Note: It's 1:30am. I'm mad tired, and I did this in about 15 minutes. I should have done it some other time, but I'll be expecting comments on how this review is crap. Go crazy with your comments!
Good Mourning. The first CD I ever got by Alkaline Trio. I was, of course, amazed. Why wouldnít I be? This CD compiles some fantastic songs done by the Trio. Released in 2003 on Vagrant Records, this was where Alkaline Trio really got better. Though will Mattís raspy voice from drinking and smoking, it adds on to the songs, just adding affect.
Some songs on this CD are dull, and boring, yet inspiring to beginning musicians because they are so easy. Emma
is an amazingly easy song, maybe boring in some pats, but otherwise a fast, bouncy song. Itís just because the notes are so repetitive. Most of these songs do that, but not all. Continental
and All On Black
have some interesting bass lines, drum lines, guitar, whatever. All On Black
has a complicated bass line, which gives it body, and makes it more full. Blue Carolina
is a neat song, hitting more different notes, which makes it a song without lots of chords. Blue in the Face
is a beautiful acoustic song. I donít know what makes it just so beautiful, but it is. Mattís voice adds to the song, making it sound almost dramatic. Weíve Had Enough
is another fast song. With a cool, but repetitive bass line, it has some nice drumming in it thanks to Derek Grant.
Vocals are something Iíve never really been impressed by, especially by Alkaline Trio. Lots of the lyrics usually do not make sense to me, but they can be alright at times.This Could Be Love
talks a lot about suicide, which is a negative for me. Suicide is ***ing lame, and singing about them makes them look almost like wannabes, which is NOT what they are. Weíve Had Enough
is that king of song where you can paint a picture in your head. What I see in my head is just a simple graveyard with them walking through it, thinking. I canít explain the lyric, thatís just what I see in my head. Boring, right? Thatís what I thought they should have done for their video. But instead, they used a different setting, which doesnít seem to make sense to me. 100 Stories
is another song about ďhurting" yourself, which is stupid. Emma
I guess is about an ex-girlfriend that instead of causing love, caused hate and tragedy. Donner Party (All Night)
is supposed to be about THE Donner Party. Yíknow, the people who died in a freezing tragedy. But, they donít really talk about the Donner Party. They just talk about themselves. Whatever. Blue in the Face
is a beautiful song, but not with a beautiful meaning. This is mainly about an ex-girlfriend, and how she hated Matt or whoever the ďhe" is in this song. Then they talk about dyingÖagain. Not exactly suicide, but still killing/dying.
Lots of these songs have their gloomy side, their cheerful side, their sad side, and their happy side. Any song that has a happy/cheerful side actually isnít really happy. They have lyrics that donít show any happiness at all. If it is happy, they are cheerful for the wrong reason. For example, they are happy because they killed someone they hated. Or, they are happy because they get to die, or they killed themselves. These songs may send a wrong message, but they are extremely catchy, and oneís that I love. I donít approve of suicide/death, but if thatís their opinion, so be it.
This is either my 2nd or 3rd favorite CD by the Trio. Like I said at the beginning, this was the first CD I got by them. I fell in love with it, and itís what got me obsessed with them. This is a fantastic CD, not quite a 5 (Vocals/Lyrics), but is very close. Alkaline Trio was my first band I became infatuated with, and they still are amazing to me. Saying this concludes my review. Have fun listening!