Album Review: Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs by Alkaline Trio
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Sputnikmusic - 90 Based on rating 4.5/5
we've been subtracting in the dark, now in the dark is where we dance
Hoping for the best from Alkaline Trio over the past fifteen years has been a little like playing hide-and-seek with an imaginary friend, a ghost you can only see when the lights do that stutter-strobe thing. Instances of greatness post-Crimson were frustratingly sporadic and largely thanks to the understated sincerity of Dan Andriano, perpetually struggling to get airtime on albums filled with bland songs and flat production which culminated in career nadir My Shame is True. Even 2018's Is This Thing Cursed?, a return to form with energy to burn, had some lesser cuts peppered between triumphs like the phenomenally catchy "Demon and Division" or emotional powerhouse "Stay"; their latest release, simply titled e.
Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs is Alkaline Trio's 10th album. Let that sink in. Since adding bassist Dan Andriano prior to the band's first full length, Goddamnit!, in 1998, the Matt Skiba-fronted trio has managed to outlast late '90s punk, early aughts emo, and all the years after when so many of their contemporaries seemed to outgrow their roots. Over 10 albums, Alkaline Trio has managed to stay true to its core sound while also maturing, subtly enough to continue to appeal to Goddamnit! diehards while at the same time expanding its palette just slightly enough to continue to remain interesting.
Hope you are well. It's your trusty old friend making a return from the dusty 'Org archives. Or am I just an AI?
Well, be that as it may, it does feel cheesy and cliched to say that 2024 starts off with what may be record of the year. Right? However, pop punk veterans, Alkaline Trio, stake a claim for that title in the most resounding way.