ALKALINE TRIO: This Addiction: CD

Mar 04, 2010

Aw, man. Okay, I want to love this. I really do. This band has put out three of my favorite records, and, while it often raises an eyebrow, Crimson is easily my favorite of the lot, so I’m not exactly adverse to their “spookier” side or their more recent forays into melodic rock territory. When I got wind that this new record was going to be a return to their “punk” sound (rarely a successful initiative), I was very cautiously optimistic. After one listen, I wasn’t exactly floored. Song titles like “Dine, Dine My Darling” and “The American Scream” already had me cringing, and the rather uninspired, throwaway songs themselves certainly didn’t make up for it. There are some great tracks on here, for sure (sadly, one being “Draculina”), but I fear that these three incredibly talented young men have crossed one step too far into cartoon territory. It’s entirely possible that, in time, I will love this record (which happened with Agony and Irony), but my hopes ain’t high. Dang.

 –Dave William (Heart & Skull)