Good Mourning CD (2003)

Artist: Alkaline Trio

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Everything the Alkaline Trio has done has been gut-punchingly great and Good Mourning can sit proudly next to those other albums without having to hover above them. In keeping with its title, Good Mourning reveals and reinforces a peculiar Skiba trait: He rarely sounds more alive than when he's singing about death, whether it's the death of a relationship, or in the case of Good Mourning's "This Could Be Love," his own demise. It was a dark year, explains Skiba. "With the band it was great, but I definitely had some things to write about. It feels good to get some of those things off your chest rather than have them swimming around in your head all the time. Aside from playing music with my friends and traveling with my friends, getting those kind of things out has become necessary for me." "We've already gotten leaps and bounds beyond anything I would've imagined with this band," says Skiba. "Hopefully this doesn't scare anybody away, and hopefully it invites some new friends."


Label Vagrant Records
SKU 60596868
UPC 601091038127
UPC 14 00601091038127
Format CD
Release Date 5/13/2003
Author Alkaline Trio
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Technical Info
Engineer Joe McGrath
Producer Joe McGrath; Jerry Finn
CatalogID 381
Lable Name Vagrant
Released 05/13/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601091038127
Album Notes and Credits
Alkaline Trio: Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar); Daniel Andriano (vocals, bass); Derek Grant (drums).
Personnel: Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar); Daniel Andriano (vocals); Derek Grant (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jerry Finn.
Recording information: Cello Studios.
Photographer: Jay Blakesberg.
Though most of the songs on the Alkaline Trio's GOOD MOURNING don't seem to be literally about death, titles like "Fatally Yours" and "All On Black" (not to mention the pictures of crosses and white lilies that adorn the disc's packaging) suggest a rather fatalistic listening experience. In this case, first impressions are only partly accurate. Over the course of a half-dozen solid albums, the Alkaline Trio has positioned itself as a kind of anti-Blink 182; sonically, the band deals in the same stripped-down vocal harmony-laden pop-punk, but trades the lyrical frat boy frivolity for stark, serious ruminations on interpersonal relationships' most angst-ridden moments. Here, the trio continues to refine its approach, delivering every tune with a single-minded earnestness that practically defines the emo-core aesthetic.
Artist Overview
A mainstay of the Chicago punk and hardcore scenes of the 1990s and 2000s, Alkaline Trio play a somewhat darker and more textured--though typically fast and furious--brand of punk that gives sonic representation to the anger and desperation that fuels the group's music. Years of relentless touring and recording, plus keen commercial acumen, have put Alkaline Trio near the top of the contemporary punk-rock heap. The band has recorded for the esteemed indie labels Vagrant and Asian Man.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/29/03, p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's enough murder and mayhem to satisfy any SCARFACE groupie..."
Spin (6/03, pp.99-100) - "...Their best by a mile..." - Grade: A-r
Entertainment Weekly (6/20/03, p.73) - "...At a time when most emo-core blandly follows a mall-rat-shallow blueprint, Alkaline Trio provide some much-needed counterpoint. Black humor never sounded so sweet..." - Rating: B
CMJ (5/26/03, p.6) - "...The self-deprecating humor and Warped Tour cynicism that helped solidify the Alkaline Trio's entree into poppy melodicism intermingle for another 12 bleak odes, distinguished by reverberating guitar lines and, yes, even chimes..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Blood-soaked poetry, relationship trauma and delicious melodies all set alongside each other..."
Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The Alkaline Trio have delivered an album offering far more than the pink blush of awkward adolescence..."
Disc 1
1 This Could Be Love
2 We've Had Enough
3 One Hundred Stories
4 Continental
5 All On Black
6 Emma
7 Fatally Yours
8 Every Thug Needs A Lady
9 Blue Carolina
10 Donner Party (All Night)
11 If We Never Go Inside
12 Blue In The Face
ReviewSource E! Online
Review For a bunch of Goth-looking punks who like to hang out in cemeteries, the guys in the Alkaline Trio, certainly sound like happy chaps on their latest disc. But dig deeper. These underground favorites have a rich history of mixing weird poetry, dark themes and all-around creepy stuff into their music.
Blender The mean-spirited sounds of Good Mourning are easy to listen to, but hard to forget.
Spin Their best by a mile.
Rolling Stone There's enough mayhem and murder to satisfy any Scarface groupie.

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