Album Review
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Alexisonfire - iTunes Originals

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AlexisonfireiTunes Originals
Record Label: Vagrant Records
Release Date: September 28, 2010
You might find it odd that it doesn’t open with “Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints,” but iTunes Originals is essentially an “Alexisonfire’s Greatest Recent Hits” deal. It plays like an audio documentary, alternating among the best of Old Crows / Young Cardinals, live renditions of beloved favorites, and interview clips for a total of 24 tracks. That’s a fine bargain for its $9.99 price tag.

The music:

As mentioned above, the must-haves from Old Crows – which means roof raisers like “Young Cardinals,” “Born and Raised” and “Midnight Regulations” – are present. But the real gems are the live tracks. While none of them are drastically different from their original versions (aside from “Happiness By the Kilowatt,” which is extended by more than three minutes), they all carry that raw energy that makes live recordings distinct, which helps already driving songs like “Waterwings” further push its intensity. For those still virgin to Alexisonfire’s live show, they serve as evidence the band is capable of reproducing its high-energy studio sound on stage with little difficulty. One listen to Dallas Green’s vocal exhibition on “This Could Be Anywhere In The World” here should put any doubts to rest.

The interview:

Despite clocking at just around 21 minutes, the interview, which is conducted with vocalist George Pettit and guitarists Wade MacNeil and Green, is adequately entertaining. The three discuss everything from the formation of the band, to spiders the size of their fists, to blues music. In one segment, Pettit searches for a “post-“ suffix to categorize the band he played in before Alexisonfire. He jokingly concludes that it was a “post-rock” band, to which MacNeil replies “you were just a post, a shining post!” So there’s a decent amount of humor thrown into the mix as well.


iTunes Originals probably won’t impress long-time fans, but for newer fans just beginning to discover Alexisonfire, it’s the ideal way to get an understanding of what the band is all about, as well as a feel for what direction they’ll be taking their sound in in the future. It’s something to tide us all over as we wait anxiously for the Dog’s Blood EP, too.

Recommended If You LikeAudio documentaries, live albums
Track listingThe Northern
You Burn First *
Heading For The Sun
Boiled Frogs *
Midnight Regulations
Waterwings *
Young Cardinals
This Could Be Anywhere in the World *
Accept Crime
Born and Raised
No Transitory *
Happiness By The Kilowatt *

* denotes live track; There are 12 interview tracks interspersed between each song
Purchase the albumPurchase the album on iTunes here.
This review is a user submitted review from Matthew Tsai. You can see all of Matthew Tsai's submitted reviews here.
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08:54 PM on 10/06/10
Matthew Tsai
Born and raised
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Don't mind the score, I gave a different rating under the RIYL section because this isn't your typical album.
03:02 AM on 10/07/10
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CheckeredFloors's Avatar
I have heard nothing about this.
06:50 AM on 10/07/10
We're not for them(and that's cool)
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S7ranburgLar's Avatar
is 'happiness by the killowatt' done with green on the piano?
i saw him do the song with just a piano in a City and Colour Dvd and it was magical.
07:02 AM on 10/07/10
boner boner boner boner boner boner
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kevinAIWW's Avatar
I do believe it's time for a new City and Colour album as well.
07:25 AM on 10/07/10
Get Well Incentive
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hardpill's Avatar
It's entertaining to listen to the 'oldies but goodies' redone with Dallas's refined and matured vocals
07:30 AM on 10/07/10
Go Buffs.
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aoftbsten's Avatar
I'd get this if my iTunes wasn't being so spastic lately.
10:56 AM on 10/07/10
> beatles
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disappointed. thought the live songs would sound a lot better
12:27 PM on 10/07/10
Matthew Tsai
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is 'happiness by the killowatt' done with green on the piano?
i saw him do the song with just a piano in a City and Colour Dvd and it was magical.

No it's with the whole band.
03:59 PM on 10/07/10
WeReadTheSignsCompletelyB ackwards
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Had no idea there was such an album.
04:44 PM on 10/07/10
Desolate Earth :: The End Is Here
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this is good i love you burn first
06:32 PM on 10/07/10
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I do believe it's time for a new City and Colour album as well.
Fuck to the yes.
07:22 AM on 10/09/10
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did they really need to call it itunes originals?
02:22 PM on 10/25/10
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aof is a amazing band i saw them play with la dispute and trash talk and they put on the best live show ive ever seen. sounded just like the albums and the energy of them and the crowd was mind blowing.
12:38 AM on 08/28/11
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Honestly don't like it so its better that they got 3.5 rating

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