2005 - Vagrant
This album is a bit of a tricky one, a few standout tracks are neatly surrounded by some pretty bland efforts, much like every other Alk 3 release. This is slightly disappointing as the talent is obviously there yet keeping it going across a full album just seems that little bit too much.
Alkaline Trio retain their crown as one of the darkest mainstream punk bands of the day, and keep with it their originality. I like it when bands get radio play (Time To Waste got a lot on Radio One in the UK) but if they lose what makes them them, then its kinda pointless. Thankfully it doesn’t happen here, they almost made it with Good Mourning and Crimson should push them over fully.
It’s clear that a change in sound has occurred here, whether to put them in the mainstream or not I don’t know, but it does work and it keeps the band fresh for this, their 5th full length release.
Nice work from Skiba, Adriano and Grant, but yet again not perfect.
Standout Tracks: Time to Waste, Back to Hell
Punk, Emo, Rock