Crimson - Alkaline Trio
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  • Summary: Jerry Finn (blink-182) produced this follow-up to 'Good Mourning.'
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. 83
    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]
  3. 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]
  4. Crimson may not be AK3s best album, but it’s a welcome, mature effort from one of Vagrant’s best bands.
  5. If anything, Crimson is the album that will push Alkaline Trio from the edges of the spotlight directly into its midst.
  6. On Crimson, Alkaline Trio again manage to make bloodletting sound like hot fun on a Saturday night.
  7. Alkaline Trio's shtick isn't as cartoonish as that of goth-punk outfit AFI, but it can be a bit silly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. AndrewD
    Jun 14, 2005
    The best Alkaline Trio's album for sure and one of the best pop-punk records within last 10 years.
  2. Skev
    Jul 24, 2005
    an absalute musical masterpeice, i have had it since the relese date and i am still listening 2 it once or more a day, i cant get enough cant w8 to see them on the 21st of novemer, ALKALINE TRO RULE!!! Expand
  3. JamesG
    Oct 10, 2005
    Sheer brialliance. Their most complete album.
  4. Nick:O
    Aug 24, 2005
    I like this ablum A LOT, the only thing I feel it lacks is the songs that you can't stop singing all day. I had that with From here to infermary (Private Eye and Trucks and Trains), Goddamnit (Southern Rock, Clavicle) and Good Mourning had me singing Continental, Emma and This Could Be Love for over a month straight. Great album... but the songs just aren't as sticky. Dethbed and the Poison are great and may stick after closer examination though :D Expand
  5. ZelaneG
    Jul 31, 2005
    Musically it is brilliant, very catchy too, the introduction of new harmonics and melodic piano pieces give great depth to the music. The lyrics are naturally the best part however, dan and matt are lyrical geniuses who songs would make A grade poetry "below a sky that knows no stars, you'll never shine again". Deffinatly an asset to my alk collection, however like many true alk fans I realy would like the next album to have a track back to the goddamit days, i do so miss the done in a garage just to piss people off sound. Dissapointing album title and cover also. AND HAHAHAHAHAHA I'M SEEING THEM LIVE AT A 500 PEOPLE VENUE IN 2 WEEK : D Expand
  6. traysin
    May 30, 2005
    After the first three tracks, this album is incredibly dull. Maybe i had high expectations from being a huge alkaline trio fan, but most of this album seems over-produced and unfelt. Maybe because the band didn't experience any of those real-life romantic catastrophes up to this album, maybe that helped? Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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