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AFI - Burials Ranked (2017)

I actually made this list around when the album came out and it's been a while. The album's good songs hold up very well surprisingly and the bad tracks aren't completely unlistenable for the most part.

Rewind - I can't do this track. This is probably the one track by this band I have never liked and don't think I will ever like. I just don't think any of the melodies here are very good. The added vocals in the bridge seem like they are really cool but they aren't really brought to the forefront so they go unnoticed if you aren't paying attention. The chorus is just so meh too. I do think they put a lot into this track and I can definitely see this as a track that there isn't anything inherently wrong with, I just don't enjoy what has been presented to me but someone else probably can and will. Oh well.

The Conductor - I like this song, it's cool but I feel like it lacking a 3rd chorus/bridge makes it feel unfinished. And this is also overshadowed heavily by most of these other tracks

Wild - this track grew off on me hard and I used to like it a lot. I think the vocal production keeping them under the obnoxiously produced drums has something to do with it. Dumb Kids feels like a far more organic version of this song and succeeds because of it. It's a shame because I think the chorus and bridge are very well written, but I just never want to listen to this track anymore.

I Hope You Suffer - I forced myself to like this song since it was the first new AFI song to come out in forever when it came out. The verse is fine with its industrial influence and whatnot but that chorus was just god-awful to me. The song as a whole was something I was never excited to come back to. However seeing it live really made me change my opinion. This was an easy highlight of the night. They changed the key which felt darker/more appropriate and Davey's god walk was way more epic than I expected it to be. (2nd time live wasn't as special cuz this one guy who legitimately made me feel uneasy cuz he kept tapping me while sticking his tongue out at me, trying to get my attention while I was trying to just enjoy the song)

If the lyrics didn't suck this song would be much easier to enjoy. or at least if the chorus didn't say I Hope You Suffer a good three hundred and forty-two times. Still I overall grew to like it and it sits happily as my 9th favorite track on Burials

Heart Stops - This feels like an 80's movie credits song but that's cool. I really didn't like this track all that much on first listen but that chorus is just so fun and despite being so low, I really love it.

A Deep Slow Panic - one of the few pre-release tracks on this album. I think I always preferred 17 Crimes (i should really check that old list I made...) but this tracks release felt special. The chorus is beautiful and it just feels so AFI. Davey's voice may not be in top form but he sounds great here.

No Resurrection - there will forever be something about this track that always makes me compare it to Brand New's Deguasser. The tempo, the use of group vocals before the chorus, and well...those may be the only two things but still. Still comparing it to a top 10 song of all time for me is a big deal. This song may not be nearly as good in that respect but it's still a really well written track, different for AFI, and one of my favorite tracks on this album to come back to. The band does a great job at making this sound like both a jam session and a pretty moving track thanks to how strong the chorus is.

17 Crimes - after the I Hope You Suffer train died, this track came and blew me away. It's AFI writing a short catchy alt-rock track and it is by far the most catchy thing on here. This song does exactly what it sets out to do and it ends up being one of the most fun songs in AFI's discography.

The Embrace - A really well written song that has an outstanding use of Davey's harsher vocals even if they are used sparingly. The drums have a more electronic tone and I think that helps in making this song standout. This album doesn't really have any softer tracks but this song and Greater Than 84 are somewhat close in tone this band's more ballad-esque songs and having them exist is much appreciated.

Anxious - One of the most unique songs in AFI's discography. The chorus jams hard and the bridge has such an awesome build. This track was definitely an experiment for them and I think it paid off wonderfully.

Greater Than 84 - For the longest time this was my favorite and I still really love this song. Being by far the most STS out of all of these tracks, this one is easy to appreciate. The chorus and bridge are incredibly satisfying. I think this could have been a really strong single.

The Face Beneath The Waves - okay...I started off liking this song because I thought I had to. This was the first AFI album I had listened to properly (front to back without hearing the majority of it prior to doing so) and I thought I had to like the closer. It grew off me fast because I didn't think Davey did the song much justice being AFI's most engrossing instrumental possibly ever. Then my heart got broken and I began to appreciate simple lyrics and the atmosphere this song captures as a whole. Also experiencing this live was one of the best things ever. I still can't help but think STS Davey would have nailed this but I care so much less about that now. The train ride after first seeing this band I kept coming back to this song and I went through multiple time periods this past year of just having this song on repeat. It took 3+ years, but I can finally say that this is one of this band's best songs and one of my favorites.
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