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Alkaline Trio

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

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I'm going to try my best to write a fair and accurate review for this new album by Alkaline Trio. Its just that I have been such a huge fan of these guys for the longest time, and I don't want to write a biased review, just a fair and accurate one.  

I have been a huge fan of the members of the band for a while now. I followed Dan Adriano through some of my favorite bands like Slapstick and Tuesday while I was a huge fan of Mike Felumlee and The Smoking Popes. I also enjoyed the short run band Jerkwater that featured Matt Skiba on drums.

When I first heard the song "97" from the Johanns Face compilation, "Mark's A Dick, Gars A Drunk" I was pretty amazed. Shortly after when Dan Adriano joined the band I was pretty excited. Releases afterwards like "For Your Lungs Only" and "I Lied My Face Off" (both released on Asian Man Records as c.d. EPs and 7"s) I was once again very happy with the songs and rockin' tunes I heard. However, the whole time I was really afraid that they would break up just because of the track record of all the members, because all their previous bands broke up after making some great music. However, this hasn't been the case.

Fast forward to 1998, and Alkaline Trio released "Godamnit" and literally took over the city of Chicago. I'll always remember when I first heard the album. I went out to the store to buy it a few days after it came out and I decided to just sit there in the parking lot to listen to it instead of driving home. It was a nice spring time day, the weather was beautiful and the sun shinned bright. When I heard it I literally just died. I asked myself "Is it possible for music to be this good?". To this day "Godamnit" is one of my favorite c.d.s of all time and I assure you thousands of people across the country feel the same way.

In December 1999 I saw the Chicago Winter Nationals which was the first ever show that Mike Felumlee played with Alkaline Trio. Weeks before, Glen Porter (ex drummer) was booted from the band and allot of people were complaining at the show about it. I just started at the people in amazement and asked "What the hell is wrong with these people?". I really felt sick to my stomach. These people just had no idea who Mike Felumlee was. Mike Felumlee was the drummer for one of the best bands of all time, The Smoking Popes. His stuff in that band was legendary and truly awesome. There was no one in the whole world that was a better replacement that him, and I have to pat Matt Skiba and Dan Adriano on the back, they made the best choice in recent music history.

In early 2000 Alkaline Trio released their second full length, "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" and again released another great collection of music. Much more darker than previous works and at times stretched and flirted with mellow type theatrics, the c.d. did very well as well and won them more and more fans every day.

Later on in the year Alkaline Trio (along with allot of together top names like Saves The Day, Hot Rod Circuit, and Dashboard Confessional) were signed to Vagrant Records. I was truly overjoyed. I thought that Alkaline Trio finally hit the big time and the singing was more deserving that any band that I can currently name now. Sure Asian Man Records was great and the band had such a great relationship with label, but there was only so much that the label could do because its a small label. Vagrant of course is a much bigger label and can do lots more publicity wise.

Alkaline Trio released two new songs "Crawl" and "Bloodied Up" on the Vagrant Records compilation and once again I was just amazed at the constant quality of the band. These songs were the first that featured Mike Felumlee on the skins and just showed the quality that the guy can produce. I think that those two new songs just about sent everyone in overdrive just about screaming to get the chance to get the new album which would be released on Vagrant.

So here we are folks, Alkaline Trio are about to journey into the next step in their career and release their third full length to date, "From Here To Infirmary". I know many people's mouth's are watering as they read this review. Let me just tell you that the hype behind this album is so justified its sickening. This is one amazing and incredible album, and once again just as when I heard "Godamnit" I feel myself once again questioning life and asking myself, "Is it possible for music to be this good?".

When Alkaline Trio gave "From Here To Infirmary" to Vagrant, the label was "speechless upon delivery", which according to the label "is one HELLUVA hard thing to do". That will further prove to you what an amazing album this is.

This album was once again produced by Matt Allison (who did amazing work for Jawbreaker). As in past works, most of the music deals with drinking, smoking weed, and heartaches from girls. Something I think every guy can relate to in this world. Once again as in "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" the music itself is brilliant, as it is very dark and disturbing. The guitar work, bass, and drums are all once again completely amazing. This is one of the most talented bands today.

The first song, "Private Eye" hit me like a freight train at first hearing and every other time I've heard it since. It starts out with this guitar riff that is amazing and very powerful which is repeated between the choruses and verses. This first track is surely one of the best songs on this amazing album. If you thought that Alkaline Trio had some fucked up lyrics before, you ain't seen anything yet! Check these lyrics out from "Private Eye": "New Year's Eve was as boring as heaven, I watched flies fuck on channel 11, there was no one to kiss, there was nothing to drink, expect some old rotten milk someone left in the sink, and theres no ring on the phone anymore, theres no reason to call anymore I passed out on the floor."

