Old Crows/Young Cardinals

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2009
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. this hodgepodge approach should certainly bring Alexisonfire some U.S. rock radio airplay, especially such standout tracks as the leadoff single, 'Young Cardinals,' as well as the album-opening 'Old Crows,' 'The Northern,' and the surprisingly tranquil and sweetly sung album closer, 'Burial.'
  2. Alternative Press
    70
    It sounds like all those summers hanging at the cottage with Lemmy Kilmister and Lars Frederiksen finally made him realize there's more than one way to blow out your vocal cords. That makes Old Crows/Young Cardinals a welcome reinvention. [Aug 2009, p.106]
  3. Its faults are minimal, though its highs are somewhat indistinguishable. In the end, you're left with a wash of mid-paced, hook-laden and relatively solid post-post-hardcore.
  4. But from supposedly passionate Vonnegut fans we could do without ‘Sons Of Privilege’ and its student union pop at Uncle Sam (chief findings: U.S.A.=B.A.D.), while much of the rest slips into shouty default mode.
  5. Now the songwriting is more ambitious, cerebral and not always out to attack, and third vocalist Wade MacNeil is increasingly putting his stamp on the sound. It doesn’t always come together.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    7
    A Change from there previous releases, seemed to be more music focused, with it seeming to be more commercialised. Still a good album though,A Change from there previous releases, seemed to be more music focused, with it seeming to be more commercialised. Still a good album though, but not as good as the previous releases Full Review »
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    9
    An amazing album with only 1 or 2 simply "decent" songs. Beautiful poetic lyrics especially in the last song which is my favourite on theAn amazing album with only 1 or 2 simply "decent" songs. Beautiful poetic lyrics especially in the last song which is my favourite on the album. This singer has a great voice. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2010
    7
    Bland!