Zachary Cole Smith has overcome a multitude of problems to make this intensely powerful album
Alkaline Trio : From Here To Infirmary
Alkaline Trio. American Pub, down the pub, Cheers!
'From Here To Infirmary' - their 14-step programme to recovery - doesn't profess to leap any fences or invent nu genres; it betrays a sense of tradition more than innovation. But you get the impression that the Trio couldn't do anything other than be in a band who let their battered hearts do all the talking. Sure, new single 'Stupid Kid' flirts with early Green Day - silky crooning, hard-nosed yet accessible riffage - but on the likes of the truly wonderful ?Crawl? they tap into a more considered and melancholic vein, where abject self-pity is tempered by Daniel Andriano's confession to have "Never had a drink that I didn't like". Common ground, it seems, is not hard to find.
With the cool Vagrant seal of approval (US label of Rocket From The Crypt and others) the Alkaline Trio may soon be destined for greater things. The revelation, we assume, starts at closing time.
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