Sound — 8
Musically I would not describe FHTI as Alkaline Trio's most ambitious or original album, but I can't deny that the melodies still stick in my head, and I've had this album since it was released! The sound is noticeably less raw than their previous LPs but the quality of the guitar parts [particularly in Hell Yes] remains. Finally Alkaline Trio seem to have achieved the balance between beautiful guitar parts, intelligent bass and lyrics, without ignoring the drumset. It's such a shame that they threw it away again with Good Mourning.
Lyrics — 10
As always the Trio's lyrics remain top-notch. In terms of the entire genre of rock I can't say I've heard evidence of any band with lyrics so darkly and painfully funny as these - 'why i turned out the way I did, someone somewhere dropped me on my cranium'. Matt Skiba's voice is as powerful as ever, especially in Take Lots With Alcohol.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall From Here To Infirmary is arguably Alkaline Trio's best album, combining the passion and energy of Goddammnit with Maybe I'll Catch Fire's sheer emotion. They certainly seem to have led bands such as Blink 182 in the right direction, but no emo or pop-punk band I've seen can surpass the Trio!