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Album: Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired

April 17th, 2012

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Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Big Scary Monsters
07 May 2012

by Alex Andrews

There is a reason why debut albums are often held with such affection. They arrive without pressure, without expectation and in the best cases, without unnecessary amounts of polish. Such an example was Joyce Manor’s eponymous album. Not since Against Me! had a young band sounded so fresh or so tunefully intense, and as parallels exist between the early trajectories of both bands, it’s with good reason that the promise of a follow-up has caused waves of excitement to ripple throughout the underground.

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Album: AFI – Crash Love

September 30th, 2009

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AFI
Crash Love
Interscope Records
28 September 2009

by Jon Kerr

Following the death of their influential producer Jerry Finn, AFI have recruited the chart-friendly Jacknife Lee to co-produce Crash Love, perhaps to right some of the wrongs on the bland Decemberunderground. The band are already brashly hailing it as “the album we’ll be remembered for”. So, should you believe the hype?

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