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Crash Love

A.F.I.Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B002LFAHDW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the eighth full length studio album from the Alt-Rockers. Crash Love is indeed informed not only by the ever-evolving chemistry between the musicians in the band but also by the members' personal lives and, perhaps most of all, by the always intense relationship between A.F.I. and its fans. While Crash Love is the first A.F.I. record to feature such prevalent sociopolitical and observational perspectives, the darkly personal lyrical strain is distinctly present on standout tracks like 'Medicate' and its stark portrait of a user/enabler relationship, as well as throughout the ill fated death ride scenario of 'End Transmission.'

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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Fan, First Time Reviewer September 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Alright, for starters I have been into AFI for years and years. As most people have stated: with each new album, AFI has "progressed" or "grown" (or "sold out" or something else negative). Crash Love is nothing different. AFI sounds completely different here compared to december underground which was released a little over 3 years ago. So, let's kinda hop to this...

This cd is one that is either going to grow on you, or you'll end up absolutely hating it. I have listened entirely through a few times and there are definitely some stand out tracks.

Let it be know here and now, Davey does NOT scream on this album. For me, that was a pretty large disappointment. (I haven't kept up on the news with these guys lately, but did he screw up his vocal cords again? I knew that happened before decemberunderground and he had to change the style of screams he uses). Anyways, with that being said, I believe he was trying to prove he still has chops when it comes to singing. And he definitely does. At times though, the vox get a little tiresome and seem forced. Lyrically, well-I don't believe this is Havok's strongest album for lyrical content. For a real treat, I recommend Black Sails or else Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes for some great vocals and lyrics from Havok.

When it comes to the guitar- Jade is in his own league. I am not saying he's the next SRV,Hendrix, or Satriani or anything- but WOW. On this whole cd, really listen to the layers of guitar work here. Personally, I think his work towards this album is what kept me from giving it a 2 star rating. Really, Jade's riffs and solos on this disc are fantastic. No matter what happens to AFI, this guy should always be able to find work. Yes, the single "Medicate" has good work, but listen to the whole album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crash, Love (short and sweet review) November 2, 2009
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Crash Love is another step in the ever evolving AFI sound. From a musical standpoint, this album is great. Jade continues to be an amazing guitarist/musician. The guitar layering, solos and rhythm give this cd a very full melodic sound. Davey's vocals are strong and powerful (sorry, no screaming in this one kids). The bass lines and drums pull everything together giving it that special AFI sound.

From a song standpoint, the lyrics are (as you would expect from AFI) amazing. Davey continues to provide words which paint a vivid picture in your mind throughout each song. The songs themselves range from fist pumping, to heart string pulling. There is really a wide range of experiences with each song.

Bottom Line
*If you like Sing The Sorrow, and December Underground you will most likely enjoy this album.
*This is Rock, not punk. (I don't mean that in a negative light, I mean from a musical perspective)
*If you want hard, fast, punch you in the face punk rock, you will probably be disappointed.

Additional Note:
The cd doesn't do these songs justice in my opinion. I saw them perform many of these live recently, and the power from a live show really makes these songs stand out.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFI fans... December 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've only been listening to AFI for about three years, but I've gone back and picked up the old stuff. Now, even though I'm new to AFI, I'm certainly no newcomer to rock music. I've noticed something pretty unique about AFI fans though... they are the most name-dropping, nit-picking, tight-wound bunch of music consumers in the game. Some other bands' fans are that way sometimes, but AFI fans, WHOA! Seriously, try an experiment. Scan all the other reviews for this album and the previous two, and see how many reviews you find that DON'T (1) rank AFI's whole catalog, (2) directly compare each song on this album with a "counterpart" song on another, and (3) try and justify the similarities or lack thereof with either selling out or maturing.

Hey AFI fans: GIVE IT A REST.

