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Agony and Irony CD

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  • Audio CD (4 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B001AI939U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. Calling All Skeletons
2. Help Me
3. In Vein
4. Over and Out
5. I Found Away
6. Do You Wanna Know?
7. Live Young, Die Fast
8. Love Love, Kiss Kiss
9. Lost And Rendered
10. Ruin It
11. Into the Night

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valliam on 20 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having been a fan of the Trio for the past 7 years, I have followed their steady change of direction from the raw and explosive sounds of "Goddamnit" to the smoother and polished finish of "Crimson" with increasing admiration and eagerly anticipated the release of new material. It was quite apparent that this album was never going to return to the early days of crashing drums and jackhammer guitars, but every Trio album has it's own highlights and this one is no exception. On the previous records, it's usually been a 50/50 mix of Skiba/Andriano songs which have been the main contenders, but this album sees a change in direction in favour of Andriano. Several of the Skiba songs are almost halfhearted and tired sounding, and I wonder if Matt Skiba is now writing the kind of songs he expects us to listen to rather than what he actually feels he wants to write about. I can't help but think he's holding something back in his songwriting, with the exceptions being the wonderful opener "Calling all Skeletons" ,and "I Found Away". Dan Andriano's songs on the other hand are exceptional, with the 4 of them contributing much more than Skiba's 7. "In Vein" is the album's masterpiece, with Andriano matching clever lyrics with quirky, haunting and edgy music which makes full use of Derek Grant's understated drumming style. The emotional depth of Andriano's songs on this album are comparable to classics such as "Message from Kathlene" ,"Crawl" and "Maybe I'll Catch Fire", revealing so much of himself in each song that it's hard not to class Skiba's songs as runners up in every category. "Love Love Kiss Kiss" strikes a chord for anyone who's ever been single for any length of time, with Andriano spitting out the words of the chorus with such venom that you can't help but smile in sympathy .Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I haven't actually got this album as yet but as the guys have been good enough to put the whole album on their myspace page for folks to listen to, whenever I have been on my laptop over the past few days, I've logged onto their page first so I could listen to it whilst doing what I had to do.

I have to say, I completely disagree with the other reiview that is up here at the moment, I've listened to the album about 9 times and I love it. I've been a Trio fan for about 6 years now and yes, this album is going in a different direction to previous albums - but what can you expect?? The guys are now in their 30's, Matt and Dan got married, Dan and his wife have a baby, they aren't the angry 20 somethings that we first heard 10 years ago. They are in happier places now - so obviously their sound is going to change. Songwriters mature, go in different directions and try new things, people should just deal with it instead of slating the guys for going in a new direction.

The opener "Calling All Skeletons" is a fantastic tune, which I look forward to hearing them do live. "In Vein" is also one which will get everyone jumping up and down and getting sweaty at their live gigs! On the whole, no the album is not another "Goddamnit" - but for me, I think it's an excellent return for the boys and I think any fan who accepts that Matt and Dan have matured as artists will love it too.
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By JMH1963 on 5 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Alkaline Trio have come a long way since the raw power of 1998 debut Goddamnit. With hindsight fourth album Good Mourning was a watershed for many early fans of the Trio, who still await a 'return to form' and that raw punk sound.

But, from the positive reaction to the new songs on the recent UK tour, many more of us feel that once again Matt, Dan and Derek have delivered an album with more than a few melodic punk masterpieces.

The album opens strongly with the immediately satisfying Calling All Skeletons followed by single Help Me. In Vein is slightly darker, but maintains the strong start. It is arguably the stand out track on the album. I Found Away grabs your attention once more after the pedestrian Over and Out. Do You Wanna Know? and Live Young, Die Fast slow the pace down once again, but the catchy Love Love, Kiss Kiss will probably divide opinion. Lost and Rendered rattles by before Ruin It and Into the Night provide a memorable and uplifting finish.

If there is a problem with Agony and Irony it's in its pacing. It opens with three songs that have been, or could be, singles. At the very least they are likely to be live favourites for many years to come. Unfortunately Track 4 Over and Out, which is by no means a bad song, pales in comparison. But, it's the extended 'slow section' after I Found Away where many fans of the 'old punk days' may give up on Agony and Irony. This would be a shame, because the album closes with two particularly strong tracks.

So, whilst not without its faults, Agony and Irony has much to offer and enjoy. It also provides an accessible introduction to those who have not yet discovered the delights of Alkaline Trio.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ody on 1 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
The death bells ring out with the release of Alkaline Trio's sixth album, their first for V2/Cooperative, produced by Josh Abraham, who has twiddled knobs for the likes of Linkin Park, Slayer and 30 Seconds To Mars. Some may wonder whether the band would stick to the same formula, or perhaps they might decide to sing happy and joyful songs whilst expressing their love of Jesus...er, no, don't worry folks, Matt Skiba hasn't crossed back over from the darkside, and the band still know how to pen a good catchy Punk/Rock song about death, booze, drugs and romance amongst other things...

First song, `Calling All Skeletons' is classic Alkaline Trio and could've come straight from previous album, `Crimson', which gives you a comforting feeling that things won't be too different from previous albums, as Matt, Dan and Derek don't try and be experimental, and God forbid, arty. Following on we have first single, `Help Me' that first appeared on the band's MySpace page generating 70k plays in a single day. Again we have the formula of large and fierce guitar riffs that rise like the Devil, as Matt sings out, "Help me, help me, won't you // Sing me, sing me, one last song // Help me, help me // Somebody help me // Save me from myself..." Good stuff.

We then have Dan's slightly deeper vocals on, `In Vein' that has almost Ska guitars in the verse, and in the background we have the underrated drumming from Derek Grant, who perfectly makes up the missing technical musical parts that may lack with both Dan and Matt taking turns in singing again throughout the album. This also gives Alkaline Trio that distinctive sound. After this we have my favourite song from the album that showcases everything that is good about Matt's song writing.
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