Agony & Irony - Alkaline Trio
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  • Summary: The latest album for the punk rock trio from Illinois was produced by Josh Abraham.
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  1. Once again, the Trio lives up to expectations--but it's easy to wonder how much longer that will cut it.
  2. Their sound is potent in its simplicity.
  3. 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.
  4. Perennial underachievers once again fall short of the mark.
  5. 60
    After five dark, swift albums, they tread fretfully toward maturity and make it seem like walking into the light. [July 2008, p.92]
  6. 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]
  7. 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]

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  1. JohnH.
    Jul 2, 2008
    10
    Great album. Pure Class. Im never gonna turn it off.
  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 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. Collapse
  3. 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!
  4. Malfuncti0nlethal
    Jun 30, 2008
    8
    Not too bad a cd. they have had some better albums in the past, but this one is in no way bad. it is, however, a bit more mainstream in its Not too bad a cd. they have had some better albums in the past, but this one is in no way bad. it is, however, a bit more mainstream in its sound. my favorite track is probably the first one, "calling all skeletons," a great opening song to an album. i think this album is going to be getting a lot of listening from me regardless. I also recently discovered Heavens, the singer from alkaline trio's side project. also some good stuff, check it out. Expand