Yet another twist in the sound thrown at us today by AFI, the long time horror punk band have gone more alternative rock in the past few years. ‘Crash Love’ is no different, this album offers some fast bits mangled in with the slow bits, some heavy bits to mix in with the soft bits, and overall,is a decent album. Sounding more along the lines of Placebo these days rather than The Misfits it is hard to judge this album by simply comparing it to previous efforts.
This album encompasses a range of styles and genres; from infectiously catchy powerpop orientated ‘Too Shy To Scream’ to more punk rock driving ‘Medicate’, whilst the album overall is a lot more of a rock orientated sound now there are brief splurges into other genres too. Most of the tracks have really strong almost epic/stadium rock potentials. This style is most prominent in the opener ‘Torch Song’, complete with elated choruses and subtle heavy guitars through the verses the new direction that started in 2006’s ‘Decemberundergroud’ has now become a much more fully fledged sound, with less dithering between many different genres. Even though that’s still present stylistically, it seems so much more refined and thought out in comparison.
Actually, what the fuck am I on about? I can’t enjoy AFI without multiple references to mohawks and boys who destroy the world! Whilst yes the album is good, it’s just not up to the standard of albums they were once putting out. I’m going to go and listen to ‘I Wanna Get A Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)’ and remind myself of their original brilliance, I recommend you do the same.
Written by Jonathan Andrews