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Alkaline Trio
Good Mourning
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Alkaline Trio, and their Spinal Tap-like record of drummers are once again hitting hard with the 4-chord evil punk rock Chicago gone West sounds. This album is a step up from all previous Trio albums, in that they use bells, keys and seemingly an open pocketbook for production values, thank you Vagrant.

I have gotten used to a semi-rough sound when listening to the Alkaline Trio. Sure, a lot of songs sound very similar from their collection of albums and EPs released over the past 5 years, but the majority of them have had a unique Trio sound. This release still has the same sound, but they've gotten out the grease rag and polished it up a bit. The sound is a bit crisper, not quite as… I dunno, punky. Perhaps they're doing what many label mates at Vagrant are doing and expecting more radio play and/or attention from the public. Well-deserved attention, I might add.

Nothing strays too far from the usual Alkaline Trio formula, Dan sings the heart-wrenching lost love tunes, while Matt looks at relationships through the eyes of a devil drunk on beer and the lack of self respect. Good Mourning does visit the land of harmony quite a bit more than any previous album, and I might be wrong, but I think there is actually some all out singing on this album.

Layered vocals (with special guests on a few tracks) and deeper sounds make it obvious that they took their time making this album. I guess that's what rock stars do. Already appearing on the covers of Alternative Press and Meanstreets magazines, as well as an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show lead me to believe the next time the Alkaline Trio come to town, I'll have to pay over 30 bucks for a ticket. Ahh the price of notoriety!

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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