Alkaline Trio
From Here To Infirmary


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (10 Reviews)
November 4th, 2005 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The Alkaline Trio. A band I had previously never heard of, I read some reviews,*downloaded an album*and instantly fell in love. They're a three man*band, kinda like Blink 182. The bassist is very good, as is the drummer. The difference is that the "main" lead singer does not have a high-pitched singing voice. Their music is amazingly catchy, but their instrumental is amazingly simple for music that is so good.
It's disappointing these guys don't get much recognition. They really deserve to get their music played, so people will hear it. But not too much, since I don't want them to get overplayed and overhyped. Perhaps I prefer it like this, kinda secretive, not murdered by the media.

The album starts with Private Eye. I looked up the guitar tabs and it's one of the easiest songs I've seen recently. Very simple but catchy guitar riffs, audible and catchy basslines and good drums support strong singing by Matt. The chorus kicks in, and it is very catchy, well worth the listen. A strong opener, and it puts you in the drivers' seat to listen to a good album. Already, one of my favorite tracks off the CD has appeared. The story of Mr. Chainsaw is the lyrics. There's no chorus in the song, but they're unbelievable. Very good rhyming and creativity on the part of Matt is truly impressive. I was raving about these lyrics for weeks when I first heard them. He pours out rhyme after rhyme, and they're not even those cheesy forced rhymes you always hear. They're creative as hell, and I can't choose what lines to put since there are so many. But as for the rest of the song, again there's a rather simple guitar and bass part, but the drums are very solid and strong. Incredible song overall.

After such great songs, it's time for a break. Take With Lots of Alcohol starts with a little drum solo, and I love the drums. This makes the song really attractive, but Daniel's lead vocals are a bit of a turn off. I'm not saying he's a bad singer, but it just doesn't fit. The guitars play the same chord repeatedly and it gets very old and annoying pretty quick. It isn't the best lyrically, nor is it instrumentally or vocally. Skippable track for me. Stupid Kid is next. Lyrically, it's kinda rude and impolite, with "Remember when I said I love you, well forget it I take it back." Very interesting, strange and entertaining song. Again, there's repeated guitar chords, but there's a little riff, which is a bit of an improvment from the previous track, in my opinion. It's a bit catchy, but they can do better than this. I have proof in the next track, Another Innocent Girl. Dan sings lead here too, and now I know he isn't a bad singer, pretty good actually. He sings with a strong voice here, while playing a good bass too. The chorus shows off his voice, very catchy and addicting. I really like the drums here too, even though they're not spectacular, they're addicting too. It took a couple of listens for this song to grow on me, but no more than that. I'm glad it did; this is a very good song.

Matt's back on Steamer Trunk. I really like the presence of the bass so far, it makes the songs much more pleasant to listen to. The chorus is catchy as hell here, with strong backing vocals by Dan. Lots of drumming on the crashes by Mike seems tiring, and so do the numerous amounts of drum rolls. You're Dead is a strange song, and not a favorite. Matt sounds bored singing, as does the instrument playing. Very repeated stuff for everything, kinda slow, if you ask me. Another skippable track and the worst part is that it's 4 minutes long.

After the worst song on the album, they come up with Armageddon. Thank God, literally. Starts off right away, fast and catchy already. The verse is one of the catchiest and best verses I have ever heard. Strong singing is back, as are the energetic bass, drums and guitar. The drums have lots of drum rolls everywhere, the bass is faster and catchier and the guitar plays addicting riffs everywhere. One*of the best on the CD, along with Private Eye. It's songs like I'm Dying Tomorrow that make me a bit confused if I like Dan's singing. His voice seems to drone on, but in a bit of a catchy tone, so I'm not sure if I like it much. Actually, the lyrics remind me a bit of Good Riddance because they talk about leaving and hoping everyone had the best time. Guitars and bass get repetitive, as does the singing, putting the song on the boring side. Not the best effort, but certainly not the worst.

