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  • Summary: The eighth full-length album for the rock band was produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Crash is easily A.F.I.'s best since 2003's "Sing the Sorrow," and the cheeky pop-punk chorus of 'Too Shy To Scream' is their first successful decree to boogie the night away.
  2. In no uncertain terms, Crash Love is an accomplishment that raises the bar for them as musicians and writers.
  3. The music of AFI wasn't always as daring as its fashion sense, but the NoCal band has grown with accelerating sophistication, stepping further beyond easy pop-punk thrashings to something grander, with music to match the mopey melodrama of Havok's words.
  4. Even though Crash Love isn't terribly progressive in scope and the band's '80s idolatry might one day run its course, the set is another highlight in a discography that's as consistent as it is expansive.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    AFI may not be breaking new ground, but they never forget who listens hardest.
  7. It's at the safest of removes; emote by rote, numbness by numbers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. MaryR
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    Terrific. Melodic and rockin', a worthy follow-up to Decemberunderground. Davey is in fine voice, and still testing all the different colors that voice will produce. Jade has stopped holding back--the guitars are loud and proud. Shy boys do win. Too Shy to Scrream will burrow it's way into your head like one of those worms from Star Trek III, and force you to dance around the house whether you like it or not. A winner! Expand
  2. JeremyW
    Oct 1, 2009
    9
    Up there with Sing the Sorrow and Black Sails amongst their best.
  3. Apr 7, 2013
    9
    I'm perplexed that any fan that doesn't like t heir recent material is still reviewing it ,anyhoo...
    Has you can see most of negative reviews
    are people who just downright dislike this band or expect them to remain in their old hardcore-punk (which I didn't find them to be all that great back in the day, Art of Drowning was probably the only CD I can honestly say I've considered and ended up buying).

    About Crash Love, I bought this the day of it's release (I got the 2 CD deluxe edition). It was one of the best CDs I've bought in recent years that is considered "mainstream" (for all those terminology gurus)
    and I loved about 95% of the CD (Including the demo tracks included on the second CD, which I loved that entire thing [it actually has been played more than the regular CD itself])

    There's a mix of genres on the CD and anyone open to alternative, 80s alternative-influenced, pop-punk/rock. Should definitely take a listen!
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  4. TruterR.
    Sep 30, 2009
    8
    Exactly what I didn't expect. A totally new sound from AFI. It may have lost that hardcore edge, but this new style isn't that bad at all. Something for everyone. Also the riffs are catchy and the choruses are melodic. I was most impressed by the sound engineering, the songs doesn't get dull on you that you need to press the "skip" button. Expand
  5. JasonS
    Nov 19, 2009
    7
    If I were younger maybe something I would play all the time. It's listenable but not in the best way for someone over a certain age.
  6. Mar 12, 2011
    6
    While Crash Love is stylishly produced and pays tribute to the pop-punk genre more than recent albums, it's sad when the most devoted fans are disappointed by Havok's lackluster in the lyrical content department, as well as the band's overall depth. Expand
  7. JamesS.
    Nov 13, 2009
    2
    That Americans continue to listen to this suburban teen crap reminds me why I never want to go back there. Honestly - America - your latest generation has been raised by marketing execs hiding behind fake entertainment, and now you are paying the price by becoming zombies. Expand

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