• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49

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  1. ReganS.
    Jun 29, 2005
    This album is absolutely horrible. Since "Good Mourning" AK3 has been musically destroying themselves. This isn't "grown up". It's disgusting. It's sickening to see an amazing band like AK3 making such a terrible album.
  2. thomas
    May 29, 2005
    Alkaline trio found a way to over indulge themselves with the misfits-esque horror rock. "Good Mourning" took it too far. This is even worse. Their first albums, dating back to Asian Man Records releases, focused more on drunken pop-punk emo tracks and did not dive into name-dropping the dark lord until "Hell Yes". The last two records just don't seem very genuine.
  3. AndyY
    May 9, 2006
    The Alkaline Trio remain one of the most cringe-inducing bands in rock music. Invoking The Cure is nonsense: Robert Smith remains an excellent songwriter/lyricist/whatever; Matt Skiba stands tall as one of the worst, most banal lyricists currently alive. It's also worth noting that CRIMSON's album artwork is atrocious.
  4. rickityRaw
    Jun 25, 2005
    Seriously though, anyone who knows the least bit about where AK3 came from would know that this album is terrible. But for those who started "listening" to ak3 after they signed to vagrant might like this album. but those people also probably listen to whatever hit bands are on MTV and are avid radio listeners.

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. 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]
  3. On Crimson, Alkaline Trio again manage to make bloodletting sound like hot fun on a Saturday night.