produced by Joe McGrath and Jerry Finn
Matt Skiba - vocals, guitar
Dan Andriano - vocals, bass
Derek Grant - drums
- We've Had Enough/One Hundred Stories/ Blue in the Face
- All on Black/ This Could be Love
This is one of my favorite records from my favorite band from that weird pop punk/emo rock era. Alkaline Trio has a similar sound to Blink 182, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World, and all those other almost surfer rock, almost hard rock, almost punk rock bands from the late 90's and early 00's (or whatever we call that decade). The difference for me was the song writing. Liz Phair once remarked about Elvis Costello that his songs about relationships were devastating to women. I like to think that Alkaline Trio's songs about relationships are devastating to love songs. Matt Skiba is far darker and more clever than his contemporaries. Evil makes for some good music, just ask Metallica and the Misfits.
Pitchfork writer, John Dark once wrote that:
"There's quite a bit that Alkaline Trio's music is not. It's not challenging, ambitious, or visionary. It's not clever or self-aware. It's not even terribly skillful. But what it is, is tasty. Pure musical junk food: fast, greasy, and crafted for a general palate."