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Alkaline Trio - This Addiction

hanszimmer   (14 reviews)

Posted: 01/21/2010 | Comments: 104 | Rate:

Bummer.

By now, I figured I would have given up on the inebriated threesome known as Alkaline Trio but something keeps bringing me back. In my early high school years, I received a Vagrant sampler from Interpunk containing the song 'Bloodied Up'. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked. However, there can only be so many letdowns before the skepticism starts to solidify. Yet, somehow I still continue to hold some faith in Alk3. Chalk it up to every record post 2005 or the nostalgia behind certain tracks. Maybe I'm just subconsciously crossing my fingers for an album that rivals From Here To Infirmary. Either way, after one tedious (and unsatisfying) play of their new record, This Addiction (Epitaph Records) It may be time to face the proverbial music and hang up that dream. They crushed it completely this time.

More or less, my sentiment for the new Alkaline Trio record, This Addiction is akin to what was felt following the first listen, or better yet, the first time I was subjected to Agony and Irony in 2008. That being said, this album is leaps and bounds better than their last shit heap. It's just a different kind of heap this time around. The thought of Epitaph releasing this gave me an inkling of optimism but just like it's predecessor, This Addiction remains uninspired and void of any noteworthy aspects. Every track sounds like it took the band 10 minutes to complete and they just become increasingly predictable as the record plays on. In the song 'Lead Poisoning' there's maybe one part that stuck out to me, reminding me of classic ALK3 but this feeling is short lived. Consequently, I decided that certain part was 'just okay. Being stoked on any of the songs is almost impossible. Most I found difficult to even listen to entirely. I would typically take the time to break down the songs but truthfully, there's nothing to dissect. It's cut and dry. Clear as day. Mediocrity at it's finest.

Personally, I already feel that this record makes Crimson that much more enjoyable. At least they still retained that dark edge from their previous classics (Maybe I'll Catch Fire, From Here To Infirmary) on that record. The band obviously tried to dig up their punk roots for this one. There are glimmers of their past, sure, but it still falls incredibly short, almost feeling contrived at times. Apparently, some listeners are already quick to say that This Addiction is the bridge between Good Mourning and FHTI. I fail to hear this at all. Straight up, this is just pop. Aside from lyrical content, the chorus for the title track is on par with Green Day's latest radio smash. Just forced pop-punk tendencies strewn about a rock record with the meticulosity of confetti. From the chord progressions to the placement of vocals to the empty production, it's clear. There's little to no semblance of punk left in Alkaline Trio.

Regardless, this will be loaded to my Ipod, if for nothing else but the small hope that it grows on me, gaining them back a fan. Though, this is all just just wishful thinking. Sadly, like a meth head trying to kick the habit, This Addiction probably won't be spun again.

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Comments
Pulp Free
52,186 Posts
35/M/PA
I find it funny that you can take the time to download a new album, listen to it once, and then write a long review of it but you can't do more than one of the ones that I sent you. Even after you told me I put some "good shit" in the last package.
jabobuckienz
318 Posts
32/M/CT
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
reviewing a leaked album is wack
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
Request Thread Deletion/Closure



shits bush league
Oh this site?
41,692 Posts
35/M/PA
Haha, yeah, really a terrible idea to post a review for a leaked album, and one that may not even be fully completed.
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
league of bush
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
haha, holy shittttt. as if it's never happened before? clean your vaginas. i even asked brickhouse to make sure it was cool and he gave it the okay.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
go ahead and delete it and i'll post it when it's officially released. even though, there have been plenty of leaked albums reviewed on here.
Oh this site?
41,692 Posts
35/M/PA
I just don't think its wise for the site to be advertising pirated music reviews (especially since Chris is now paying for reviews) and on top of it, its not a fair representation of the album as oftne times leaks are not finalized versions.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
and that's fine but there's a reason that i ran the idea by him first. he said to go for it. like i said, take it down and i'll respost when the record actually drops. or i can just say that i'm posting from a time machine.
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
bush
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
eat me.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
Originally posted by: oprahwinfrey

was that band photo shot in 97? look at skiba's hair.



my guess is 2001 because their current drummer is in the photo and he joined when they started from here to infirmary.
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA
farang
14,130 Posts
38/M/PA

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