Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Just when the strings, piano, and rainstorm effects threaten to turn Sing the Sorrow into a My Dying Bride album, there is a burst of hardcore like "Dancing Through Sunday" to recall California pioneers of the genre like Dead Kennedys or SST transplants Husker Du.
  2. The songs may have opened up around him, but Havok's lyrics are as pained and sharp as they ever were.
  3. It's terrifically exciting stuff. [Apr 2003, p.101]
  4. Sing the Sorrow is not exactly a concept album, but it does have a singleness of dark purpose that builds in momentum as the disc progresses.
  5. 83
    As big and slick a rock record as you're likely to hear all year. [Apr 2003, p.101]
  6. The songs combine the most pretentious and overworked elements of their influences. [21 Mar 2003, p.112]
  7. Sing The Sorrow soars with the kind of melodies hit singles are made of, yet it somehow persists with AFI's esoteric darkness. [Apr 2003, p.69]
  8. 60
    What's keeping the band from achieving a unique identity are Havok's generic whine and medoicre lyrics. [#15, p.120]
  9. Well-produced, albeit predictable.
  10. A well-crafted mix of hardcore bluster, determined melody and anthemic grandness that boasts depth and texture rarely heard from the Warped Tour ilk.
  11. Longtime fans might take it like a kick to the head, but this band is clearly moving toward bigger things.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 190 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 129
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    10
    Simply amazing is all I need to say. On the other hand, the two follow-ups to this album are definitely widely underrated, and should be appreciated more. I'm definitely looking forward to a 2012 AFI album. They better make it happen. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    9
    Truly phenomenal... Although quite different from anything before, there is more of the slow, emotional songs that got them this record deal. From the punk genius of Dancing Through Sunday, to the anger of The Leaving Song II, and finally the pure musical beauty of ...But Home Is Nowhere and its two hidden tracks, which is the definite highlight of the album. This album has everything. Including one of the greatest songs ever written, the hidden track This Time Imperfect. Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2011
    9
    It's everything you wouldn't expect from a hardcore punk band from California: beautifully produced, cleverly written, and wonderfully melodic. Regardless of the album's severely dark nature, Sing the Sorrow could appeal to any kind of audience that even remotely enjoy rock music. "The Leaving Song, Pt II" retains all of the bands hardcore punk roots, yet experiments heavily with pop-punk and alternative, while "Silver & Cold" introduces something entirely new into the AFI world: a rock ballad. I can honestly say that Sing the Sorrow is "almost" a work of art, if it weren't for the album's slight repetition. Full Review »