No Future: Year in Review 2009

No Future: Year in Review 2009
2. Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals (Dine Alone)
Easily their most experimental yet forthright effort, Old Crows/Young Cardinals finds Alexisonfire evolving without losing the inherently raucous spirit, passion or fury we expect from them, embracing their heroes fearlessly and without mercy. Songs feel refined and complete while they're still enticingly entangled in the clash between rusty, grit-encrusted hardcore and inherent melodic prowess that encapsulates the AOF legacy. So, while their core remains intact on Old Crows/Young Cardinals, it is easily the band's boldest, most adventurous, daring and fucking catchy accomplishment to date; the sonic equivalent to a coming-of-age flick for this energetic quintet.
Keith Carman