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Alkaline Trio – This Addiction

January 7, 2010

It seems that every album Alkaline Trio have released recently has incited numerous calls of ‘sell out!’ coupled with a large amount of pleading that they go back to the days of their first few albums. While songs such as Help Me from Agony & Irony gained the number 14 spot on the american charts it seemed those loyal fans with heart skulls etched into their skin were rapidly jumping ship while Alkaline Trio were finally getting a little of the recognition they deserved. However, when the title track for the new album surfaced a few days ago the reactions were overwhelmingly positive, with many posts on forums calling it a welcome return to the old Alkaline Trio that they fell in love with the first time around.

This Addiction is a short, sharp burst of the morbid punk rock that Alkaline Trio have made their signature, it captures the sound of From Here to Infirmary while showcasing the progression they have made in recent years. Unsurprisingly the song is of the same general theme that we have become accustomed to from the band; love, addition; death and the melancholy side of relationships. With lyrics comparing a relationship to drug addiction, Alkaline Trio firmly reassert themselves as masters of their craft while extending a hand to those who may have abandoned them over their recent albums. There are plethora of comments on the song on youtube stating that this song gives the impression that the new album will be their best yet, and I have no doubt that that prediction will turn out to be true.

Alkaline Trio’s This Addiction will be released on February 23rd on their Heart & Skull label.

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