AFI Album Review


Express Contributor

On October 22nd, 2013, American rock band AFI (A Fire Inside) released their ninth studio album Burials.

Davey Havok, frontman of the band, described the album as, “this record is of silence, and the burials that result from that silence. It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving”. The album consists of thirteen songs, including its two singles “I Hope You Suffer” and “17 Crimes”. The album genre is alternative rock, with lyrics written by Davey Havok and music composed by Jade Puget.

The music of the album, by itself and without the lyrics, is enough to compel listeners to allow their hidden emotions to come forward. The music ranges from light to heavy and loud to soft, with every song having a dark underlying sound. The music is strong and provides a means for listeners to express the feelings that under normal circumstances would never be projected. The lyrics, though sometimes difficult to interpret, are full of meaning that most people will be able to connect to. They are poetic and speak for those who otherwise are unable to say who they truly are. While the meanings of the songs are different for each listener, each song does hold meaning. The songs, with combined music and lyrics, are easy to memorize and invoke various feelings in the hearts of the listeners. In my opinion, the better songs of the album are “A Deep Slow Panic”, “The Embrace”, “Anxious”, and “Greater than 84”. My favorite song of the album, the one I connect the most to, is “The Conductor”.

Though the rock genre is not what many people prefer these days, it is not the meaningless, inappropriate trash that many people believe it to be. The way a song sounds does not speak for what it means (though the way it sounds does assist). There are people, myself included, who would not be who they were without the guidance of music they can connect to. Whether pop, rap, country, or rock, music has a great effect on the people who listen to it.


The Band:

Hunter Burgan; bass guitar/keyboard, Jade Puget; guitar/keyboard, Adam Carson (back); drums, Davey Havok; vocals


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