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." If there's a scattershot quality to Always and Forever, that seems partially due to the band just dumping a decade's worth of ideas. Either way, it's their liveliest record and possibly their most interesting to boot.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine