Release Date: Feb 24, 2015
Record label: The End
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Review Summary: Even though I don't know you, I feel like I owe you. Listening to Always and Forever is similar to seeing a peer at your 10-year high school reunion for the first time since you had class with him. You've been so busy this past decade that high school has justifiably faded from your mind, but upon seeing him at the reunion, your memory spontaneously recovers.
Nearly ten years after the release of Up in the Attic, Alien Ant Farm returned in early 2015 with Always and Forever. The band never quite disbanded in the interim -- vocalist Dryden Mitchell and drummer Mike Cosgrove kept some version of it rolling -- and the group sometimes shows evidence of the toil of the years, such as when they slide into Live territory on "Burning. " This shift to AAA is a surprise, even if it does suit their age, and AAF has a couple other tricks up their sleeve, including their own version of Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" ("Our Time"), more ballads than you'd think, some ska horns, and "Homage," a journey through the history of rock & roll that's the equal of DAUGHTRY's "Long Live Rock & Roll.
"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm is one of the best covers, in any genre. Period. Fuckin' killed. But let's be honest, AAF didn't stand up well to the test of time, as did so many others from my high-school era. That doesn't mean I wouldn't take Always and Forever seriously because it's a ….