Decemberunderground (Bonus Tracks) CD (2006)

Artist: Afi

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Label Msi Music
SKU 202698855
UPC 602498586433
UPC 14 00602498586433
Format CD
Release Date 6/6/2006
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Author Afi
Compilation Appearance Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Ost)
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby String Quartet (The)
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby! String Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby!!! String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Joe McGrath
Producer Jerry Finn; Butch Vig; Jerry Finn
CatalogID 9858643
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 05/29/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498586433
Album Notes and Credits
AFI: Hunter (bass guitar); Davey Havok, Jade Puget , Adam Carson.
Personnel: Davey Havok (vocals); Jade Puget (guitar, keyboards, programming); Dave McCracken, Ronan Harris (keyboards, programming); Adam Carson (drums); Dan Under, Melisane Maxwell, Luke Wood , Chris Kelly [Choir Practice], Griselda Gomez, Talia Nissimyan, Laura Mathis, Omar Alcibar, Caitlin Sanchez, Wallace Deveries, Gavin Rattmann, Ryan Wilson, Diana Miranda, Ryan Downey, Christopher Dominey, Brittany Manchatta, Sonia Dubon, John Powe, Brandan Schieppati, Jeff Sagud, Jerry Finn, Joe McGrath, Ralph Saenz, Tyler Stewart, Keith Barney (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jerry Finn; Chris Lord-Alge; Rich Costey.
Recording information: Conway Recording Studios; Sage & Sound Recording Studios.
Illustrator: Alan Forbes.
Photographer: James Minchin.
AFI is a band lucky to own fiercely loyal fans who embrace -- and ultimately expect -- the gradual transformation the band has undergone with each album since 1999's Black Sails in the Sunset. Where many bands get called out for signing to a major label or even just maturing their sound over time, AFI fans have chiefly stayed devoted to their ever-evolving goth-punk heroes. With that in mind, Decemberunderground comes as AFI's follow-up to their ambitious major-label smash Sing the Sorrow. Due to the clever production tricks employed on that album, fans might expect even more intricate arrangements, sound effects, and sonic landscapes to emerge from the wintry packaging of Decemberunderground. To an extent this is true, but it's more that the cloudy gloom permeating their career thus far has lifted, allowing a relatively tighter and lighter overall album to emerge. Take the band's traditional prelude for instance: this time it's infused with stirring strings and an uplifting dance-pop beat that is a far cry from the dark and eerie call-to-arms chants of previous albums. And though "Kill Caustic" (and later "Affliction") brings AFI's earlier hardcore punch, if you thought "Girl's Not Grey" was poppy, check out this record's lead single, "Miss Murder." Despite a slightly ominous undertone, the glam-tinged song is damn near playful and sunny amid bouncy rhythms, vaguely industrial beats, background "hey!"s (courtesy of AFI's fan brotherhood, the Despair Faction), and a bassline that could have been swiped from Green Day. The band further dips its hand into new wave exploits ("37mm"), truly stirring choruses ("Summer Shudder"), stark electro vibrations ("Love Like Winter"), and the customary ballad ("Endlessly, She Said"). AFI even comes as close as they probably ever will to sounding like U2 in "The Missing Frame." Somehow, the guys have managed to combine hardcore instincts with dark emo-coated lyrics, synth shimmies, gothic aesthetics, and electronic beats into a sound that still remains wholly AFI. So maybe that's why fans have stuck by the band over all these years. Even as the guys stretch and flex their songwriting muscles, they never fail to remember where they came from, instead using their past work as the foundation to their essential growth. Decemberunderground may have more fully realized doses of pop and electronic music present, but the core of AFI's sound never strays too far from what listeners have grown to love about them in the first place. ~ Corey Apar
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here are moments on DECMBERUNDERGROUND that are poppier than anything AFI have ever done....A thoroughly enjoyable album to listen to..."
Spin (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "DECEMBERUNDERGROUND sounds terrific....[It] has enough catchy refrains to make it a summer favorite for anyone looking to work out their aggressions."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[F]ull of unpredictable high gloss anthems....The sound of AFI exceeding all expectations."
Disc 1
1 Prelude 12/21
2 Kill Caustic
3 Miss Murder
4 Summer Shudder
5 Interview, The
6 Love Like Winter
7 Affliction
8 Missing Frame, The
9 Kiss and Control
10 Killing Lights, The
11 37mm
12 Endlessly, She Said
13 Rabbits Are Roadkill On Rt. 37
14 Head Like A Hole

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