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Sing the Sorrow

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This creepy and kooky goth-punk crew emerged some years back as the band most likely to become the Addams Family. They may have toned down the spookiness factor somewhat for Sing the Sorrow, their major-label debut, but AFI haven't lost the ability to generate chills and thrills. The disc's tone is set early on, with the cathedral bells, tribal drums, and ghost-ship wails entwining on "Miseria Cantare." The man responsible for the last element, singer Davey Havok, can wax coolly sepulchral, as on the wounded "This Time Imperfect," or electrically charged, as on the manic "Death of Seasons." The band are at their best when they're tiptoeing along on some musical ledge ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This creepy and kooky goth-punk crew emerged some years back as the band most likely to become the Addams Family. They may have toned down the spookiness factor somewhat for Sing the Sorrow, their major-label debut, but AFI haven't lost the ability to generate chills and thrills. The disc's tone is set early on, with the cathedral bells, tribal drums, and ghost-ship wails entwining on "Miseria Cantare." The man responsible for the last element, singer Davey Havok, can wax coolly sepulchral, as on the wounded "This Time Imperfect," or electrically charged, as on the manic "Death of Seasons." The band are at their best when they're tiptoeing along on some musical ledge or another -- the hidden track, "This Time Imperfect," is exhausting in its desperation -- and less involving when they stick to punk basics (the incongruously breezy "Dancing Through Sunday"). Fortunately, Havok and company don't let too much light into AFI's hermetically sealed universe -- all the better to let the sorrow resound.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Sing the Sorrow, their DreamWorks debut, isn't the wholesale departure from AFI's roots that some longtime fans griped about. It is merely the next step on a path that began with 1999's Black Sails in Sunset, the first album to feature guitarist Jade Puget. Assuming the role of principal songwriter, Puget wrapped vocalist Davey Havok's gothic tendencies in songs that put a finer point on the aggressive hardcore of AFI's earlier material, and massaged hooks from a morass of crashing rhythm, punk rock riffs, and Havok's opaque lyrics. The backing of DreamWorks meant that AFI could now hire major-league production to tweak what Puget had started. And they did. Work on AFI's major-label bow began in August of 2002 at L.A.'s Cello Studios, with Butch Vig Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Jerry Finn Green Day, Rancid at the helm. Emerging in early 2003 with Sing the Sorrow, it's clear the molting process AFI began with Black Sails in Sunset is complete. Vig and Finn kept the band's nucleus of pummeling California hardcore but stretched the songs lengthwise to incorporate greater lyrical introspection for Havok and even more attention to melody than on previous efforts. Oscillating between churning verses and intersecting solos and riffs, "The Great Disappointment" is like junior-varsity Fugazi, while the heroic emo chord changes of "This Celluloid Dream" transform Havok's preening wail into a sensitive croon, and single "Girls Not Grey" is a car-radio singalong of pure genius. It's true that the anthemic backing vocal choruses of material like "Girls Not Grey" and "Bleed Black" make the songs more pop than hardcore or even Havok's beloved goth. And the distorted synth and drum programming on "Silver and Cold" and "Death of Seasons" is a cheeky production trick that isn't very successful when married to the songs' upbeat choruses. But neither the producers nor the band went overboard. Just when the strings, piano, and rainstorm effects threaten to turn Sing the Sorrow into a My Dying Bride album, there is a burst of hardcore like "Dancing Through Sunday" to recall California pioneers of the genre like Dead Kennedys or SST transplants Hüsker Dü. Whatever factions of the band's longterm fans might think of their major-label affiliation, Sing the Sorrow represents a coalescing of the band's sound. And that's fine with AFI. "People have always either hated us or loved us," guitarist Puget told MTV.com, "And the reactions tend to be pretty extreme on both sides, but the hatred is just as cool because people are actually reacting. It's either, 'F*ck those guys,' or 'I f*ckin' love AFI. They rock.'"
Spin Magazine - Joe Gross
Retaining nü metal's mosh-friendly sonic whomp, the band replace the genre's pervasive despair with open-hearted punk uplift. (B+)

Retaining nü metal's mosh-friendly sonic whomp, the band replace the genre's pervasive despair with open-hearted punk uplift. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445038028
  • Catalog Number: 450380
  • Sales rank: 39,914

Album Credits

Performance Credits
AFI Primary Artist
Joe McGrath Background Vocals
Butch Vig Background Vocals
Jerry Finn Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Davey Havok Vocals, Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Geoff Kresge Background Vocals
Jade Puget Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ralph Saenz Background Vocals
Adam Carson Drums, Background Vocals
Nick 13 Background Vocals
Anna-Lynne Williams Vocals
Luke Wood Background Vocals
Chris Holmes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe McGrath Engineer
Butch Vig Producer
Jerry Finn Producer
AFI Composer
Jade Puget Programming, Executive Producer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Alan Forbes Illustrations
Jason Noto Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite album of all time

    this is the first afi album i had ever heard, and its what got me hooked. they're my favorite band now. i think anyone that likes punk, metal and alternative music should have this in their collection. every time you listen to this album, you find it even more beautiful. i wish there was more stars i could give this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An excellent album by an excellent band.

