (Aug 5)
Godsmack (Aug 5)
Andy Grammer (Aug 5)
Twin Atlantic (Aug 18)
The Gaslight Anthem (Aug 19)
Twin Atlantic (Aug 19)
Royal Blood (Aug 25)
The Griswolds (Aug 26)
Counting Crows (Sept 2)
The Kooks (Sept 2)
Better Than Ezra (Sept 9)
I Fight Dragons (Sept 16)
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (Sept 16)
Weezer (Sept 30)
Broods (Oct 7)
The Madden Brothers (Oct 7)

In Stores Now
Adelitas Way (July 29)
Nightmare And The Cat (July 22)
Young Rising Sons (July 22)
Colony House (July 22)
Bleachers (July 15)
Rise Against (July 15)
Big Wreck (July 15)
Dirty Heads (July 8)
Theory of a Deadman (July 7)
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (July 4)
Bad Suns (July 1)
Seether (July 1)

Site Map | Facebook | Twitter | | Donate | Privacy Statement | Advertise | Contact Us
©2014 Alternative Addiction LLC