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Good Mourning (2003)

Artist: Alkaline Trio
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Format: CD
Sku: 60596868
UPC: 601091038127
UPC 14: 00601091038127
Release Date: 5/13/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. This Could Be Love ~ Alkaline Trio
2. We've Had Enough ~ Alkaline Trio
3. One Hundred Stories ~ Alkaline Trio
4. Continental ~ Alkaline Trio
5. All On Black ~ Alkaline Trio
6. Emma ~ Alkaline Trio
7. Fatally Yours ~ Alkaline Trio
8. Every Thug Needs A Lady ~ Alkaline Trio
9. Blue Carolina ~ Alkaline Trio
10. Donner Party (All Night) ~ Alkaline Trio
11. If We Never Go Inside ~ Alkaline Trio
12. Blue In The Face ~ Alkaline Trio
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."

"The mean-spirited sounds of Good Mourning are easy to listen to, but hard to forget.   Blender
"Their best by a mile.   Spin
"There's enough mayhem and murder to satisfy any Scarface groupie.  Rolling Stone

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Alkaline Trio: Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar); Daniel Andriano (vocals, bass); Derek Grant (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar); Daniel Andriano (vocals); Derek Grant (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jerry Finn.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cello Studios.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jay Blakesberg.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Joe McGrath; Jerry Finn

Engineer: Joe McGrath

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Muppets: The Green Album
Muze Music Compilations Songs Of Tony Sly:tribute
Muze Music Compilations 2010 Warped Tour Compilation

Associated Artists and Works

Hot Water Music
One Man Army

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/13/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 381
Music Label Name Label : Vagrant (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00601091038127

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)
- "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..."

E! Online
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.
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