AFI
Sing the Sorrow


5.0
classic

Review

by Derek Marchewka USER (21 Reviews)
November 25th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: AFI best effort showcases the band's knack for originality, talent and cleverness, track after track, you will lose yourself to A Fire Inside

There have been many things that have lead me into great music: my brother giving a mixed tape filled with bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Jane's Addciton and of course, AFI.

I am a complete AFI fan boy, so keep that in mind, I'll try hard not to make this a fan boy review though. I first heard AFI in my brother's mixed tape, and the songs on the album were Totalimmortal, Morning Star, Girl's Not Gray and Silver and Cold. I liked Silver and Cold the most and decided to find what album they were off of, which led me to one of my first purchased albums, Sing the Sorrow. I was 9 at the time, and i still thought Sum 41 and Greenday had musical talent, so when I first picked up something that was actually good and very weird, I actually hated it, just because I was afraid of liking something that was different from my usual music. It was only after a few more years of my music taste improving that I realized what a work of art this album really was.

I also have Decemberunderground, which came out three years later, and I found it to be similar to this album but not quite as good. Then I went back and bought Art of Drowning, which is amazing but still not good as this. I just loved this album because it had the perfect amount of credibility, catchiness and originality to it to make it a classic. It takes you to another world, Miseria Cantare is such a strange and amazing intro (AFI always has great intro songs) that by the time The Leaving Song Pt.2 came on, I was already amazed at what I was hearing.

I saw on the back of the cover and saw the song title "Bleed Black." And thought, "What the ***, what a death song that's gonna be." I was pleasantly surprised though. The song is incredible, with a great chorus and the creepy breathing at the beginning. The rest of the album was just as amazing as the beginning. Silver and Cold is possibly my favorite song of all time, Dancing Through Sunday is Screamo at its finest. The Great Disappointment has a very beautiful chorus and saddening feel to it. The Leaving Song is a major highlight, with its simplicity, but great lyrics. This Celluloid Dream has a wonderful opening guitar riff and everything else in the song is solid. A few songs that arn't completely amazing are The Leaving Song Pt.II and Paper Airplanes just don't excite me as much as every other song on the album. Of course Girl's Not Gray is truly great, and But Home in Nowhere is haunting and is truly the example closing song. The poem in the middle is quite creepy and it feels like im on a different planet when listening to it.

The lyrics of AFI are quite intriguing, I don't think anyone is quite sure of all of what AFI completely is. After dozens upon dozens of listens, little parts of the lyrics are given away to you, I have different theories on what the lyrics truly are, but I will never really know. It's just another reason why they are so great, because they have really ***ed up lyrics. The album art is interesting in here, it really sets a mood for what the music is.

Buying Sing the Sorrow will definitely expand your music taste, but it will also give you an opportunity to think like you never have before. Song after song, the greatness just continues and when its over and done, you will feel like you never have before.



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botb
November 25th 2007


9686 Comments


While this is a great album, I don't personally think it deserves a 5. then again, your music tastes probably differ from mine a lot.

PhoenixRising
November 25th 2007


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally someone reviews this album! ugh...
Agree with above. Good album but not a 5 for me personally.

Fort23
November 25th 2007


2475 Comments


Um please dont post more than two or even one reviews a day.

but review is not too bad.This Message Edited On 11.25.07

McP3000
November 25th 2007


3941 Comments


Large no no to rating

LifeInABox
November 25th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I adore the album. 2 songs keep it from a 5, Paper Airplanes and Dancing Through Sunday.This Message Edited On 11.25.07

Twin Human Highway Flares
November 25th 2007


36 Comments


"Dancing Through Sunday is Screamo at its finest."
I doubt that. I really do.

I haven't heard this album for like five years and I hated it then so I doubt I'd like it now. Good review though, I guess, but it doesn't say anything about what they actually sound like.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 25th 2007


3768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Paper Airplanes is the best song. Opening Riff is sex.

rasputin
November 25th 2007


14546 Comments


The Art of Drowning and Black Sails in the Sunset are better albums than this one.

powerpop
November 25th 2007


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"and i still thought Sum 41 and Greenday had musical talent"

They do have a lot of musical talent, just as much as AFI. Especially Greenday, they play some classic pop-punk right there.

Chewie
November 25th 2007


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Green Day are sellouts, and Sum was cool, but their new album is really terrible.

McP3000
November 25th 2007


3941 Comments


AFI, Green Day, and Sum 41 are all horrible.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Why did anyone even bring up Green day and Sum 41 after the reviewThis Message Edited On 11.25.07

McP3000
November 25th 2007


3941 Comments


Im not. They were just mentioned so i said what i think of them.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Lol read the edit.

McP3000
November 25th 2007


3941 Comments


Oh. Hell if i know.

TimeToTurnTheTide
November 25th 2007


208 Comments


i agree with fort23, not too many reviews at once, quality not quantity. last person who i saw doing this quit the site after a day so ill wait before i comment

Metalikane
November 25th 2007


851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really love some of the songs on here, but a 5 is somewhat of a stretch in my opinion.

Bfhurricane
November 25th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with Spat, this album is awesome. Just short of classic for me, though every single song on this album rocks hard. Silver and Cold was the song that got me into AFI as well.

NOTINTHEFACE
November 25th 2007


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This album is spectacular. Never gets old.

Willie
Moderator
November 26th 2007


16019 Comments


When you give the album a 5 and then admit to being a fanboy, it's already too late to say that you'll try not to be one on the review...
I know a lot of people love this band, but to me he sounds like an angry chipmunk.

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