Crimsonby Alkaline Trio
Crimson is the best next step for Alkaline Trio. It keeps Good Mourning's blacks and reds and crack melodic sense. But it's also much more accessible with its measured aggression, rich piano (courtesy of Jellyfish and studio veteran Roger Manning), and production from Jerry Finn, who's worked with blink-182 and the very-relevant-to-Alkaline Trio Jawbreaker. Like those groups Alkaline Trio has grown away from punk-pop; they've grown up. On 1998's Goddamnit!, Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano let out rowdy "woah-woahs" and wished things like "I wanna wake up naked next to you." But then that happened, and the other side of the bed wasn't as pretty. By Mourning they were dealing with death metaphors and painful levels of self-medication. Crimson has a similar sense of emotional brokenness, but things never get so heavy that you'll need the goth eyeliner -- the album's pop sense glimmers steadily beneath its dour shroud. "Poison" and "Time to Waste" downshift into powerful choruses despite lines about dead eyes and meaninglessness, "Mercy Me" and "Dethbed" rock self-hate and cynicism over propulsive beats, and "Prevent This Tragedy" incorporates a keyboard descent that's a perfectly pretty foil for a line like "the flames of hell they give me hope." As great as Alkaline Trio are at relating their booze and blood-spattered lives to listeners, it does get a little tedious. But Skiba and Andriano's interlocking harmonies never flag, and the band's rhythms are just too catchy throughout. Let's see. They're writing smart, bright, punk-derived pop, but they're black and white and blocky-featured, and they like Depeche Mode much more than Duran Duran. That settles it -- Alkaline Trio are the bizarro-world Killers.
- Release Date:
- Vagrant Records
Performance CreditsAlkaline Trio Primary Artist
Roger Manning Piano,Keyboards
Derek Grant Drums,Vocals
Matt Skiba Guitar,Vocals
Daniel Andriano Bass Guitar,Vocals
Heather Hannoura Spoken Word
Nolan McGuire Guitar
Technical CreditsWarren Fitzgerald String Arrangements
Jerry Finn Producer,Audio Production
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Alkaline Trio Composer
Keith Schubert Drum Technician
Heather Hannoura Art Direction
Tyson Thorne Art Direction
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The first seven tracks on this album are just about as perfect as they could be. Alk3 grabs you with the darkly gorgeous piano intro to Time to Waste and they don't let go. Ferocious, melodic, Green Day-esque guitars combine with vocal harmony and sometimes morbid but often insightful lyrics. "Sadie" is a beautiful song about one of the Manson family members. I'm not usually into that kind of thing, but this song actually made me want to know more about her. IMHO, the album goes ever so slightly down hill after track# 7 (Sadie) but Back to Hell is a great song, and anyway the first 7 tracks are more than worth the price. Careful, though: this is one very addictive album.
this cd is hands down one of the greatest i have bought in a long time....if u have never heard alkaline trio go out and buy their cds...u will not regret it
This is their best yet! I've been a Trio fan since their first album, Goddammit, and it's been wonderful listening to them mature. Crimson is a great listen whether you're heartbroken, pissed off, or on top of the world, it can even get a party going! This is by far the most mature and solid album to date. Listen to this album, then listen to their others, that way you'll understand where they're coming from.