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.