take an afi album, strip out all the backing vocals that defined their sound, remove the dark atmosphere, gut the lyrics of anything remotely poetic or meaningful, and have davey havok sing in the same tone the whole time. then you've got this hot mess. if you can't see how shallow and soulless this album is after listening to black sails or sing the sorrow, i don't know what to tell you. it's mindblowing how the same guy who wrote 'but home is nowhere' and 'this time imperfect' is capable of writing lyrics as generic and boring as those on this album. it's like watching van goh scribble in crayon on construction paper.
The saddest part is that this album wouldn't be getting as much shit if it wasn't written by AFI. It would probably be praised.
This is a fantastic album, but will forever be underrated by people who just won't accept that AFI has changed.
god. this just gets worse and worse the more I listen to it. the complete opposite of what other AFI albums do with repeated listens. I'm seriously considering just removing this from my library completely. When shuffle brings a song up from this, I just get the urge to listen to a good AFI song instead of settling for something so uninspired and just plain boring.
this is a very good album. you need to listen to it a few times and then it begins to come very good. on my first listen i didn't think much of it but i played it a few more times and now i really like it.