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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Canadian rock quintet was produced with Julius "Juice" Butty.
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  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  1. SimonC.
    Aug 23, 2009
    10
    Every new Alexis on fire album is different from the previous ones. At first, I was skeptic about this one but after a while, we get used to Every new Alexis on fire album is different from the previous ones. At first, I was skeptic about this one but after a while, we get used to It and it is even better from the previous ones! Expand
  2. loader
    Aug 24, 2009
    10
    Truly awesome album.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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 Collapse
  5. CharlesH.
    Aug 20, 2009
    6
    Cannot compete with their first three albums.