Sing the Sorrow is the sixth studio album by American rock band AFI. Recorded at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, California between 2002 and 2003. It was produced by Jerry Finn and Butch Vig.
Sing the Sorrow received critical acclaim from music critics who praised its melodies and musicianship as well its mature sound in comparison to the band's previous material. The album sold 96,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States reaching 5th on the Billboard 200 and also charted in Canada and the United Kingdom. It has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as being certified Platinum in Canada. The album was supported by three singles: "Girl's Not Grey", "The Leaving Song Pt. II" and "Silver and Cold" which have since successfully charted within the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts.
Musically Sing the Sorrow is a departure from the hardcore punk and horror punk genres featured in the band's previous Black Sails in the SUnset. While the album does feature elements of hardcore punk and punk rock, the album also features elements of post-hardcore, alternative rock, gothic rock and emo. It is more experimental than previous AFI albums. Sing the Sorrow includes instruments other than guitar, bass and drums, such as piano and strings. Lyrically the album is darker and more poetic than previous works. It includes a hidden track containing a spoken word poem accompanied by piano keys and distorted synth sounds. The song "Death of Seasons" is noted for featuring elements of techno.
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