So as we all know along time ago AFI decided to go Major Label as most bands decide to do after years of work. Why am I bringing this old news up? While undergoing a switch to a Major Label they’ve also undergone a change in their music and sound. That punk band that you once mashed to in the pit, or would listen to when you just felt like ignoring people or having a good time is gone in most of this album. Yes Gone. The one thing that I can promise you that hasn’t changed is Davey’s voice. Now don’t get me wrong at all this album isn’t horrible it’s a good album that’s just strikes you as a realizable change.
You’ve all by now have heard the released single “Girls Not Grey,” which practically sounds just like every other song compared to their last few songs. Makes you happy your thinking rox they haven’t changed mainstream on me. That’s the only song on this album that sounds like that. Comparing the sound of AFI today to their past albums from their very first one Answer That and Stay Fashionable to Very Proud of Ya to Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes to Black Sails in Sunset to last release of The Art of Drowning which gave you a little bit of a hint that this once so “Very Punk Band” as quoted from Rolling Stones Magazine was slowly maybe losing their punk or going to a softer kind of rox?
It’s undoubtedly noticeable that AFI’s edge is somewhat nowhere to be found in this album. The music’s not as hardcore, the drums stay somewhat quietly heard in the background, while the bass is every once and while loud, everything is mainly played out by the sound of an electric/acoustic guitar. Don’t think that it sounds horrible. The music still brings this album to a new kind of level for AFI if they were wanting to try something different…they did, and your probably hear more guitar solo’s on here then any other album that AFI has put out. Especially on the track entitled “Silver and Cold.” And in some cases like “Dancing Through Sunday,” all you mainly hear is an electric and the way the song is done kind of makes you think of such bands as Glassjaw and even Thursday.