• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: May 24, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. As great as Alkaline Trio are at relating their booze and blood-spattered lives to listeners, it does get a little tedious. But Skiba and Andriano's interlocking harmonies never flag, and the band's rhythms are just too catchy throughout.
  2. If anything, Crimson is the album that will push Alkaline Trio from the edges of the spotlight directly into its midst.
  3. On Crimson, Alkaline Trio again manage to make bloodletting sound like hot fun on a Saturday night.
  4. Their most well-rounded LP so far.
  5. New Musical Express (NME)
    It's a delight to hear. [18 Jun 2005, p.64]
  6. Alkaline Trio's shtick isn't as cartoonish as that of goth-punk outfit AFI, but it can be a bit silly.
  7. Spin
    Crimson... still has its share of macabre wordplay... but the real attraction here is the music, which sounds just as dramatic as the imagery. [Jun 2005, p.105]
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    Crimson's minor-key arrangements... make more room for spooky keyboard ooze and swinging rhythms than those on [their] four previous full-lengths. [27 May 2005, p.136]
  9. Alternative Press
    Overall, the band seem to be running long on ambition and short on ideas. [Jul 2005, p.172]
  10. Blender
    Crimson features enough syrupy string swells, maudlin piano filigrees and layers of production sparkle... to choke an army of purists. But these credibility-destroying effects only enhance the pure pop kick. [Jul 2005, p.114]
  11. Criticising this album because you’re not a teenager is like criticising inhalers just because you don’t have asthma. This may not be for you, but when it hits stride it’s impossible not to get caught up in it.
  12. Crimson may not be AK3s best album, but it’s a welcome, mature effort from one of Vagrant’s best bands.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. JackC
    Jan 21, 2007
    Almost perfect album, soooo goood! Songs like "Sadie" " Dethbed" are just geniusly well done!
  2. Jo
    Dec 14, 2006
    Definately, Alkaline Trio did it differently this time. For my opinion, this album sounds more ''rock'' than the other Definately, Alkaline Trio did it differently this time. For my opinion, this album sounds more ''rock'' than the other ones. They tried something more ''mature'' and it just sounds differently, with less direct songs like ''Fine Without you'' or ''This could be love''. Full Review »
  3. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    Another solid effort.