    First let me say that this album has one of AFI's best tracks in 'silver and cold,' but this is not their best album. Some of the tracks can seem a bit samey, but the artist is talented enough that the album never gets boring. Most of the writing is incredible, the vocals are great, and the guitar work is heavenly. If you're a fan of rock then you can't go wrong with this cd, or anything that AFI puts out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love AFI

    This is the best CD ive ever heard. The melodies are awesome and ill never get tired of hearing it. Its a hot album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fire Inside fan

    This album is pretty awesome, however, I think they started to experiment with different styles of music and just drifted away from what they were before. I love Jade's solo on Dancing Through Sunday! Most of the other songs on Sing the Sorrow are average, but not their best work. Out of all the AFI albums, I would say that I mostly enjoyed The Art of Drowning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sing the Sorrow

    Every once-in-a-while, we'll come across the odd band such as AFI. They have jumped out of the mediocrity that they used to be buried in and have tried another style. The songs are calm and serene, but they really are amazing such as "Silver and Cold". You'll be swept off your feet by the lyrics, the sound, and the mood and atmosphere. You don't have t listen to me, but this CD is highly recommended, even though it is my style. Listen to a few of the 30 second demoson this site and figure if you like it or not. I sure did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh, it is simply and purely awesome.

    This is how I first experienced Afi and I fell head over heels totally in love. Everything about this albu just compleely took me over and it is just the best music I have ever listened to. this Time imperfect is my personal favorite...I listen to it over and over and it still has not gotten old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST ALBLEM EVER!!!!!

    i total recomend this albem! Its the best and my personal favorite! If you just got into afi i recomend this albem, i guarentee you will LOVE it! AFI is the best band EVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AFI is the best

    First of all, AFI is one the best bands ever. This is, I think, their one of their best release yet. Jade's solo on track #5 (Dancing Through Sunday) is just amazing. These are very talented musicians that know how to rock. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys rock music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sing the sorrow is awewome

    I recently heard a copy of AFI's sing the sorrow. Man it was incredible. I loved it. Awesome Awesome cd from an Awesome band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    **UNBELIEVABLE**

    AFI is an outstanding rock group. i think this album is better than their earlier-more-hardcore albums. every song on here is different in meaning and in melody. my favorite tracks are celluloid dream, bleed black, and the great disappointment. jade's guitar playing in every song is excellent. check out their official site at afireinside.net - this is the BEST CD i've ever heard. their next album is due out for early 2005...cant wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sellouts?

    People calling AFI sellouts for changing their sound need to wake up. Seriously, they just wanted out of the drab BS sound EVERY other Punk band had right now, and get into a more unique sound. They still are punk true and true, but they went into a more rock sound and I for one think we need to praise them, not put them down. GREAT job guys, love the new sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sing the Sorrow

    I saw the song, "Cold And Silver" on Mtv2 and it was a great song. I had never heard of A.F.I before, but this has to be one of the top 5 cd's ever made. And one of the best songs, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST CD EVER

    this is the greatest cd i have ever gotten.....AFI is one of the greatest things out there....the lyrics are powerful, dark and melodic....anyone who loves morbid melodic music will love AFI's Sing the Sorrow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is music...

    So alright, I had read all the reviews online, and seen the countless people calling them sellouts. I had never heard any AFI before, so I decided to see what all the fuss is about. And I'm glad I did. I'm usually not into punk, or whatever it is you'd like to call this album, but the vocals are what does it for me, and the minimalized guitar lines on the album as well. Heck, I listen to emo and indie, and I love this whole album. And as far as the sell-out tag goes, well, I haven't heard any of AFI's older material, but I think it's natural for a band's sound to progress in it's quest for perfection. Look at Neil Young, he was putting out so many different sounding albums, no one knew how to place him exactly. Not to compare Neil Young and AFI though. Two entirely different genres. But I would heavily suggest this album to fans, of emo, indie, metal, goth, and pretty much heavy rock in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AFI IS THE BEST BAND EVER

    this is truly a great cd. i saw silver and cold on mtv 2 and fell in love with it so i went out and bought the cd and it is AWSOME you definitly have to buy it. afi is now my favorite band. i only bought this cd like a month ago and i already have the art of drowning, answer that and stay fasionable, all hallows ep, and black sails in the sunset (some of their other cds)i highly reccomend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AFI rocks!!

    this cd is the best one i have. everyone who loves punk or industrial music should get this. its not like anything else you will ever find in anyother band. they have their own unique style and type of music. THROUGH OUR BLEEDING WE ARE ONE AFI ROX!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD

    I definately didn't expect for this CD to be as awesome as it is. I bought it a while ago and it's still one of my favorites. Great record investment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    B00!!

    AFI's Sing The Sorrow ain't really a good album. David (vocals) looks like an evil vampire in it's soft stage (he can't smile either) with a wierd voice. WHAT KINDA NAME IS Jade?? It's s00000 sissy. But the guitars and bass rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AFI is the best!!

    I love Afi. i listen to them every day. if they were to ever retire i would cry. Davey Havok Is SOOOOOOOOOO HOTTT. I LOVE AFI. they are the best band ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BIG production!

    This is an excellent record. To be honest, I tried not to like it, because I'd heard bad things about it from people whose opinions I usually respect, but the songs wore me down, and I grabbed the album. There's not a stinker o the whole thing, though there are some points where I think a song's a bit redundant. Two songs that are similar enough that were one gone the album would still be good, but then I find something that sets it apart.... It holds up under multiple listens. I knocked one star off because the album has a rather compressed character, which many Butch Vig productions carry. Also because while Davey Havok has quite a range and alot of dynamics in his voice, he seems to sing from his throat rather than his chest alot of the time. This is nitpicking I know, but that's just how it sounds to me, and I am a nitpicker. In all, it's a great record all the way through with a sound that envelopes you, is near an hour in length, and leaves you wanting more.

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