Alkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary (Cover Artwork)

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio: From Here To InfirmaryFrom Here To Infirmary (2001)
Vagrant Records

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Contributed by: Philip Broome
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Well, let me just start out by saying, I am probably a little biased. The Alkaline Trio has been one of my favorite bands forever, and well, they just rock! I got ahold of the trio's newest release titled "From Here to the Infirmary" recently, and I decided to let all you know what I thought of i.

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Well, let me just start out by saying, I am probably a little biased. The Alkaline Trio has been one of my favorite bands forever, and well, they just rock! I got ahold of the trio's newest release titled "From Here to the Infirmary" recently, and I decided to let all you know what I thought of it.

At first, I wasn't too sure what to think about this new album. Interviews with the band said that they thought it was different, and the 2 new songs on "Another Year On the Streets" were defnitely in a different vain then their previous albums. Those songs were still great, but I was unsure about an entire album like that.

This album defnitely is classic Trio, with a little bit of a different sound. Their lyrics are still random and full of poetic meaning, in a way that only the Alkaline Trio could do. I still am yet to find a song on this album that just doesn't rock! I highly reccomend this album to any old fans, and of course, everyone who isn't a fan should at least give it 2-3 listens. Overall, this album is just as good, if not better, than anything else they have done. So run out to your record stores on the 24th of April and buy this album.

Also, go catch these guys live. They will be touring extensively starting in late March (with Blink 182 in late April, the followed by a full U.S. tour).


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (June 15, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

dumhed01 (May 25, 2006)

This is my favorite trio album..
Then probably goddamnit..
I don't know what it is about this album..
But i fucking love it..
Matt Skiba is a god among men..
The end.

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

Haha great album. Not as good as Good Mourning but still great. They take the spot of 4th best band in my list. But the song "Mr.Chainsaw" is GREAT! I give it a 8.

thejewvolta (December 22, 2005)

So there I am
11 years old
this is one of the first 'alternative' records I ever bought
and I did it in quarters and singles bitch

warningdevice (December 13, 2005)

One of the best records ever made by anyone anywhere period! I give at a million star review. "Mr.Chainsaw", "Crawl", and "Bloodied Up" are the strongest songs on "Firmary". Felumlee's drumming on this record is absolutely flawless, the only thing that could make thi record better would be an improvement on the cover art, and throwing "Hell Yes" in the mix, and trading "I'm Dying Tomorrow" for "Standard Break From Life"... the other A3 songs with Felumlee. But if you're just getting into this band, you NEED to buy this one first. As great as everything else they've done, this si the topper in my opinion.

Chris666Alk3 (July 1, 2005)

Alkaline trio is one of the best bands ever

Chris666Alk3 (July 1, 2005)

I got this cd and its fuckin awsome. especially Private Eye

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

one of my favourtite bands! So my comment: I love A3.

Ak3atarisriot (May 8, 2003)

I love Alkaline Trio

ApAtHeTiC-BaNd-GeEk (May 31, 2002)

This one is good. It does lack some of the edge of thier earlier releases though.

Anonymous (March 21, 2001)

Alkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary
This is one hell of an EP. Too bad it's a full length. The Alkaline Trio continues it's descent into mediocrity and it seems no one can stop them. It's a damn shame, really. This band used to be spectacular. "Goddamnit" is an amazing album and it's still in my personal heavy-rotation to this day. I own "For Your Lungs Only" and "I Lied My Face Off" on both vinyl and CD because I love it that much [and because, one day, when I need money, eBay will probably see both]. "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" was a departure for the band, providing me with their first song that I really disliked ["Sleepyhead"] and providing them with a much wider audience. Isn't that the way it always is for bands? It always seems like a band's best material comes out before anyone knows who they are. On "From Here To Infirmary" it's obvious that the Trio has realized their new situation -- they're now on Vagrant Records [which is quickly turning into one of the most dominant indie labels out there], they're touring with bigger and bigger names [Now it's Blink 182], and they're generally becoming more available to mainstream popularity. This album definitely shows that this knowledge has been received by the band, at least somewhat.

The album kicks off with "Private Eye." This song immediately starts to fall into the "stereotypical" Alk3 song, with the chord changes in the same ol' places and obscenities being thrown in just for the hell of it, so it seems. "Mister Chainsaw" is next, and tries to sound like "Clavicle" but falls flat on it's face. Dan steps up to the mic for "Take With Lots Of Alcohol," and is probably the worst song I've ever heard him sing. This is no "Message from Kathlene" or "She Took Him To The Lake." Moving on, "Stupid Kid" gives the album a temporary shot in the arm, being the first good song on the CD. This might be due to the fact that the song is only 2:23, whereas the first three songs were all over 3 minutes. Maybe the Trio figured out to cut some of the filler out? Maybe not. "Another Innocent Girl," again sung by Dan, clocks in at 3:37, but they're able to pull it off, somewhat. The song is very reminiscent of "You've Got So Far To Go," but in a good way. "Steamer Trunk" is by far the most unmemorable Alk3 song I have ever heard. Boring as all get out. So far the album has only has one song I'd like to listen to again. Taking a look at the second half of the album, it tends to get much much better.

"You're Dead" is a nice slow number that is this album's "San Francisco." It's a very good song, to be blunt. "Armageddon" follows it up as a great fast punk number. The song is even better live. "I'm Dying Tomorrow" is the best song Dan sings on this album, and is one of the best he has ever sung. There is definite emotion in his voice here. I'm getting chills from this one. Next is "Bloodied Up," one of two songs the Trio gave to the "Another Year On The Streets" comp [the other one being "Crawl"], and sounds great. The fast tempo change seems to come out of nowhere, and I love it. "Trucks And Trains" has a "Sleepyhead" vibe to it, but it just sounds better overall. "Crawl" ends the album with not so much of a bang but not a whimper, either. Dan's voice soothes you for four and a half minutes, and to be honest, this could be a Smoking Popes song. It's a great album ender, and it makes me want to play the album again -- until I realize the first 6 songs are pretty boring.

The Alkaline Trio is shooting for the stars with this album, and I think a lot of former die-hards will abandon them on their journey. I'm just glad I didn't get that tattoo of the skull in the heart on my arm now...

Anonymous (March 20, 2001)

the trios new cd rocks

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