People may feel jipped with they see that the songs from the Vagrant compilation, "Crawl" and "Bloodied Up" are included on this new album. I have to assure you though its fine because both songs have been re-recorded for this album. At times they can sound pretty different from the Vagrant compilation version, but they're for the most part pretty similar. Listening to these songs again just reminds me how amazing these songs are. The biggest difference is at the end of "Crawl" the guitar riffs are replaced by a piano that you might miss on the first listen. After a second listen of so you can point it out easily.

Song three, "Take Lots With Alcohol" (great title) is one of the most catchiest songs on here. It features amazing drumming by Mike Felumlee and possibly is the best Dan Adriano sung song to date. I just can't get enough of this song, and I'm sure it will be yet one more anthem for many people.

"Another Innocent Girl" is another song sung by Dan Adriano. Right at the beginning of the song you can hear him talking. I'm not sure if its a mistake in the recording process that wasn't edited out, but I can't for the life of me figure out what hes saying and its definitely not in the lyrics.

Songs like "You're Dead" and "I'm Dying Tomorrow" (another two titles that set the dark mood of the album) at times play homage to sweet home Chicago. Lyrics include, "Cause if assholes can fly, this place would be busier than OHare" and "I'm dying tomorrow, this house, Chicago". 

"Armageddon" is another album highlight, and one of the best songs. The album is one of frustration and pain. Check out the lyrics: "I wrote the words in this song on the back of a photograph, behind your back it goes, a little something like this is way too big to miss, I got a letter in the mail, the sender failed to let me know where it came from, opened it up and sure enough there we were, arm in arm again, I'll drink this beer and write in fear of a song everybody hates, armageddon let the lights in, before we we say goodbye give us something to believe in".

"From Here To Infirmary" is one powerful album. All songs are forceful and never slow down all that much. Its the one thing I kept on thinking of while listening to this, the word "powerful". I always feel like I'm in some speeding car or train while listening to this new album.

The only complaint I have with this release at all isn't the music at all. Its with the design of the artwork. Me, personally I'm not a big fan of the cover or the c.d. booklet that contains the colors black on red with pictures of syringes and switchblades. Who cares though when music is this good? Without a doubt, one of the years best releases, and its really early in the year too!  

 

 
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boxissick (January 3, 2013)

this is my all time favorite punk album.

sheesh (August 22, 2008)

ahh so good. was a bit disappointed with the new albums (crimson, A&I) but fuck it. no joke: everything they write is gold.

darto (June 5, 2008)

a great album...

TommyPickles (March 21, 2008)

The first time I listened to From Here to Infirmary I wasn't a fan. But after a few more listens it really grew on me, a fine album.

Anonymous (September 26, 2006)

the worst fuckuin band ever and tey should all just stop playing music.

Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (June 15, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

klonny (October 2, 2005)

My first album from Alkaline Trio...And it was pretty amazing. I love Trucks and Trains.

MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

one of the best bands to ever grace the punk scene with its presence. they can do no wrong. this album is their second best, only bettered by good mourning. standout tracks include: "private eye", "mr chainsaw", "stupid kid", "you're dead", "im dying tomorrow", and "crawl."

Anonymous (March 14, 2004)

At the start of Another Innocent Girl Dan says this is the first song i ever wrote! well i think thats wat he says!

Analog_Boy (July 8, 2003)

I'm just another post to prove that this alblum is near enough perfection to get the great '10'. Jesus... don't ignore this comment. This alblum is a true classic in my opinion.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

dude the lyrics for private eye are "New years eve was as boring as heaven i watched flies fuck on channel eleven there was no one to kiss there was nothing to drink cept some old rotten milk someone left in the sink and theres no ring, theres no ring, on the phone anymore theres no reason to call IM passed out on the floor smoked my self stupid and drank my insides raisin dry. u see the difference

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Great Review, Alk3 is the best band ever... and all there albums are just as great as the other ones... but S/T does rise above... i cant wait til there new album comes out in April 2003.

punkboy_1 (November 12, 2002)

these guys can do no wrong. every song on this cd is awesome. hell every song they've wrote is awesome. a must have. i saw these guys live opening for blink and at the warped tour. awesome

ambiotical_sophisticrat (July 28, 2002)

what is so good about the drumming on take with lots of alcohol? its just a basic 4/4 beat with rolls inserted. its rather boring actually as its the same roll every time.

