Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
September 12th, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alkaline Trio's self titled b-sides albums is the last release with the band's classic lineup before going in a more commercial direction and leaving many hardcore fans in the dust.

After the release of Alkaline Trio's second album Maybe I'll Catch Fire, the band moved in a more commercial direction with their third studio release, From Here To Infirmary which helped propel them into the mainstream. In between these albums, Alkaline Trio released a self titled b-sides album that would be their last record with their old sound and classic lineup. Alkaline Trio is a stellar batch of songs compiled mostly from EPs the band released before and in between their first two albums. It's rare that a b-sides album is great, but it's even rarer when a b-sides album is on par or better than many of a band's releases, and this is most certainly the case with Alkaline Trio's phenomenal self titled album.

Alkaline Trio feels like a nice mixture of the band's first two records, showing off their more fun side with the light hearted track about drinking with a buddy after a break-up "My Friend Peter" and the band's shortest song to date and one hell of a ride "Snake Oil Tanker." Of course the other side of the coin is present as well with some of the band's darkest and saddest tracks littering the record. Songs like "Bleeder" and" I Lied My Face Off" explore the darker side of Alkaline Trio continuing what Maybe I'll Catch Fire did. Alkaline Trio is also home to the fan favorite "97," which makes it presence known as the powerful album closer. Being simultaneously upbeat musically and depressing lyrically, "97" is a brilliant example of what the Chicago three piece is all about. Alkaline Trio shows off both sides of the band perfectly and works as a great bridge between Goddamnit and Maybe I'll Catch Fire.

Alkaline Trio is the last release a lot of the band's hardcore fans enjoyed before the band started its fateful trek into the mainstream. There is nothing remarkable or unique about the record, being simply 13 stellar cuts that are quality enough to put most other pop punk band's studio albums to shame. The fact that Alkaline Trio is better than all of the band's later releases is sad, but ultimately just shows how remarkable this b-sides album really is.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short review comin' at ya
Best b-sides album ever and one of my favorite albums in general


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bungy
September 11th 2012


8843 Comments


Cool. I should check this out

Solisis
September 11th 2012


370 Comments


cool review, cool band too

WeepingBanana
September 11th 2012


10146 Comments


Nose Over Tail is such a classic

bungy
September 11th 2012


8843 Comments


Oh cool Nose Over Tail is on this

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FHTI is a mixed big for me, it's a light 4 I'd say
I'm reviewing it so don't worry

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


19756 Comments


Gonna have to check this out. Love this band but haven't heard all these songs.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love every track on this
97, Cooking Wine, I Lied My Face Off, Snake Oil Tanker and Bleeder all rank up there with Alk3's best tracks

YoYoMancuso
September 11th 2012


11080 Comments


great album, good review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks buddy, I really enjoyed your Surfer Rosa review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Check out 97 if you want to know what the band is all about

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Matt has never been a very "good" singer like traditionally good
On their recent albums they auto-tuned the fuck out of his vocals and he sounds really good
The other singer Dan has a really unique voice so it doesn't really matter how good he sings idk I love em

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah they went more mainstream with each release and alienated old school fans while rising up the billboard charts with each release

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their newest album got to number 11 on the charts which is very impressive for being on an indie label

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My Friend Peter always reminds me of Satty lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe I'll Catch Fire should be right up your alley
It's dark and dreary and atmospheric


YoYoMancuso
September 11th 2012


11080 Comments


"Thanks buddy, I really enjoyed your Surfer Rosa review"

thank you, it's difficult to do that album justice

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're tellin me
I've always wanted to review Doolittle but I don't think I could do it justice

YoYoMancuso
September 11th 2012


11080 Comments


pixies-doolittle

Iamthe Nightstars
September 11th 2012


2249 Comments


MICF is their best. It's got the sing-a-long goodness to it.

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