Sound — 8
Right from the beginning, the guys are clearly stating how much heart and effort they put into their music and they are trying to send that message out quick. Tracks 2-5 follow the trend of catchy, melodic hooks from the likes of Dallas, complemented by the screaming of George. Crisis follows a similar pattern and style that Watch Out! had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Track 6, "You Burn First", features vocals from Wade, the other guitar player in the band, which adds a little diversity to the album. Unfortunately, I find myself skipping over this track. It's very misplaced and stands out way too much on the album. The album picks up again towards the end with great tracks such as "We Are The End" and "Crisis".
Lyrics — 8
The album starts with an in your face track, "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners And Saints", which boasts the lyrics "This is from our hearts/So suddenly a super chart to make some mistakes/We'll make some mistakes/Well it's a long time coming when your giving it everything." The lyrics I feel are more metaphoric and symbolized rather than straight to the point and message sending like some of their past lyrics were. The lyrics written for the new album though fit perfectly with the music and I'm sure the guys knew that.
Overall Impression — 8
The production on the album isn't that great which I don't like very much, but I have gotten used to it because a lot of Alexisonfire's work has been of poor production. This shouldn't take much away from the album though because it isn't horrible. The artwork for the album is a little weak as well, and not as creative and adventurous as their previous albums. Overall, Crisis is a great album, full of catchy hooks, infectious guitars, and screaming from George that complements everything I just mentioned. This album is definitely for fans of Alexisonfire, and they will not be dissapointed with this album. Some critics are calling this album Watch Out! 2, and I can see where they are coming from, but I definitely get a different feeling with this album. It's a little darker, a little less poppy, but still the same old catchy Alexisonfire.