As someone who has been an Alkaline Trio fan for almost as long as the band has existed, just like Crimson and Good Mourning before it, Agony & Irony is more of a disappointment than anything else. Maybe I’m just being one of those guys who says, “I like their early stuff so much better,” but in the case of Alkaline Trio, it is so true.
I remember seeing Alkaline Trio in January or February of 1998 and buying their original demo cassette. This was even before Dan Andriano had joined the band. I remember seeing them a bunch of times at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago. I remember Glenn. I remember how good this band used to be.
Both my wife Amy and I love For Your Lungs Only and Goddamnit but (me more than her) have been slightly disappointed by everything the band has released since drummer Derek Grant joined the band. Yeah, we’ve bought all their records hoping to find something of the “old” Alkaline Trio, but those moments seem to be getting fewer and farther between.
It’s not that Agony & Irony is a bad record; it just isn’t the Alkaline Trio that I loved so long ago and (yes) I’m one of those people that wishes they would have written Goddamnit over and over and over again. The Alkaline Trio just doesn’t feel right with this amount of sheen and all the ridiculous synths that permeate through the songs of Agony & Irony. Despite being much better than Crimson, this isn’t what I was hoping for.
In being so negative about Agony & Irony I’m just trying to be honest. I’m trying to reconcile my feelings about what Alkaline Trio has become and what I wish they still were. In all honesty, if another band had released Agony & Irony it would be easier for me to say positive things, but in comparison to Alkaline Trio’s earlier stuff, this just isn’t the same.
MP3 | Alkaline Trio – Help Me Agony & Irony