Alkaline Trio
Goddamnit


4.5
superb

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
March 9th, 2010 | 41 replies | 14,369 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Goddamnit is a rough display of everything that Alkaline Trio excels at.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

One album I will always associate with pop-punk greatness is Alkaline Trio's first studio release, "Goddamnit". The band's lineup at the time of recording was Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Glenn Porter (Who would later leave the band). Together they created a thrashing, catchy and raw album that caught the attention of many with its intelligent lyrics, speaker shattering guitar work, and addicting choruses. Although the record is relatively short, coming in just over thirty minutes, it's filled to the brim with everything you'd expect from a great punk album and more. Sit down with your expectations high -- Or maybe even a head full of anger and a shattered heart for an intensified experience -- and be ready to experience Alkaline Trio at their best.

The opening track, "Cringe", wastes no time with a subtle introduction. Within seconds we're plunged from silence into a delicious mess of guitar, bass and drums. How better a way to start an album then immediately diving into the grungy display of Matt's scratchy vocals, the quick, but repetitive guitar work and Dan absolutely shredding on the bass? This would soon be known as the Trio's formula for each catchy song they've produced over the years and it works fantastically throughout all of "Goddamnit". From there we're taken to our next number which begins appropriately with police sirens, pounding drums, a great bass line and a distortion-laden pick slide. "Cop" is another quick, addicting song which again shows how great the Trio are at what they do. Matt's voice is clean and sings his ever-clever lyrics with an intense anger that he performs so perfectly. This style is repeated numerous times throughout the record, but never once does it feel stale. It's always an invigorating listen, especially when you're angry and feel like screaming at the top of your lungs. The Trio has a style with angry songs that is always flawlessly executed.

Among the fast-paced angry numbers there are also the emotional tracks, which are just as good, if not better in their own respect. "San Fransisco" shows us Skiba at his best. The heart-wrenching lyrics about his homesick feelings for his hometown give us an insight to his emotions that is rare to see so vividly in music today. His voice is just the perfect intensity to show how truly heartbroken he is and how raw the passion for what he's singing is. Skiba appears with another emotional song on the album's acoustic conclusion, "Sorry About That". Here we're shown again that Skiba has a soft side outside of the songs about drugs and anger. The vocals are flawless once again for what he's singing. He really has a way with letting his emotions flow out through his music.

I'm of course not forgetting another key player in Alkaline Trio's success on this album. Dan Andriano is ever-present with his gruff bass shredding on each fast-paced song, giving us wonderful ear candy when he's not being drowned out by Skiba's relentless guitar. He first appears as vocalist on his slow, emotional number, "Enjoy Your Day". Although this track slightly dulled the pace that was set up by Skiba's previous tracks, it is still a great, emotionally vivid track. Andriano, much like Skiba, wonderfully portrays his emotions through his singing. Each note stings with an obvious sadness that only Andriano could make you feel. The next track we hear him on is his faster number, "Message From Kathlene". Though not as emotionally effective as his last, this is still a solid track; His bass prominently appearing with a sweet line throughout.

During the course of the album we're shown Skiba's intelligence as a writer. He gives us wonderful metaphors (Mostly focusing on drugs and alcohol) and witty quips which set him apart from many of his punk competitors. On songs like "My Little Needle" and "As You Were" he gives us the insanely catchy rhythms along with his clever writing to create some of the best tracks on the record. On the other side of this, Andriano's writing isn't nearly as cryptic but is still effective in it's own regard; though you can't say he had as much of a chance to have an impact with only 2 tracks to himself.

"I'll come down and get you high/Or maybe sing you a lullaby/Sing you to sleep, a sleep you'll never wake from/Sing you to coma so to speak"

For the Trio's first full release this is an absolutely superb effort. We're served wonderfully rough, emotionally fueled songs from start to finish. It has an almost unstoppable pace, only losing momentum a few times along the way, making this an album to easily become entranced in. This will remain one of my favorite pop-punk albums available and would highly recommend it to anyone who is at least slightly interested in intelligent writing, gruff music, and of course those ridiculously catchy rhythms.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Slum
March 9th 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm kinda iffy on this review. Feedback encouraged, yo

WatchItExplode
March 9th 2010



3203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WHEN I FALL DOWN I FALL APART

sorry, can't be bothered to read this right now. Album is hit and miss, like all Alkaline IMO

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2010



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another pretty good review here.

I take issue with 2 words though. Even if you think this is their best, the words "by far" just seem wrong to me.

WatchItExplode
March 9th 2010



3203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

full to the brim - how bout filled to the brim

It's always an invigorating listen, especially when you're angry and feel like screaming at the top of your lungs, the Trio has a style with angry songs that is always flawlessly executed. - break this up after "top of your lungs"

There's also some awkwardness in your descriptions/adjectives but whatevs', you pretty much capture what this is all about so I'll pos you

LOOK AT ALL THOSE STARS


Slum
March 10th 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BAM. Edited.

tom79
March 10th 2010



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such a good album. These guys put on a great show Saturday, too bad Nose Over Tail was the only song they played from this though.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

TRMshadow
August 8th 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is a Good album, just not amazing.

MalleusMaleficarum
June 11th 2011



13784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

superb. probably a 4.5 for me.

blaisetheslayer
August 29th 2011



107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. I snagged the re-release version with Sundials, 97, Weak Week, and another version of Nose Over Tail. I wish they played more tracks from this album live.

Slum
August 29th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They played a good bit of songs from this live when I saw them in February of 2010. Was an amazing show, hope to see them again if I can

pmmets07
May 14th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CRACK MY HEAD OPEN ON YOUR KITCHEN FLOOR

pmmets07
July 17th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

came here to post the lyrics that i apparently already posted three months ago

YankeeDudel
July 18th 2012



9305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good stuff for pop punk

Digging: DJ Spooky - Songs Of A Dead Dreamer

Spec
August 6th 2012



27054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The best

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Cygnatti
October 21st 2012



21349 Comments


maybe i should listen to this

Digging: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah

MalleusMaleficarum
December 3rd 2012



13784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 5 pop punk albums ever, for sure

also loving the new itunes... nowadays ima use these itunes banners for when i make my ever-interesting "NOW LISTENING TO:" posts.

Now Listening To: http://i47.tinypic.com/10ehlcx.png

InfamousGrouse
December 3rd 2012



3188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album yea

Digging: Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank

pmmets07
December 3rd 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new itunes is so fresh so clean



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