Alkaline Trio
This Addiction


2.5
average

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
December 12th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,050 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to treading water

Alkaline Trio had lost a good amount of their original fans with their more "experimental" releases Crimson and Agony and Irony. The band wanted to feel the nostalgia of From Here To Infirmary, so they basically ripped off their own album. I guess the trio got sick of only seeing new faces at shows, and they began to wonder "At what point did we appeal to the widest range of fans? Ahh, From Here To Infirmary, it was poppy enough for mainstream audiences, but still had enough edge for the diehards." This is only speculation of course, but I'm pretty sure the writing process for This Addiction went a little something like that. And it worked because This Addiction had the highest debut on the Billboard charts of any Alkaline Trio, even though it's just a cheap knock off of their best pop-punk albums.

I have no clue where the band could possibly go after this, and I don't think they know either. Just last year they released an acoustic greatest hits album that just screamed "we don't know what we're doing." Agony and Irony had its faults, but at least it progressed the band's sound and felt inspired. Even the title track of This Addiction is derivative garbage. Woah, comparing a relationship to drug addiction, I've never heard that one before!

It's not even worth mentioning any of the tracks because none of them stand out and they're all just average. This Addiction is the soundtrack to a band trying way too hard to relive the glory days while abandoning all progress and creativity in the process. This Addiction's biggest fault is that it's simply an inferior product, an uninspired mess of a knockoff of From Here To Infirmary. If this came out in 2001 it would probably have been better received, but alas, it came out in 2010 when pop-punk fans hopefully knew better.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Companion piece to the other review

Digging: More Than Life - What's Left Of Me

YoYoMancuso
December 11th 2012



10104 Comments


nice, still gotta read the other one

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



18577 Comments


damn two back to back?

good review i see what you mean about it sounding like they're ripping off their own material but i'd still give this a 3. Fine is amazing

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

skoopy48
December 11th 2012



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreed this was bad. Kinda forgot about this band after this album

wabbit
December 11th 2012



6742 Comments


one review a day

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nobody is posting review today, don't worry about it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll do what I want

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



18577 Comments


well he won't have trouble catching up to me cause i've slowed down. i'll prolly do like 1 review the rest of the year (if that)

Calc
December 11th 2012



10828 Comments


i didnt even get this record...

climactic
December 11th 2012



17153 Comments


ONE REVIEW PER DAY

jk i couldnt give less of a shit

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2012



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't bump any reviews from today off so I'm OK with myself


Mike08
December 12th 2012



586 Comments


"we don't now what we're doing."
- We don't know...

Minus.
December 12th 2012



2666 Comments


I forgot this even existed until just now

Crawl
December 12th 2012



1381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cmon, this is so much better than Agony and Irony.

Digging: Manchester Orchestra - Cope

TheCruddyBug
December 12th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You say the title track is "derivative garbage", but then say all of the tracks are average. You should probably get rid of
that line, as it makes the review seem like less than a 2.5.

Anyway, I don't think the album is that bad. It's probably not that genuine, but at least it's listenable. But I do think the
last song, "Fine", is great.

I think Alkaline Trio is more-or-less finished now, though... unless they pull something really nuts out of their hat.
They're too old for this stuff now.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just mean the lyrics and the theme in general, it's a catchy tune

TheCruddyBug
December 12th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh yeah the theme is lame. I definitely feel like Alkaline Trio is only a shell of the old band. In goddammit and Maybe I'll Catch Fire it sounded like they were being sincere, but now they're just singing about what everyone expects them to be singing about. "Oh, we have to make a song about drugs, because that's our thing."

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2013



48522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

New one is good



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