Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rolling Stone reviews Crash Love

Rolling Stone reviewed Crash Love and it will appear on their October issue. Many thanks to Edward for typing it out!

AFI, Crash Love * * * (3 out of 5 stars)

Despairing teens rejoice: Goth punks get back to basics

On 2006′s platinum-selling Decemberunderground, this Bay Area quartet mixed dance music and hair metal with their theatrically gloomy punk. This follow-up is more streamlined – but “streamlined” here means spidery guitars and wailed choruses, plus song titles like “Darling, I Want To Destroy You.” Davey Havok builds lyrics around the vague concept of a souring relationship, and amid some fetching singalongs (The Cure-y, uptempo “Veronica Sawyer Smokes”), he gets his dark mojo working with lines like “Go grab your bag, I’ll bring the gun.” It can sound like AFI are just writing for their upcoming fall tour: The bombastic “It Was Mine” could go on Green Day’s next disc.

Key tracks: “Veronica Sawyer Smokes,” “It Was Mine”

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