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Alkaline Trio's Good Mourning: 10 Years Later, It's a Gothy Pop Punk Classic

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Part of Alkaline Trio's continued appeal is that the band evolves with each album. Goddamnit and Maybe I'll Catch Fire are both dark and gritty, with moments of beauty ("Enjoy Your Day" and "You've Got So Far to Go") sprinkled in among the songs about death and tornadoes.

The band's stylistic touches took a sharp pop-punk turn upon signing with Vagrant Records in 2001 and releasing From Here to Infirmary, a classic in its own right. Both "Radio" and "Private Eye" are grim and self-destructive -- just you try getting out of your mind the image of Skiba wishing a former lover would throw a radio in a bathtub. Skiba's "suspects and alibis" crime fiction aside, songs like "Stupid Kid," "Mr. Chainsaw," and "Armageddon" are poppy, easily accessible breakup songs that instantly get stuck in your head. These balance well with darker tracks like "Trucks and Trains" and "Crawl."

Alkaline Trio built on this balance of love and death even more with Good Mourning. The album is a turn away from Infirmary's poppy sound, veering toward the band's undeniable goth influences. Mourning . . . is full of images of the darkness, from Dan Andriano wondering whether anyone would notice if he fell out of a building and his going straight to hell in "One Hundred Stories" to Skiba getting turned on by playing with matches in "This Could Be Love." This album even has a song about the Donner Party. (How cheery!)

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Melissa Fossum
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