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AFI (The Blood Album)

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album)
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #606 / 724
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2017 Ratings: #706
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club
The record illustrates that the members of AFI are deeply committed to forward motion, and remain as fired up now as they were 25 years ago.
80
AllMusic
There's certainly enough here to prove that post-Nitro AFI are a better and stronger group, unafraid to continue pushing their sound with each release.
80
Alternative Press

Epic-sounding and true to that signature AFI sound, AFI (The Blood Album) will be a record that stands out for hardcore fans, while picking up some new ones along the way. The fire is definitely still inside AFI.

75
The 405

While AFI (The Blood Album) may not have the mainstream crossover potential that the band enjoyed a decade ago with Sing the Sorrow and DECEMBERUNDERGROUND, it is still a highly enjoyable album that both diehard fans and anyone looking for massive rock hooks alike should enjoy, despite faltering a bit toward the end.

70
Clash
Fortunately, it’s pretty much business as usual on ‘The Blood Album’.
70
Drowned in Sound

AFI has little in the way of stumbles and no real clunkers to speak of, but a sense of familiarity and repetition creep in before the finish. It’s not enough to tarnish the gems but a greater commitment to ruthlessness would have been welcome. Still, this is a strong rebirth from an outfit that, perhaps appropriately, doesn’t quite know how to wither away.

60
Exclaim!

The Blood Album ... It's hard to shake off singer Davey Havok's sterile lyrics, especially when many of the choruses lean heavily on his bold, operatic delivery yet are somewhat squandered on half-cocked one-liners. For a 14-track record, there are some questionable inclusions, too.

58
Consequence of Sound

In the three years since their last release, Burials, AFI had to choose between staying the course of recent history or reverting to their hardcore roots. In this case, they chose the shelter of mainstream acceptance, a predictable – if disappointing – decision.

50
Pitchfork

Perhaps it’s all worth it if The Blood Album spurs a rejuvenated interest in Sing the Sorrow and Black Sails on the Sunset, but the triumphant return of AFI is still ready when they are.

40
Sputnikmusic
AFI combine elements from their last four albums and churn out a lifeless, personalityless record that is worse than the albums it apes.
68
Worst album of their careers though it's not without its highlights - "Hidden Knives", "Pink Eyes", "Snow Cats", all excellent.
Music_Observer
56
While showing some surprising signs of creative life in their newest release, the overzealous guitars that blasted through the texture still only make this work good for an angst-filled, early 2000’s loving crowd. My Score: 101/180 (Okay) = 56/100
twwalter
73
The Blood Album is their most energizing all-around album since Sing The Sorrow. The shortcoming is that their singles don't hit as hard as the single between Sorrow and the Blood Album.

Favorite tracks: Hidden Knives, Above the Bridge, White Offerings
88
AFI has taken the Cure-like sound they have been toying with through 3 albums cycles and have added their energetic roots that made AFI and have created an album that not only rewards fans of both tastes, but brings in more individuals to what make AFI great.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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Track List

  1. Dark Snow
  2. Still a Stranger
  3. Aurelia
  4. Hidden Knives
  5. Get Hurt
  6. Above the Bridge
  7. So Beneath You
  8. Snow Cats
  9. Dumb Kids
  10. Pink Eyes
  11. Feed From the Floor
  12. White Offerings
  13. She Speaks the Language
  14. The Wind That Carries Me Away
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