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Alkaline Trio
Remains
Vagrant

Rating: 8.8/10 ?


June 8, 2007
Remains is Alkaline Trio's second compilation album, and it marks the band's departure from the Vagrant brand with a bang. The disc spans the band's ten year career and the transition between the drumming of Mike Felumlee to Derek Grant. Most diehard fans of the band will probably have most of the songs on Remains already, but the disc is still worth picking up for some unique reasons.

The liner notes of the disc provide some interesting insight into the songs. Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant (starting on the fan favorite "Jaked On Green Beers") give some blurbs about the origins or other technical aspects of certain songs. Andriano notes that "Jaked On Green Beers" will always be special because it was the first song that Grant played with the band. Aww.

Another bonus is the addition of three live tracks at the collection's end. It is an odd mix of songs, but fans will appreciate "My Standard Break From Life," a song rarely performed on tour, as well as the included DVD with footage of the band on their latest tour. The video portion of Remains includes concert footage, behind the scenes footage, and a really funny segment where Skiba breaks up a fight at a skate park.

The only real drawback for this release is that it contains all six of the tracks that the band issued on a split released with One Man Army. The split is not something that is hard to find, so the inclusion of all the songs is questionable. The rest of the release makes up for this short-sightedness though, as many fans have long considered Alkaline Trio's b-sides to be some of their best songs. Chances are if you are a fan of the band, you do not need convincing to pick this up, but for people unfamiliar with Alkaline Trio, this would also be a good introduction, as some of their best work is collected here. If you love fast-paced songs about drinking, loss, and love, Remains is for you.

Reviewed by Nate Logan
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Nate Logan is a contributing writer to LAS who will be going to Minnesota in the fall to pursue a MFA in poetry. He hopes to develop some weird accent as a result of his time in the North.

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