What kind of service are you offering the band with this kind of behavior? If I were a member of AFI, I'd be a basket case after reading a page of Amazon reviews. The guys have made the clearest statement you could ask for, and they've made it repeatedly: "Every album they make is different than the others." Why is that so hard? If you hate this album, just keep spinning your preferred album and stop poisoning the well for everybody else.

Crash Love is, without any comparison to another album, a very good listen. I was lukewarm to it on my first pass, but after a few more times the intricacies began to show, and I could appreciate how each song is finely crafted and carefully detailed. Each track is strong, and there's a wide variety of moods and energies. Any fan of rock music can find plenty to enjoy here.

If you're a stranger to AFI and you're put off by the schizophrenic rambling in these reviews, just ignore them and listen to the album without all the baggage. I promise you can like AFI and not have to engage in all this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No singing in sorrow this time October 7, 2009
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So, AFI has done it again. They're taken a step in another direction with their latest work. While this step my be slightly backwards, it is in no way back to the year 2003. As a relatively new "fan" of AFI, I came to know the band via "Girl's Not Grey" and "Silver and Cold" but it wasn't until "Miss Murder" that I outright had to buy what they were selling. Therefore, unlike most people who have an opinion of AFI that is chronologically past to present, mine is a bit more present to past. After exposure to DecemberUnderground's... 'uniqueness', I had to see what else the California quartet was offering. Weeks after buying DecemberUnderground, I bought AFI's Sing the Sorrow [STS] and found musical euphoria. Hard hitting guitar riffs, overly epic choruses, and an atmospheric intensity unlike no other, Sing the Sorrow was magical. From there, I chronologically worked my way backwards all the way to Answer that and stay Fashionable. Along the way, I became fond of Black Sails in the Sunset[BSITS] (possibly my second favorite AFI release) and The Art of Drowning. More than once, on long car rides from college to home, I'd listen to AFI from Answer That to DecemberUnderground [DU], trying to figure out the evolution and understand how they went from "I want a Mohawk (But mom won't let me get one)" to "The Interview", two completely different songs. Although I do enjoy some of their earlier work, I began to feel at home somewhere between "Clove Smoke Catharsis" and "Now the World". With that being said (and my credibility verified), I can now review Crash Love.

I liked parts of DU, "Miss Murder", "Kiss and Control", the fantastic "Summer Shudder", and even the song most often labled as the abomination of DU, "Kill Caustic".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got to enjoy a band that continues to push themselves, even if they falter now and again.
Published 1 month ago by Nate D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, but no Screaming
While I wasn't a fan of Medicate the first handful of times I heard it on the radio, I still bought the album and I actually like it a lot overall. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MUCbox
1.0 out of 5 stars INCONCEIVABLE!!
This album sounds like it was made to be like pop and played on the radio 24/7 .... I really wanted to like this album
Published 10 months ago by Hignuff
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not my FAVORITE AFI CD, but it's pretty awesome!
I've been a fan of AFI for about 10 years now. I've loved most of their CDs, and to follow suit, I also love this one. My favorite will always be Sing the Sorrow, though!
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars havent listened to them in a while
I used to LOVE afi and idk why I even stopped listening to them. but I started listening to them again and all I did was listen to the samples of these songs and I love it.
Published 13 months ago by ErynS
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash Love Soars
This album is upbeat and poppy sounding, but true to AFI. The lyrics speak of heartache, sorrow, and lost love. I enjoyed this album very much.
Published 13 months ago by Vanessa Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best effort yet
Solid album. Tight tracking. Strong vocals. Most impressive work of AFI's long career. There are at least 8 killer tracks on here.
Published 14 months ago by Brian Lacharite
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, truly excellent
I don't remember what I expected when I first picked this CD up, so I'm not sure how any expectations I might have had could have influenced how I ended up feeling about the music. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sheyshey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Progression
I have been a fan of AFI for a long time. I love the direction they went with this album. Bands mature, sounds change, and Crash Love does that perfectly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Matthew Kumm
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy
I would like a little more variety. And does vocalist have to speak on every song? I guess he does.
Published 20 months ago by Elwood Blues
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