Alkaline Trio

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Goddamnit (1998), 6.5/10
Maybe I'll Catch Fire (1999), 5/10
From Here to Infirmary (2001), 4/10
Good Mourning (2003), 4/10
Crimson (2005), 5/10
Agony and Irony (2008), 4/10

Alkaline Trio, a Chicago trio formed by vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba, debuted with the catchy emo-pop of the singles Sundials (1997) and For Your Lungs Only (1998), and of the entire razor-sharp album Goddamnit (Asian Man, 1998), that also contains signature song San Francisco and Nose Over Tail.

Maybe I'll Catch Fire (Asian Man, 1999) adds Radio, Fuck You Aurora and Maybe I'll Catch Fire to their punk canon, but the trio failed to stand up to their debut.

The Alkaline Trio (Asian Man, 2000) is an anthology of their singles.

From Here to Infirmary (Vagrant, 2001), with the classic Private Eye, and the somber Good Mourning (Vagrant, 2003), with This Good Be Love, We've Had Enough and Every Thug Needs A Lady, were major disappointments. They completely failed to recapture the brutal magic of their debut.

The split Alkaline Trio and One Man Army (2004) is not exactly state of the art punk-rock.

Crimson (Vagrant, 2005) boasts a more mainstream sound. If nothing else, the compromise does not sound as awkward as on the previous two albums. Skiba and Dan Andriano's harmonies are lively and spicy, appropriately roasted by Skiba's guitar riffs. The Poison and Mercy Me mark a sort of punk-pop maturity, but the rest of the album is unbearable to anyone who has spent 29 years listening to punk-rock.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Andrea Calderaro)

Gli Alkaline Trio, trio di Chicago formato dal cantante e chitarrista Matt Skiba, debuttarono con l’orecchiabile emo-pop dei singoli Sundials (1997) e For Your Lungs Only (1998), e poi con l’intero graffiante album Goddamnit (Asian Man, 1998).

Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (Asian Man, 1999) aggiunge Fuck You Aurora e Maybe I’ll Catch Fire al loro canone punk, ma il trio fallisce nell’intento di migliorarsi rispetto al loro debutto.

The Alkaline Trio (Asian Man, 2000) è un’antologia dei loro singoli.

From Here to Infirmary (Vagrant, 2001) e Good Mourning (Vagrant, 2003) sono delle cocenti delusioni per le major. Essi falliscono completamente nel ricatturare quella brutale magia mostrata nel loro esordio.

Lo split Alkaline Trio and One Man Army (2004) non lo si può considerare esattamente il livello massimo dell’arte punk-rock.

Crimson (Vagrant, 2005) vanta un suono più da mainstream. Ciò nonostante, il compromesso non suona così imbarazzante come lo era stato nei due precedenti album. Le armonie Skiba e Dan Andriano sono vivaci e accattivanti, appropriatamente arricchite dai riff della chitarra di Skiba. The Poison e Mercy Me segnano una sorta di maturità punk-pop, ma il resto dell’album rimane insopportabile a chiunque abbia speso 29 anni ad ascoltare punk-rock.

Falcon, that debuted with Unicornography (Red Scare, 2006), was a supergroup made of Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Tod Mohney (Rise Against) and Neil Hennessy (Lawrence Arms).

Agony and Irony (2008) was the typical pointless collection of mainstream music, selling a stereotypical style rather than substance (Calling All Skeletons).

This Addiction (2010) sits halfway between the mainstream sound of Agony and Irony and the rowdy style of their early days, but only a handful of songs survive the hybrid approach (Dine Dine My Darling, The American Scream).

Damnesia (2011) contains acoustic versions of some of their classics.

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