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Editors’ Notes

Ask seasoned songwriters what helps in putting together a great album, and more often than not they’ll say heartbreak. Alkaline Trio’s ninth studio LP is overflowing with such emotional purging. Frontman and guitarist Matt Skiba has said he envisioned singing a lengthy apology note to his ex-girlfriend when recording My Shame Is True (with its title a nod to Elvis Costello's 1977 debut, My Aim Is True). In the leadoff song, “She Lied to the FBI,” Skiba contrasts near-confectionary punk-pop with lyrics alluding to his self-imprisonment. He takes the blame for getting dumped by singing, “I’m doing time for you.” The following “I Wanna Be a Warhol” is the album’s salient hit. With catchy barbed pop hooks, Skiba dreams of morphing into the silkscreened Andy Warhol art that hangs in his muse’s bedroom. It’s hard not to compare the bonus track “Pocket Knife” to songs by The Strokes—it’s got post-punk rhythms, stuttered guitar riffs, and some of that Julian Casablancas–style vocal distortion.

Customer Reviews

I've grown with the band

Fourteen years ago, when I was 30, I enjoyed the For Your Lungs Only EP. Now that I'm 44 in a totally different mindset, it's awesome that I can still enjoy the Trio. The band has grown with me. I honestly listened to every song on this release and they appeal to the adult in me and still retain the quintessential Alkaline Trio sound that I have loved over the years. As much as I love Matt Skiba, Dan's vocals are where the talent lies. This was money well spent!

sick

Has the older touch to it!

another solid album

MSIT is just as different as every album they release, and continues the path they've appeared to be headed in recently. I really like it. it's got simple, upbeat Ramones-style punk of She Lied To The FBI. Rougher, Crimson-style songs like I'm Only Here To Disappoint. Melancholy love songs and the old dark punk tracks like Torture Doctor that remind us of what made us fall in love with Alkaline Trio in the first place. The bonus tracks (The Broken Wing EP) are amazing, and the whole album is really cool. A must-have for true Alk3 fans.

And hey, it's not their older sound, but would you want them to stay sounding like angry teens forever? This grown-up sound and matured poetic lyrics are just as fun as ever. I'm not crazy about the chorus of Til Death, and One Last Dance is just OK compared to most of Matt's stuff, but there are enough great songs here to more than make up for that

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by ex-Jerkwater and Traitors drummer Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), former 88 Fingers Louie percussionist Glenn Porter, and Rob Doran (bass/vocals), Alkaline Trio was brought together in 1997 by heartbreak, angst, and the companionship of drinking. The original lineup issued a short EP, For Your Lungs Only, just prior to Doran's departure in late 1997, and Sundials followed one year later on Johann's Face Records. Slapstick's Dan Andriano climbed aboard to handle bass duties, adding a complementary...
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