When young hearts break, the culprit is rarely difficult to track down. A high school romance torn apart by distance, a letter sent and unreturned, a large hadron collision set in motion by raging hormones. This kind of heartbreak is what compels a certain subset of young people to write emo songs, some of them good, most of them quite bad. When American Football released their self-titled debut album in 1999, they joined the small group of emo bands without a bad song to their name. Sure, they only had nine in total — 12 if you count their 1998 EP — but each of those songs managed to turn the raw energy of youth into something profound: a puzzle of guitar chords and off-kilter drum beats that sounded passingly adult.