Hello and welcome to the first installment of Turn It Up Thursday, a new segment where we reexamine some amazing albums from years past. Some may be familiar, others may still be waiting to you to discover them. Therefore, beginning this week, we here at Mosh Pit Report will bring you a blast from the not so distant past for your enjoyment. So dust off your CD players and get ready for the ultimate throw back!
A.F.I. Sing the Sorrow, released March, 2003
Setting the bar high for the new millennium in the world of punk rock, hardcore, and goth rock, A.F.I.’s sixth album will forever be a throwback to a time when Ozzfest and the Vans Warped Tour ruled the summer music festivals and chain pants were in demand at local Hot Topics. Although time has led to the band for the most part abandoning their black clad, gothic image, their live performance of songs off Sing the Sorrow has only aged with grace.
Half of this album’s excellent composure is the music as Sing the Sorrow owes a lot of its appeal different crowds thanks to band’s ability to blend several unique features in the twelve tracks, thirteen including the hidden finale. We are treated to graceful ballads such as “Silver and Cold”, aggressive numbers that would get any punk rocker moving as seen in “The Leaving Song Part II”, and searing guitar solos like the one in “Dancing Through Sunday”. The other half of the album surrounds the lyrics and vocals. From the tortured screams in “Death Of Seasons” and “The Leaving Song Part II”, to the high falsetto of “Girl’s Not Grey” and “The Great Disappointment”. Lyrically, Sing the Sorrow feels like a journey through the life of a lonely soul trying to find itself and hoping someone finds it along the way.
Perhaps the crossroads of Sing the Sorrow where music and lyrics are fully wed into a beautifully haunting song can be found in the final track “…but home is nowhere”. This track is actually three separate songs in one continuous track comprised of the official name of the track, a spoken poem layered above a soft piano, and the hidden track “This Time Imperfect”. These three segments combined into one anthem like song are the embodiment of someone angry, hurt, and looking for hope in its own blackness.
For many who loved this album upon its first release, revisiting it brings back memories of a time in their lives where uncertainty and self-doubt was an obstacle, and hopefully these fans, who were probably not even old enough to vote at the time, have since found their way to a better life.
Songs you may have known: "Girl’s Not Grey", "The Leaving Song Part II", "Silver and Cold"
Songs you may have missed: “…But Home is Nowhere”, “Dancing Through Sunday”, “This Celluloid Dream”