Heart & Skull/Epitaph Records 
Fire Note Says: If you are a fan you may like or leave it - you decide!
Anymore it seems I have a hard time enjoying albums from veteran bands unless they are extremely good. Unfortunately for Alkaline Trio, their seventh long player This Addiction plays it a bit safe and never really captures the bands vigor from the earlier days. It is not to say that some tracks don't stand out, as the lead off title track brings it nicely and the lyrics in "The American Scream" fit lyrically and sonically but overall too many songs fall into the middle or have a balladry vibe. This Addiction is still better than their major label debut and exit, Agony & Irony , as it does have big guitars but never feels too polished or produced. This approach goes a long way as Alkaline Trio now have their own imprint Heart & Skull at Epitaph, which should provide an excellent partnership for the future. Alkaline Trio now represent a more mature group and will have many longtime fans either hating this record or loving it but overall with its ups and downs, This Addiction provides enough highlights to still believe the group has what it takes to rock you out live!
Key Tracks: "This Addiction", 'The American Scream", "Off The Map"
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Face To Face
The Lawrence Arms
Alkaline Trio: Agony & Irony [Fire Note Review 9/25/08]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony