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Babylon [Limited Edition]

Matt Skiba & The SekretsVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Biography

A trooper, a vagabond, a minstrel and an artist - over the course of fifteen years and eight full-length albums as the lead singer/songwriter for Chicago’s Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba has been all of these things. Touring the world, heart on sleeve, Skiba has consistently penned some of the great dark pop anthems of the past decade. For both major labels and indies, whether it be ... Read more in Amazon's Matt Skiba & The Sekrets Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Superball Music
  • ASIN: B007O3BHJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voices
2. All Fall Down
3. Luciferian Blues
4. Haven t You?
5. The End of Joy
6. You
7. Olivia
8. Falling Like Rain
9. How the Hell Did We Get Here?
10. Angel of Deaf

Editorial Reviews

A trooper, a vagabond, a minstrel and an artist - over the
course of fifteen years and eight full-length albums as the lead
singer/songwriter for Chicago's Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba has
been all of these things. Touring the world, heart on sleeve,
Skiba has consistently penned some of the great dark pop
anthems of the past decade. Now, after so many years as part
of the band that has come to define him, Skiba has stepped out
from the Trio to create Babylon, the debut album from MATT
SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS.
Babylon doesn't mark a major sonic departure from the infectiously
catchy, sanguine-stained tunesmanship Skiba is known
for. The songs are still cleverly-crafted and instantly memorable,
but the details of the tracks on Babylon are what separate
this album from all of his previous output. His independence
from the confines of a group dynamic allow the songs to
take flight, subtleties intact, and elevate the music from mere
songs to exquisite songcraft.
Teaming up with AFI's Hunter Burgan on bass and My
Chemical Romance's Jarrod Alexander on drums, Babylon
remains the creation of Skiba himself. It's a band, but it's not
a band. It was great to have Hunter and Jarrod come in and
play. They are both great musicians and it was a thrill to play
with them. Everyone involved in the album breathed life into
the ideas, making them songs and giving those songs a foundation
that couldn't be stronger or more inspired.

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars technically good May 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is technically a good album, but I found myself not wanting to go back for a 2nd or 3rd listen. There's definitely some catchy songs included, but it lacks the energy of Alkaline Trio...of course, this isn't Alkaline Trio. Good effort from Matt, but I'm sure this will be on auto-play at Hot Topic before long & I'll hide the CD in shame.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I 100% agree with one of the other reviewers, its not a "bad" album, but "I found myself not wanting to go back for a 2nd or 3rd listen." No songs are strong enough to stand out as single or hits for me after the first listen, I felt kinda disappointed. I love love love old Alkaline Trio. Little by little i feel myself not enjoying their new albums as much. I own all the "proper" albums and more, but 'Agony and Irony' and 'This Addiction' felt VERY similar to this album - nothing grabs you off them. Just a bunch of generic Alkaline Trio; nothing worth recommending. If I hadn't already been a fan of the band, these albums or this solo album wouldn't recruit me. And this album is SO much like Alkaline trio that I find myself lumping it in with them, wish it had sounded a little more unique? So lately their output isn't grabbing me - acoustic stuff on Damnesia didn't grab me, Matt had a demos album that was very lacking, and now they are doing solo stuff. Hopefully this isn't the end for Alkaline Trio, but they aren't putting out anything I really want to buy. Its not bad in anyway, but its not what made me a fan.

That being said, if you are a new Alkaline Trio fan, and you really like the last few albums they put out, you'll like this too I'm sure. I personally wish Matt had just done another Heavens album, that was different enough from Alkaline trio it made sense for a solo album, and I liked it a lot. This one on the other hand just seems like it would have been the next lackluster trio album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Matt can do no wrong May 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good cd. It has influences from his other band The Heavens and Alkaline trio during the Crimson cd. The song order though should be mixed a little bit. The beginning starts off up tempo and from the middle on till the end gets a little dull and slow. Still, this is a good effort by the one and only Matt Skiba.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Alkaline Trio Fan October 22, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a hugh Alkaline Trio fan and just love about everything Matt Skiba does! I like his work in Alkaline Trio better then his solo work. I even like his work with The Hell a little bit better then this album. However, I have listened to this album 50+ times and I just love it. Its fun to listen to and I Skiba's vocals are awesome. Is this the most amazing album in the world... No, but I would recommend to any Skiba or Alkaline Trio fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Headline required July 11, 2013
By Morgan
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
More of Matt, sounds like a bit of Agony and Irony, a bit of This Addiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! February 8, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Out of all the Matt Skiba projects, this is by far my favorite. It has a little of all his projects rolled into one. Simply havent stopped listening to it. Unfortunately when I bought it the first time, the CD didnt make it to my car before it was stolen.
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