Album Rating: 4.0
Canadian quintet Alexisonfire have grown once more, this time incorporating an element of hard-rock into their punky post-hardcore sound. Longtime fans may have issues ("we are not the kids we used to be, stop wishing for yesterday"), but it results in an accessible & anthemic 4th album that includes some genuine "wow" moments. George's new raspier screams are hit & miss, but it's negated by the 3 vocalists being more cohesive than ever. As consistent, passionate & energetic as always, 'Old Crows/Young Cardinals' rivals 'Crisis' as their best LP. Recommended Tracks: Born and Raised, Old Crows, Accept Crime & The Northern.