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Another personal note: I had heard of (and heard) AFI before they were getting major radio airplay and selling records like hotcakes, thanks to a friend of mine who said I had to check out this great album called The Art of Drowning a few years ago. I gave it a couple listens, thought something along the lines of "eh, these guys ain't bad" and then forgot about it, but a while ago some reviews I read on this site piqued my interest, and I decided to give these guys another shot. Anyway, long story short, I'm glad I decided to look beyond my first impression, because the Art of Drowning is one mighty impressive album. It's not quite London Calling, or Refused's The Shape of Punk To Come (in this writer's opinion the best album released under the punk label, hands down), but it's an effort that shows a considerable amount of range and musicianship in a genre where those two qualities are often sorely lacking.
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If you're a fan of fast punky music with a slight gothic twist, you are sure to enjoy this album as much as i have. If you're just getting into AFI, i recommend you start with this one. Davey's vocals are absolutely beautiful, and the bands amazing talent shines the whole way through.
Each track on here has its own unique sound and they are all quite catchy. The songs at the beginning of the CD are louder and faster, then they sort of mellow out near the end. I could listen to this album over and over and never grow tired of it.Please, do yourself a favor and buy this album today. You won't regret it!
Prior to this release, I hardly listened to punk (I still don't to this day), but a friend of mine wanted me to burn a copy of this CD for him. I said okay. As I put it on, it grabbed my attention.
"The Art of Drowning" was a hardrocking anthemic punk album, and it's a damn fine album. From the moment I heard "The Lost Souls" (yeah, I know it's not the first track... the very first track didn't grab my attention), I was like, "Whoa." But unlike the punk bands that I had heard at the time (Rancid, Clash, Misfits, etc...), there was something different about AFI: the lyrics. Unlike hearing simple screaming lyrics that talked of defying authority or something of that matter, I heard poetry. Poetry? In a punk band? With loud, heavy, and fast music? Whoa! This is something completely different for me. Though you may not notice it in the first few songs, "Ever and a Day" clearly showed that for me (maybe that track foreshadowed what would be featured in their next album, "Sing the Sorrow").
As much as I appreciated the album, I wasn't too fond of Davey's vocals. Though he's got amazing range, I found myself not understanding what he's saying most of the time. But for some of the songs that I kinda understood, I still enjoyed it. Excellent fast-paced punk music that'll get you riveted and blood rushing. And for some of the band's more "softer" moments, like the awesome "A Story at Three" or final track "Morningstar," you're in for a treat. "The Days of the Phoenix" is supposedly the biggest highlight of the album, though I see nothing too special about it *awaits for angry replies*.
Above all: a solid punk album with some surprising, well-thought out poetic lyrics. But don't be fooled because I said "poetic lyrics." There's a lot of fast-paced punk music that'll make you bang your head.
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Always loved AFI. This was the first album I heard and fell in love with it. The vinyl only song on this record is great. I actually never heard it before.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perfect from beginning to end. The best album these guys have made.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some of AFI's best work was done on this album. "A Story At Three," "Ever And A Day," "Wester," and "Days Of The Phoenix" are all fantastic pieces... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan
That's As far as fast paced agressive punk goes. I dont care about tue whole before/after debate. I liked them before that and i loved tjem after StS. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by soldano
My daughter loves it... She has it on CD and she wanted to hear how it would sound on Vinyl. She enjoyed it even more.. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Gil M.
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