Sound — 8
Being an American Hi-Fi fan must be a very frustrating experience. After 2001's self-titled debut - a refreshing and energetic collection of angst ridden rock - landed, there was a lot of promise and hype. Then came to 2003's muddled The Art Of Losing and then 2005's unoriginal Hearts On Parade. So, with Fight The Frequency, it's almost a shock to hear just how focused it is. It's tight, catchy and displays all the talent that hasn't been heard by Stacy Jones and co for almost a decade.
Lyrics — 7
Stacy Jones has hardly ever been known to rival Morrissey for his lyrics, and he had really sunk to bad depths by the time of Art Of Losing. Thankfully, any potty mouthed antics are put on hold for more introspective and melancholic approaches. 'Lost', 'Where Love Is A Lie' and 'Lookout for Hope' are all great ballads in the traditional AHF tradition (think 'Safer On the Outside' or 'Another Perfect Day'). 'Recover the Stars'' line "every breath is a hurricane" is particularly pleasing. Again, lyrically it's a shock - AHF are back to their best.
Overall Impression — 8
After nine years, American Hi Fi have finally remembered what they sound like. After chasing different avenues with their past two LPs, 'Fight the Frequency' feels comfortable and natural. The great thing about the group is they're hard to pinpoint; there's bits of Oasis, bits of Blink, bits of Weezer, and here, it meshes into something highly individual. A very enjoyable LP, and thank God they're making good music again. A hurricane breath of relief all round.