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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Goth-punk firebrands AFI follow up their smash 2006 effort, Decemberunderground, with the propulsive blast of alterna-glam that is 2009's Crash Love. Sticky with epic swaths of melodic rock and just enough swaggering goth-itude to please the emo-tweens, Crash Love is less mannered than its predecessor and reveals a band exploding with a creative power pop and metal spark. Though lead singer Davey Havok's glitter-goth persona is well intact, it seems tempered here with a bit more punkish muscle and '80s pop croon. These songs have madly obsessive hooks along with a sparkling production that never sacrifices the hard rock energy at the core of each song. In that sense, such ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Goth-punk firebrands AFI follow up their smash 2006 effort, Decemberunderground, with the propulsive blast of alterna-glam that is 2009's Crash Love. Sticky with epic swaths of melodic rock and just enough swaggering goth-itude to please the emo-tweens, Crash Love is less mannered than its predecessor and reveals a band exploding with a creative power pop and metal spark. Though lead singer Davey Havok's glitter-goth persona is well intact, it seems tempered here with a bit more punkish muscle and '80s pop croon. These songs have madly obsessive hooks along with a sparkling production that never sacrifices the hard rock energy at the core of each song. In that sense, such tracks as "Too Shy to Scream," with its tribal drumbeat homage to Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes," and the swooning romantic anthem "Veronica Sawyer Smokes" come as double ice cream scoops of sugary rock bliss. Think equal parts solo Morrissey and the Raspberries and you are pretty close. Similarly moving is the pyrrhic mid-album rock ballad "Okay, I Feel Better Now," with Havok's cries of "I died for the last lie/And the heartbreak for the first time/I could not take 'til I made you cry." However, AFI are anything but saccharine, and tracks like the epic fist-pumping leadoff single, "Medicate," with its slabs of distorted Jimmy Page-esque lead guitar lines, and the equally blood pressure-raising "I Am Trying Very Hard to Be Here" are both kick-butt rockers and dancefloor-ready rave-ups. Ultimately, AFI have lightened up the band's darkly sexy vibe on Crash Love and delivered a yearning, perfect pop
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602527172170
  • Catalog Number: 001338002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
AFI Primary Artist
Julie Delgado Background Vocals
Luke Wood Background Vocals
Davey Havok Vocals, Group Member
Jade Puget Guitar, Group Member
Adam Carson Drums, Group Member
Nick 13 Background Vocals
Benoît Grey Background Vocals
Kennard Ramsey Background Vocals
Luke Wood Background Vocals
Dan Under Background Vocals
Hunter Burgan Bass, Group Member
Kenna Ramsey Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe McGrath Producer, Engineer
AFI Composer, Producer
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Jake Davies Engineer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Todd Parker Engineer
German Villacorta Digital Editing
Vlado Meller Mastering
Tom McFall Engineer
Seth Waldmann Engineer
Jacknife Lee Producer
John Silas Cranfield Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great album

    i don't get why a lot of people are hatin on this album. i've been an afi fan for years and i think it's great they tried something new. the lyrics are all beautifully written and all the songs are catchy. though i must say i prefer the oldschool afi because the album is a bit too poppy. davey's voice has gotten better and better and this album song shows how much they've grown as a band.

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