Good Mourning

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Good Mourning is the handsome if dark-eyed offspring of the deliberately melodic From Here to Infirmary LP and Alkaline Trio's more raucous earlier work. Whether or not the band "sold out" or whatever when Infirmary arrived with the stamp of ambitious indie Vagrant, the set nevertheless seemed forced. For Good Mourning, Derek Grant replaces Mike Felumlee behind the kit, joining the grating-like-gouda voices and ringing guitars of Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano on the AT's second Vagrant outing. It's an album that kills with catchiness. Though "This Could Be Love" details the steps a jilted lover would take to off him, Skiba's melodic sensibility is hard not to hum along to. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Good Mourning is the handsome if dark-eyed offspring of the deliberately melodic From Here to Infirmary LP and Alkaline Trio's more raucous earlier work. Whether or not the band "sold out" or whatever when Infirmary arrived with the stamp of ambitious indie Vagrant, the set nevertheless seemed forced. For Good Mourning, Derek Grant replaces Mike Felumlee behind the kit, joining the grating-like-gouda voices and ringing guitars of Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano on the AT's second Vagrant outing. It's an album that kills with catchiness. Though "This Could Be Love" details the steps a jilted lover would take to off him, Skiba's melodic sensibility is hard not to hum along to. Similarly, the triumphant final key change of "Continental" makes its bitter farewell to a suicide victim easier to swallow. This dichotomy between deathly fascination and darn-right pop sensibility continues throughout Good Mourning. Despite making one take a few extra looks at the black and red lyric booklet, it also points to the Trio's newfound confidence to weave its tortured pathos untreated into punk-pop hair shirts for teenagers everywhere. The laughs continue with "Emma" and "Fatally Yours," which features the classic couplet "You crashed your car through the front door/I pulled you from the wreckage/You told me that you missed me/But you meant with the grill and hood." Unlike their doe-eyed emo-punk peers, the Alkaline Trio's take on true love is closer to love-hate. "Donner Party All Night" is a snow angel in a blizzard of punk-fueled melody, where the dried blood looks black on the nighttime snowpack. Finally, a glimmer of hope shines from a crack in the mortuary curtains. Good Mourning closes with the plaintive acoustic number "Blue in the Face." The song's last line is a grudging request, but one that admits the faults of both parties, and accepts them as a better reality than the death wishes, dour proclamations, and damning dreams of sunlight that dominate the majority of the record. But even as the coffin closes, anthemic melody reflects in the blood pooled on the floor.
Spin Magazine - Andy Greenwald
Chicago's Alkaline Trio is that rarest of birds -- a group able to meet their dual loyalties halfway... Good Mourning... is their best by a mile. (A-)
Blender - Jon Wiederhorn
The mean-spirited sounds of Good Mourning are easy to listen to, but hard to forget.

The mean-spirited sounds of Good Mourning are easy to listen to, but hard to forget.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091038127
  • Catalog Number: 381
  • Sales rank: 55,521

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alkaline Trio Primary Artist
Derek Grant Drums
Matt Skiba Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Andriano Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Joe McGrath Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Jerry Finn Producer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Alkaline Trio Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Music

    This music is awesome, it grew on me, that means you know it is going to stick on you for a LONG TIME!!!! The songs I have listend too are 100 Stories, Blue Caroline, and Continental, and they are great songs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd. go get it

    good cd if you like killing and death mixed with awsome love songs.great adition to punk music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I've listened to Alkaline Trio for a couple years now and they're still one of my favorite bands. Good Mourning has to be one of the best albums they've made yet, and "All on Black" is definitely the best song on here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best C/D of the year!

    Alkaline Trio has put my mind at ease on who the best band there is out there! Matt Skiba is a lyrical genius! Every song on the album has it's own unique flavor, unlike a lot of bands lately that all sound the same! Good Mourning, is the best album of this year!

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