AFI
Answer That And Stay Fashionable


3.5
great

Review

by ShadowAmI USER (6 Reviews)
July 20th, 2010 | 45 replies | 11,575 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An immature AFI.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

When people look at the review of a legendary band's first release, they are typically checking to see how it compares to the albums that made the band legendary in the first place. In AFI's case, their first release simply does not compare to their Magnum Opus(es). This is not to say that it is not worth listening to. AFI provide a great introduction to the band without any of the flair that is to come in the later releases. This was back when AFI could be very easily placed in one genre, and this genre was hardcore punk. The music is fast paced and raw enough and of the three albums in AFI's early career, Answer That and Stay Fashionable is the best one.

If you haven't heard any of AFI's first releases, you're in for a surprise. Forget about the fantastic horrorcore lyrics you find in their three mid-career albums and forget about the snazzy effects and 80's-esque atmosphere from their latest two. Davey's lyrical style hasn't really came into form yet on this album and although the songs still have meaning behind them, the meaning is more direct and the lyrics are far easier to decipher than on later albums. The vocal delivery itself is also less mature, based upon the fact that most songs have infectious choruses and pop punk hooks. Good examples of this are in the songs “Rizzo In The Box” and “Ny-Quil”. These songs are still great songs, its just that they are very pop punk. Most of the songs found here are faster and more up beat, while being less emotionally-charged than most of their newer songs. The guitar work here mostly consists of chord progressions rather than any sort of melody and to be honest a lot of the songs sound the same.

Although there are a few notable differences between this album and newer AFI albums, a lot of the classic AFI style is still present. For example there are still the stand-out basslines that make the music interesting. There are also still the “Whoa-Oh” backup vocals that dot most of AFI's songs. Whether or not that is a good thing is up to you. Basically the the sound of this album is what you would expect to hear from a less mature AFI. It is indeed worth your time to get this because it has a lot of awesomely catchy songs on it.

Final Rating: 3.5



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ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


wtf how do i fix this

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


nvm

8bit
July 20th 2010



3315 Comments


Looks kind of short but isn't. Good review, pos'd.

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


thanks guys :D what are you guys' favorite AFI albums? oh and how does this compare to my other reviews?

8bit
July 20th 2010



3315 Comments


My favorite album is Sing the Sorrow, but the other one I've heard is December Underground ahaha.

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


if those two are all you've heard you should definitely give Black Sails in the Sunset a listen. or at least listen to the song "God Called in Sick Today" its an utter classic

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


that album is probably my favorite of theirs as well. but it changes between sing the sorrow, the art of drowning, and black sails in the sunset all the time but when i fall in love with sing the sorrow i fall hard lol

AtavanHalen
July 20th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sing the Sorrow > all

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


God Called in Sick Today may be their best song.

Pizza
July 20th 2010



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

black sails, sts, and art of drowning are all equally as awesome. i'm one of those huge afi fanboys though so w/e

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


have you seen them live?

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


did they play anything from back in the day?

Pizza
July 20th 2010



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

saw them in 06 and 07, i was at the show that they made the dvd out of. it was mindblowing but it's sad that now they rarely play anything pre-sts except maybe a couple songs.

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


shit i didn't even know they had a DVD. i need to get my hands on that

Pizza
July 20th 2010



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's pretty cool. check out afiseries.com also for more videos that fans have shot and put up themselves (i havent been there in a while though so i'm not sure if they still have all of the ones they used to). you can probably find a lot on youtube but i've never really searched on there

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


yeah earlier today i scoured youtube for live videos of black sails era AFI :p and ill check out that link in a few

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


nice, although davey looks like a huge fag haha

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


true haha

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/pv/AFI-4.jpg pretty much

ShadowAmI
July 20th 2010



1542 Comments


lol he doesnt look like the same person at all



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