From a conservative yet equally open-minded 19 year old...
AFI has been a big favorite of mine for a while.
What is the #1 thing about the group that kept me listening? SOUND.
Kids love sound. Teenagers love sound. How many times have you heard, "I only listen to it for the music!" only to shake your head and swear up and down that the child/teen really gets a drive out of the words?
Listen to me on this one: nothing has changed with AFI's Decemberunderground.
I popped the CD into my store's DVD player while closing one night and immediately liked the first track. I had no clue what he was talking about, but I loved the catchy electro-pop sounds. Soon, the ominous (remeniscent of the 1970s The Omen theme) chorus began singing their hook and I knew then and there that this was still my good ol' goth-punk band.
And that's exactly it. I "itemized" the band, acknowledging their sound and fuzzy message and leaving it at that. AFI is continuing their goth-punk-electro sound with this record, but pushing it slightly and vaguely into the realm of 1980s noir, goth, and suspense. At the same time, they seem to experiment in "hardcore" vocals and screaming, but ultimately stay true to a clean cut sound.
And that's exactly it. Sound. The only thing I can find objectionable are the track names. They are as follows:
1. Prelude 12/21
2. Kill Caustic *
3. Miss Murder *
4. Summer Shudder
5. The Interview
6. Love Like Winter
8. The Missing Frame
9. Kiss And Control
10. The Killing Lights
11. 37 MM *
12. Endlessly, She Said
I have marked an asterisk next to the iffy track names. Here is what Davey Havok (lead singer) has to say about the album:
"DECEMBERUNDERGROUND is a time and a place. It is where the cold can huddle together in darkness and isolation. It is a community of those detached and disillusioned who flee to love, like winter, in the recesses below the rest of the world."
I ultimately believe that this record is: HARMLESS.
I wouldn't expect anyone under 13 to find the music amusing.