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This Addiction

Alkaline TrioAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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From the opening seconds of the title track of Alkaline Trio’s seventh studio album This Addiction, it appears the Chicago-bred threesome may have found the place its entire career has been leading. While the album’s opener blazes at a tempo reminiscent of the band’s 1998 debut Goddamnit and features a signature Matt Skiba lyric of fatal co-dependency, the whole affair feels ... Read more in Amazon's Alkaline Trio Store

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0031WY1E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Addiction
2. Dine, Dine My Darling
3. Lead Poisoning
4. Dead On the Floor
5. The American Scream
6. Off the Map
7. Draculina
8. Eating Me Alive
9. Piss and Vinegar
10. Dorothy
11. Fine

Editorial Reviews

Alkaline Trio It's been 11 years since Alkaline Trio released their first full-length album, Goddamnit. In that time, they've toured the world, sold over a million records, and expanded their sound radically beyond their original straight-ahead punk style, incorporating production slick enough to earn them mass exposure on outlets like MTV's The Hills. Now with This Addiction, their seventh album and first for Epitaph, the Chicago rockers are heading back to their roots.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Generic with few stand-outs May 6, 2011
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I'm a long-time fan of Alk Trio, but this most recent record of theirs just didn't do it for me. It isn't a bad record, but there aren't any songs that really grabbed me, and lyrically, it just didn't seem to resonate quite as well as many of their other stuff has. Overall, not bad, but I would say my least favorite of their studio albums.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Addiction February 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Unlike many longtime fans, I have actually enjoyed the progress that Alkaline Trio has made since their debut over a decade ago to 2008's Agony & Irony. The band has shown great leaps in songwriting and musicianship. They've matured as musicians and artists. The writing has become much more melodic and the hooks have gotten stronger.

2010's This Addiction is the perfect combination of the new mature songwriting style with the original punk edge that they debuted with. The songs are dark, powerful, and fast (for the most part), yet still melodic. There should be enough on this album to satisfy both old fans and newer fans of the band.

Some personal favorites are the title track, which sounds very reminiscent of their early days, the hard and fast rocker American Scream, and the beautifully melodic Draculina.

My only regret in buying this album is that I hastily bought it before I realized that there was a deluxe version of it available. The deluxe version is only $2 more and offers 6 more tracks and a bonus live DVD. You can't beat that!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Old, Something New March 11, 2010
By Weston
Format:Audio CD
For a band with seven studio albums and other numerous appearances, it's almost impossible not to compare their new material with their old. That's just fine in the case of Alkaline Trio, since the band is doing what it's always done since 1996.

On their latest effort, "This Addiction", Alkaline Trio take a step backwards from their last attempt, "Agony & Irony", to go back to the tried-and-true drawing board. "Agony" seemed to be the Trio's attempt at injecting their timeless formula with some new spin, and it didn't translate well from the idea to the album. The sound that we've come to know and love wasn't the same, and after such a long break after "Crimson" (I'm not counting "Remains", as it was B-sides), we were ready to be refreshed.

This new album, however, embraces what Alkaline Trio has always done, and done well. The hooks are catchy, the lyrics and rhyme metering are clever. Some songs sound like polished-up versions of classics, with "Dead On the Floor" sounding like a bit of a nod to "Radio", and "Piss and Vinegar" sounding like just a drop of "I'm Dying Tomorrow". However, their attempts to infuse a new methodology of playing the same four-chord progression falls a bit in songs like "Dorothy" and another attempt at a Cure-sounding track on "Eating Me Alive" just can't deliver.

