I love it. To be honest, I really enjoy AFI's new sound. I really forced myself to like Decemeberunderground but I really didn't like it. It had all the elements of a decent album, but it was really just boring. Crash Love was AFI's re-entry into being an interesting band, but it was mostly poppy and missing a lot of elements that made AFI, AFI. They also went through a strange "Il Divo" phase. Meaning, they had to always wear suits for no reason.
Burials is the closest thing to what I remember AFI being when I was in High School. It's poppy for sure, but immensely rock. Heart Stops is a poppy, chanty, beautiful song steeped with emotion and musicality. AFI's appeal is in their ability to get fans to rally behind them, so why not make a song that depends on the rally of fans?
Other songs like 17 Crimes and Wild, provide the album with the necessary pith and poppiness to keep it easy to listen to. Where long and bellowing songs like I Hope You Suffer (stupid name) and The Face Beneath the Waves, keep this album grounded. I really enjoy the last songs on AFI albums, and The Face Beneath the Waves does not disappoint. It's a beautiful, haunting ballad that is a wonderful end off to an album appropriately named Burials.