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Maybe It'll Catch On
on 18 May 2003
Cast your minds back a year. Exams are looming, promising pain and death. I bought From Here To Infirmary in the hope that it would provide the perfect backdrop for the bleak days of revision and lonely nights of panic.
It did, and it remains one of my favorite mood setting albums.
Well, a year on the exams are here once more. This time Maybe I'll Catch Fire is chosen to complement my mood. Will it work?
MICF is a smaller collection than FHTI (not counting bonus tracks), yet regrettably it actually contains more filler. Madame Me and Tuck Me In passed by without me noticing, and Sleepy Smile only redeemed itself with a cool chorus. There is still genius here; Keep 'Em Coming; the title track , and especially the kick ass "love" songs of You've Got So Far To Go and She Took Him To The Lake make for great listening. The album proper ends well with Radio, but of the four bonus tracks only Goodbye Forever registers on the emotions; and thats only because it reminds me of You're Dead. In fact, this enitre album is basically an embryonic form of FHTI, and while there are definite signs of greatness here, you'd do better to concentrate on Alkaline Trio's arrival at greatness, rather than the journey to it.