Anonymous (March 1, 2002)

alk3 is the best band ever. this is their worst cd and I still give it a 10

Anonymous (October 18, 2001)

It has a few good songs, but the rest of it falls short. -SaYnE GuY

DrNo (September 4, 2001)

All i have to say is if this is your first Alkaline Trio cd, then chances are that you will like it a lot. However if you were around when "Goddamnit" or "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" came out, well then chances are that you won't really like it. I'm not saying that this cd isn't worth the money, i'm saying in comparison to the previous two...this cd is just a 2/10.

Geoff_Boyardee (June 20, 2001)

message to kevin corazzo: please, please, stop reviewing records. You are a terrible writer at best, and have no idea how to separate personal taste from critical assessment. Your attempt to not make the Alk3 review bias failed miserably; it's dripping with your own untempered adoration of the music.

Anonymous (June 14, 2001)

shitty is the only way to describe this band not just the cd but the band.

Anonymous (May 30, 2001)

i really like 'i'm dying tomorrow' but that's about the only standout i can find on here. most of it is pretty boring. i was expectin something miracuolous and earth shattering after all the hype and after hearing bloodied up, but all i got was about four pretty decent songs. not what i hoped for.

Anonymous (May 29, 2001)

I'd never heard the Trio before this album, so I don't know whether or not its as good as their old stuff. What I do know is that this is now one of my favorite albums of all time.

Anonymous (May 22, 2001)

The guy sounds just like the lead singer from Eve 6.

Anonymous (May 18, 2001)

and, yes, i had heard A3 before this album. They just weren't one of my favorite bands until this album.

Anonymous (May 18, 2001)

ummm....to all you saying this record is bland, a bad record, etc... shut up.
i personally think maybe i'll catch fire is mediocre at best. yes, this album is more poppy. What do you think they're trying to do, write indie rock?! No. They're a pop-punk band if you strip everything else away. MICF did not have near as many hooks and catchy parts, and therefore was not as good of a pop album. How can you say they suck now? I hear from everybody who's an old-school A3 fan that they dont like the new one. I can tell you as an objective listener that, surprise NOTHING DRASTIC HAS CHANGED. There just bigger now, and it seems like they're trying to hard. I'm glad I wasn't an insane A3 fan before, so that i can truly enjoy the 2nd best album Vagrant has ever put out(Something to write home about being the best). And Vagrant had nothing to do with how A3 wrote their songs. Even if their songwriting had changed that much (which it hasn't), it could be the way the band wants their songs to go. But i guess they could continue to fit what their fans wish them to, and not evolve. That would really make for some good music.

Anonymous (May 16, 2001)

i just got this yesterday, and i dont know what all the hype was about. it was pretty good, but not great. i'll probably file it under 'cd's i'll listen to for a month and then pawn for beer' category.- fathead

fathead (April 22, 2001)

Record-Selling-Cop-Out-Crap-Machine! Now that's a good line! I haven't heard this this cd yet, but i'm in no hurry. I commend you on your hilariously descriptive vocabulary.

Anonymous (April 21, 2001)

This has got to be the blandest attempt at a good record I have ever heard. This is the trio, in vain attempt to get back what they started to loose on "Maybe I'll Catch Fire," and completely lost on "From Here To Infirmiry." The songwriting is cliche, the music is completely predictable slop, and "I'm Dying Tomorrow," sounds like a reject Tuesday song. This might have been acceptable if Alk3 was pressed for time. If they had been pressured to put out anything, whatever they had. This is not true!!! Alk3 had over a year and a half to write and record new, original material. This waste of material that some call a CD is an embarrasment to all members of the band. Vers/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Chorus... that si the pattern that is repeated throughout the entire record! These are professional musicians! This proves that the honesty, aggresion, and true heartache that "Goddamnit" had is totally gone. I blame Vagrant. Vagrant, you fucked my once-favorite band into a record-selling-cop-out crap machine. Fuck you Vagrant.

Anonymous (April 19, 2001)

sold out everywhere! I cant even beg for a copy! must be awesome...

Anonymous (April 10, 2001)

thi cd is great not alkaline's best work but great all the same buy it now

Anonymous (March 29, 2001)

you're right i got matt allison mixed with steve albini. oh well can't always get things 100%. hope this review was informative to people.

Anonymous (March 29, 2001)

honestly. possibly the best record of the year. maybe a little more poppy but hey, matt can sing like no other. and this album rocks soo much!! i am so excited to get this and see how much they have evolved. rock and roll. best song: you're dead. just amazing.

Anonymous (March 28, 2001)

Matt Allison has never worked with or on a Jawbreaker record. Were you thinking of steve Albini,i dont know but its wrong.

grant

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