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Editors’ Notes

Following 2006’s Decemberunderground, frontman Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget birthed electronic project Blaqk Audio, and Havok launched the Glitterboy Clothing fashion line while bass man Hunter Burgan toured with his old band the Force. But none of these distractions diluted the music of Crash Love, as evidenced by behemoth opener “Torch Song,” a soaring serenade of pained adoration, shaded melodies, and dark romantic lyrics. “Too Shy to Scream” boasts stompy drumming culled from Bow Wow Wow’s cover of “I Want Candy” and Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes,” though the catchy chorus is what makes this one a standout. The equally infectious “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” is largely influenced by post-goth tones from late-‘80s Manchester (before The Stone Roses changed everything). With a barbed guitar riff, triumphant gang vocals and a melody that will latch onto your brain and lay eggs, “Medicate” is the money jam.

Customer Reviews

Crash Love track by track review

AFI's Crash Love is their most unique, different, and grand album to date. Some will love it, some will hate it. AFI changes with every new album, which for me always keeps it appealing. Below is my Crash Love review.

TORCH SONG: 4/5
This song is erie at parts, yet still a great rock song. Cliche lyrics like "Tear my eyes out" coupled with awkward backing vocals make for offpar choruses though. Still, the song is definitely one of AFI's best openers to date.

END TRANSMISSION: 5/5
There is one song on every AFI album that seems to stand above the rest, and End Transmission is this song. It features an 80's like vibe throughout most of the song, and showcases the band's wonderful progression. There is just no way you can not like this song!

BEAUTIFUL THIEVES: 3.8/5
This song can be slightly generic, like Medicate, but it's grand and explosive choruses (featuring a choir - which may seem odd for AFI) give the song a sort of epic feeling. Would make a great single.

TOO SHY TO SCREAM: 4.5/5
Honestly my favorite on the record. You may call it too poppy, but Davey knows how to convey darker messages through his lyrics which provide a pleasant contrast. The clapping reminds me of Manson's "Beautiful People" and makes this song very enjoyable to listen to; and a great song for them to play live.

VERONICA SAWYER SMOKES: 4/5
It's kinda funny because Davey wrote this song off of his childhood crush, and being literally crushed when he figured out she smoked. Nonetheless, this song is still fun while maybe being silly to others. You may find that the choruses get stuck in your head!

OKAY, I FEEL BETTER NOW: 4.2/5
This song is full of emotion and features slower verses which only build up to a powerful chorus and even more emotional bridge. Give it repeated listens to really appreciate it!

MEDICATE: 2.8/5
Honestly, first singles are never good, but Medicate is probably their worst one yet. There just isn't much going on in the song. Easily the worst lyrics on the album, almost the entire song is sung through Davey's monotone voice with little variety. There is one thing that holds this song up, and that's the bridge; which is oddly enough one of my favorites on the album.

I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO BE HERE: 4.5/5
The chorus of this song showcases one of Crash Love's many treasures, as it features the famous lyric "Flash Flash Car Crash". The verses aren't half bad either, and make for wonderful transitions. Such a catchy song is likely to appear on the radio some day, and I would love if as many people heard IATVHTBH as possible.

SACRILEGE: 4.7/5
There's a lot going on in Sacrilege that makes it one of those "love or hate" things. Beginning with vocals reminisicent of AFI's earlier days, and leads into a smooth chorus all with a guitar solo at the end. The anti-religious lyrics might turn people off though.

DARLING, I WANT TO DESTROY YOU: 3.6/5
The other slow song on Crash Love isn't as great as the previous effort. Davey's voice is sort of auto-tuned in this song, which is a turn off from the start. The chorus reminds me of a Fall Out Boy song (yuck). I can understand why people would like this song though, it's very radio friendly.

COLD HANDS: 3.4/5
This song has a metal feel to it which is out of place on an AFI record. The song is extremely layered and over produced which sort of gives it a complicated sound. The chorus is generic and forgettable but the bridge is nice. Overall, skip this one.

IT WAS MINE: 4/5
Crash Love's opener is just as great as it's closer. It Was Mine has a very grand feel to it, and really displays the album's message of celebrity, "they've been recording all we say". The bridge features the choir ladies again and they do seem out of place. Still, give this one a listen, as it is an emotional song with a nice ending and opening.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5 (But I gave it 5 stars)
Crash Love is AFI's poppiest album to date, yet it only fits in with their natural progression and seems to flow perfectly for where they are now. All AFI fans new and old, fans of The Cure, Smashing Pumkins, and Morissey, need to try out Crash Love as it is sure to be a record you won't forget.

What?-A Great Dissapointment

When I first listened to this album, I thought maybe that it had potential, that it was good. but the more I listened, the more deflated I got. I actually didn't think I liked DU that much, but now that this album came out I'm seeing DU in a whole new light. And I realize there are some songs I really love on that album, as I am appreciating in it all the things "Crash Love" lacks that I took for granted. The music is ok, and I actually think the choir thing is ok, but almost every song sounds the same. Hardly any variation. Just generic. And the melodies are so...poppy. I'm ok with catchiness, but they are so poppy that I can hardly stand it. And what happened to the lyrics? Has Davey Havok forgotten how to write? I mean the subject of the album seemed to be good (though I don't usually like things about relationships), but it is expressed in such generic terms that I feel almost pained listening to the songs. I mean, that was one of the things I prized about AFI the most: unique lyrics that expressed something in such a beautiful and accurate way like no one else can. but come on?-"I'll tear out my eyes for you my dear?". Good God. There are some shining moments that gave me hope that any sparks of creativity still reside in AFI. One was in "Ok, I feel better now" when he sang "I've been feigning for you every vital sign". And the melody was so heartbreaking (but then, the song turned for the worst when they mentioned the "last lie and the heartbreak"). another was in "I am trying very hard to be here" during the chorus and when they say "so change your name and keep your face". Sacrilegious was in my opinion the best song on the album, and the interlude in Medicate was good. But that's it. These are just parts of songs. On top of it all, WHERE IS THE PASSION? Davey sings well, but with almost no emotion! I didn't think it was possible, but this proved me wrong. I guess his heart just wasn't into it this time. Believe me. I am not one of those AFI fans that wants them to stay the same or go back to being punk. I'm all for progression. But this is not progression. If anything, its regression. The uniqueness & individuality has gone away, innovation has decreased, the musical complexity has remained the same, the quality of the lyrics has grossly decreased, and the passion & emotion that is characteristic to AFI has gone. Yes, Its catchy. But I look for a little more than that in an album. And I thought AFI stood for more than just being "catchy".

?

I've been with AFI since the beginning, and every album has been a logical progression of their music. I was a little taken back by DECEMBERUNDERGROUND but there were songs that shined through and made the album. Crash Love however is really weak. Every song is really poppy and lacks the raw energy and songsmithing that AFI always has. I've only listented to the album a few times, but so far I am really disappointed. I love these guys, but what happened?

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Ukiah, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they didn't reach platinum status until 2003, hardcore punk revivalists AFI originally formed in 1991, when the band's four founding members — vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Markus Stopholese, bassist Vic Chalker, and drummer Adam Carson — were attending high school in Ukiah, California. Chalker was replaced by Geoff Kresge after eight months, and the band played several local gigs and released a split 7", Dork, with fellow Ukiah natives Loose Change (a band that incidentally...
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