Overall, this album is better than their last, but not as perfectly polished as "Crimson". It's the new sound of Alkaline Trio, that they started with "Good Mourning", and it's just like restoring an old muscle car - it's the same ride, just shinier.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid....So much better than A&I February 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Get this cd now! Every song is great in thier own way. Love the feel of this cd compared to A&I. I guess Im an "old school" fan but, this album is very well written. Love the production also. I would campare this album to Good Mouring..(which is my fav). Not very radio friendly but, thats a good thing. Glad to see them on thier own lable now and, it shows. So many good songs, hard to pcik my favorite. "American Scream"...."Dorthy"..."Off the Map" are stellar songs. Hands down great buy for $9.99 Dvd is good too. Pick this up!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but plays out quickly ... March 31, 2010
By Bakken
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy this album like I enjoy all Alk3 albums but it is lacking in unique music, interesting lyrics and harder rock songs. When you hear the intro to the first track, you get chills because it's totally throw back to the old raw trio. However, after a few listens you realize the lyrics and hooks aren't interesting enough to hold your attention for months and the music is actually just a cheapen version of Mr. Chainsaw - but with less dynamic changes. Anyway, I understand that some people may like this album more that others. That's cool with me. Everyone has their own tastes.

To get a better idea if you would find this review helpful, I've ranked the Alk3 albums from my most to least favorite (1 being most) and provided my top 5 (or 6) all time Alk3 songs. If you disagree with both of these lists, ignore this review completely.
1. From Here to Infirmary (2001)
2. Alkaline Trio (2000)
3. Goddamnit (1998)
4. Agony & Irony (2008)
5. Maybe I'll Catch Fire (2000)
6. Good Mourning (2003)
7. This Addiction (2010)
8. Crimson (2005)

1. Mr. Chainsaw
2. '97
3. All On Black
4. Jaked on Green Beers
5. I Lied My Face Off / Hating Every Minute
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing. March 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Alkaline Trio fan. I've loved just about everything they've done since Maybe I'll Catch Fire. Until now. This Addiction just doesn't cut the mustard. And most surprisingly, it's due to the weak lyrics. Matt Skiba is capable of so much more. "Fine" is the definite bright spot for me. I do quite like that song.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mourning all over again February 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Well, well, what we have here is a top notch solid release that sounds almost identical to one of my fave Alkaline trio records 'Good Mourning'. So far,after about 10 solid play throughs, I can't find any song I dont like. This is way better in my opinion than Agony & Irony. This is right up there with the best Trio cd's, w/out a doubt!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued success
If youre a fan of Trio you will love this album. Has the usual great sound of the band and Matt, but enough new flavor and style that keeps their music fresh and original compared... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
I'm a long time fan of Alkaline Trio and I think this is there strongest complete CD yet.
It does lack the 3 or 4 hits from each of their other CDs but from start to finish... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Zaneco
5.0 out of 5 stars More catchy than ever and full of hooks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a great album in my opinion more catchy than ever and full of hooks and great lyrics and the acoustic songs at the end on the bonus version add a nice touch.
Published on January 18, 2012 by Cyber Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and great!
I love the record from the first time I heard it. I thought that them going back to basics was the better approach compared to their last couple of albums. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by John Sales
4.0 out of 5 stars The trio recapture their old sound...almost
For those of us who thought the Trio's best work was behind them, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you'll hear on This Addiction. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by S. Aston
4.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar
Although i personally like this album i agree with others in saying that what made Alkaline Trio great on albums like From Here to the Infirmary, Goddamnit, etc. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by William F Cherry
2.0 out of 5 stars Emotion is Dead
Where did all the powerful and emotion filled lyrics go? While the music may have at least attempted to go back to "From Here To Infirmary" it's stopped dead by Skiba's voice and... Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Blake Estes
2.0 out of 5 stars *sigh*
Short review:

Waste of money. Go out and buy Goddamnit, Maybe I'll Catch Fire, From Here to Infirmary, Good Mourning, Alkaline Trio, or Remains. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Blake Estes
1.0 out of 5 stars From a long time fan, this is terrible.
I have been an AK3 fan for years. I have liked most every album up until this point. This one seems uninspired and like it is grasping for edgy darkness that made them such an... Read more
Published on May 24, 2010 by M.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen and value
The bonus songs and DVD make this item a great value. The quality of the music and the cathiness of Alakline Trio's latest material sets it over the top and makes the CD a must... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by W. Stadler
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