AOTY 2020

In Sickness & in Flames

The Front Bottoms - In Sickness & in Flames
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #714 / 765
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2020 Ratings: #545
Liked by 4 people
August 21, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled By Ramen / Label
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Easily the best album The Front Bottoms have put out since they were signed to the label Fueled By Ramen, In Sickness & In Flames has some of the same catchy songwriting and sincerity that were featured on their self titled album and Talon of the Hawk. Those two albums have stuck with me for some time from the group and allowed the group to blow up in the music scene. Well, blow up in small sects of a listening fan base, but you have to admit that the fans they have procured are pretty ... read more
Track for track solid indie rock with a strong Modest Mouse vibe to it that really throws back to the genre's glory days.

Light 7/10


So many of you know I'm from the great state of New Jersey. Being here means that you can't say you don't like The Front Bottoms within state lines. One time a kid in my class said they didn't like them and somebody came and took the kid outside and we heard a loud bang but my teacher said that was unrelated. The Front Bottoms, believe it or not, are highly respected here. I've loved their music for years but I only return to the first ... read more
As somebody who let The Front Bottoms define her personality when she was 15, I think I'm obligated to be at least a little disappointed in their "new stuff," as are most former die-hard fans of any band. Still, TFB's latest effort shows that Fueled By Ramen has not completely lobotomized them yet.

For what it is, this record is too long at just twelve tracks. "new song d" and "love at first sight" drag on FAR beyond what's satisfying. There are some fun tracks ... read more
The Front Bottoms have been my favorite band to grow up and mature alongside with. In Sickness & In Flames shows that the edge has dulled in favor of harmony. The lyrics are still simple and fun. The music still drives my body between dancing and moshing.

I enjoyed this album more than I was expecting, and couldn't be more pleased.
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Track List

  1. Everyone Blooms
  2. Camouflage
  3. Jerk
  4. The Truth
  5. Montgomery Forever
  6. The Hard Way
  7. Leaf Pile
  8. New Song D
  9. Fairbanks, Alaska
  10. Love at First Sight
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Added on: August 7, 2020