Sound — 8
This album is typical Alkaline Trio. Perhaps not as dark as "Good Mourning", the band's most recent effort, but still very cathartic. As always, there's heaps of energy and what is so unique about Alkaline Trio is how they manage to blend so many different musical styles. As a result, it's hard to describe the sound, save for saying that it's a blend of punk, emo and pop-punk. The hooks are catchier than crabs in a brothel, and the lyrics are painfully witty. This is a great album.
Lyrics — 10
In Matt and Dan, Alkaline Trio have two quality vocalists. Matt Skiba is both a talented lyricist and singer, and his lyrics are dark, yet humourous. A fine example of this is "New Year's Eve was as boring as heaven, I watched flies f**k on Channel 11". Who knows what's going on in that man's head?! Who cares? The lyrics, although contrasting with the music, are very, very good. Almost every line rhymes in a way in which you would not expect, and the themes vary quite a lot. From Satan to ex-girlfriends, this album literally has it all.
Overall Impression — 10
It's definitely worth a listen. The outstanding lyrics and catchy melodies make it an irresistible album. Put it this way, to have both "Private Eye" and "Stupid Kid" on one album is amazing - to have one would be a blessing. I would pay full price for just those two songs. Of course, you also have my personal favourite "Hell Yes" and the equally good "Crawl", as well as "Armageddon", which features on the most recent Tony Hawk's game. Overall, it's an absolutely brilliant album, with very little flaws.