To be honest with everyone, I haven't listened to Bloodied Up that much, and I'm not sure why. It's a very good song, with great solid drumming, a nice voice singing the good lyrics, catchy guitar riffs and strong bass parts, basically everything you need for a very good song. Perhaps I was busy thinking that Private Eye and Armageddon are the best songs on the album. Same goes for Trucks and Trains too, damn I'm really missing some good songs here. A high pitched guitar riff comes in, which is a bit rare. It's followed by a dark sounding bassline, accompanying the singing. The singing gets louder in the chorus, and that adds a nice touch to the song in general. Very catchy, another favorite from the album. The final song is Crawl. It's very slow to start (the rhythm), but it does speed up, and it's accompanied by yet another strong bass line. Dan sings, and this time the voice fits. The chorus is very catchy, starts off right on time with the snare, and it splits...it just sounds good, can't explain it. Strong drumming on the part of Mike, and good guitar playing by Matt. The end is really annoying as hell though, with Dan singing, "I don't know who your boyfriend is." However, there's a good drum roll to accompany it, but the words are really cheesy. Overall though, it's a good way to close the album.

Overall, I really like the album. It's very catchy, lots of strong bass lines and drum beats and drum rolls. I like the way they use Matt as the main lead singer, but they throw in a song sung by Dan once every few songs. It adds a nice touch to the album, and sounds interesting. I like it, and I'm sure others will too.

Overall album rating: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Chilly-Bean-Bop
November 4th 2005


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love you. This is a great album, and my favorite tracks are probably Bloodied Up and Trucks and Trains. Lovely job. :thumb:

Zebra
Moderator
November 4th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, even though I don't think that a track by track was needed. I enjoyed this back in my middle school days, but now this album doesn't do much for me.

Chilly-Bean-Bop
November 4th 2005


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're 16th, Zebra?! Wow, great job!

masada
November 5th 2005


2733 Comments


I don't see what's so great about this band.

CushMG15
November 5th 2005


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They write catchy music with lyrics that people can relate too. And, in all honesty, thats what a lot of people look for in music. I really enjoy this band, although they really aren't that special.

NEDM
November 5th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alkaline Trio just get better and better to listen to. I missed a show they were playing in my city. I got real upset.

kolzig33189
November 5th 2005


335 Comments


ive heard most of this cd and it is pretty good

Chilly-Bean-Bop
November 5th 2005


344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote="BTBP"]Alkaline Trio just get better and better to listen to. I missed a show they were playing in my city. I got real upset.[/quote]

They're okay live. Matt's voice isn't too great. Was it the show with MCR and Reggie and the Full Effect? I missed that one too. :upset:

Med57
Moderator
November 5th 2005


1001 Comments


Just start writing however feels naturally, and then progress, to be honest. Everyone who writes a track by track does one in a slightly different way, and you've just got to find your own style. Try focusing on some high points in one paragraph and low points in another if you want to make sure that you keep some structure going. Basically I'd say to write 4 or 5 paragraphs and talk about a different thing in each one.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 25th 2005


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great album, this band have never put a foot wrong, in my eyes in anyway.

The Matrix III
December 3rd 2005


12 Comments


good review, and i love this album also. However, I think this is a more inconsistent album by A3. I'd give two songs a 2, which i never thought i'd do for an A3 album :upset:

I rated six songs 5 though

labonza01
December 17th 2005


546 Comments


alkaline trio is awesome, this is, in my opinion, their best album yet, stupid kid and armegeddon are my favorite songs from them, good review, but i dont agree with it completely

SyphonAss
December 17th 2005


141 Comments


this was a good cd by a great band.... still not in my top 3 though

Zamboni Blue
January 30th 2006


8 Comments


Very good cd, very good review

atheistpeace
March 16th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

is it just me or didnt the bbc use the opening riff to trucks and trains to promote match of the day? people in britain u understand what i said right?

ducktape415
July 5th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I came in to late in alkaline trios carrer this was the first one i got and i think its the best then i got crimson and i disopointed it was so different. Great but different. any way very good review.

irtehmitchell
July 20th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best alk3 album. love it.

punx1989
December 21st 2006


5 Comments


I have been a fan of Alkaline Trio since the start. When I hear this album I was completely amazed with songs such as Private Eye, Mr. Chainsaw, Stupid Kid, and Armageddon. Overall it is their best album.

punx1989
December 21st 2006


5 Comments


I have been a fan of Alkaline Trio since the start. When I head this album I was completely amazed with songs such as Private Eye, Mr. Chainsaw, Stupid Kid, and Armageddon. Overall it is their best album.

WhosEmo
January 16th 2007


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i should spam... or not,


How badly should i download this to me Ipod?
I own Crimson and i luv it.This Message Edited On 01.16.07



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