Agony & Irony - Alkaline Trio
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The album is still enjoyable and damn catchy in spots — but knowing as much as we do about this talented trio, it seems like it could have been so much better.
  2. The ominous charm that had fans nose over tail is not completely lost in Agony & Irony. [Aug 2008, p.156]
  3. These guys seem comfortable with the added sheen--a few tracks could be the Killers covering the Misfits--but Skiba's tunes aren't quite as memorable as those on earlier Alkaline Trio discs, which blunts the overall effect.
  4. 60
    These gothed-out Chicago yeomen relish a catoonishly dark lyric and if they eke new inspiration out of anything on their sixth studio album--which bounds along, as though bunny-powered, on a pop-punk beat--it's war. [July 2008, p.70]
  5. Perennial underachievers once again fall short of the mark.
  6. Matt Skiba's bitter lyrics still have an impressive sting, and with My Chemical Romance on hiatus, his misanthropy may yet secure a broader audience. [Aug 2008, p.135]
  7. There's enough gallows humor and goth aggression to get the faithful swaying, but these guys won't be selling out arenas anytime soon.
  8. 60
    After five dark, swift albums, they tread fretfully toward maturity and make it seem like walking into the light. [July 2008, p.92]
  9. Once again, the Trio lives up to expectations--but it's easy to wonder how much longer that will cut it.
  10. Their sound is potent in its simplicity.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. HarryB
    Jul 5, 2008
    9
    This is less like Crimson, more like their older work, but with a whole new element involved as well. I really like it!
  2. Mislav
    Jul 3, 2008
    9
    Alkaline Trio always have great harmonies and clever lyrics, plus two good singers. A few songs on here feel a bit like filler ("Over And Out," "Live Young, Die Fast," "Lost and Rendered"), but for the most part they're all pleasant to listen to if not lots of fun. My biggest BEEF with this CD is how short it is. Full Review »
  3. JohnH.
    Jul 2, 2008
    10
    Great album. Pure Class. Im never gonna turn it off.