AFI - Sing The Sorrow
Release Date: March 11, 2003
Record Label: Dreamworks
Producers: Jerry Finn, Butch Vig
Sing the Sorrow is AFI’s sixth album and to me, their peak. While AFI has kept the meaning of their songs quite under wraps and leave it up to their fans to interpret what they are trying to say. What I get from this album is the battles, sorrows and realizations of the bands journey. How Davey (or the band as a whole, a friend, etc) feels with everything that was going on. But again, my opinion.
My favorite song would have to be This Time Imperfect. I don’t know why it gets me, but every time, I personally feel like it’s exactly how I feel. It’s sad, but it brings a point across. If that makes any sense. Plus, it’s the very last song, and it is kind of that hidden gem. It rounds out the album perfectly, like that person is finally waking up from a bad dream and they have to live with the ache of their life.
I didn’t have a least favorite song on this album, just because of the fact that every song seemed to really have a point, and without one song, something else would have felt like there was something missing. Every song in its own is different, but together, it drives a knife in your heart.
Overall, this album was sad. When I first got it, I was in love, but that was back when I was 13 years old. Now that my understanding for music and taste has grown, listening to this album and reading between the lines… it breaks my heart. I have never been so shocked at how much pain went into these lyrics.
This album is getting a 5/5 because there’s so many layers to this album, to each song, and it’s artfully put together. You can see when the hate turns to sadness, turns to realization. The fact that they don’t release what the songs are about and keeping them so versatile is also a really great element. Some of the songs were repetitive, but it felt like you were listening to a story of someone’s life, and that’s always a good thing. The other reason why this is getting a perfect review is because the order really lets you go down with the story teller. It’s not scattered and it’s placed wonderfully.