- Audio CD (July 12 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: FAB DISTRIBUTION
- ASIN: B0050546BY
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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2011 release from the veteran Alt-Rockers. Featuring some of their favorite songs from their extensive back catalog, as well as a pair of new tracks, Alkaline Trio celebrate their 15th anniversary with Damnesia. Not just a "best-of," the album finds the band reworking their songs with new acoustic arrangements, putting a more intimate spin on some fan favorites.
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Fans of the Band should consider this CD as a very nice to have addition to their collection. Not necessary, but nice to have.
Newcomers should stick to more traditional Alkaline Trio releases and consider this if they end up liking the band's electric material.
The album can't really be described as "intimate" as they were selling it. It is definitely not an MTV unplugged album, but very good nonetheless. It is obviously a studio album with much time and effort put into it, lacking the raw power of the "Oil" compilation album where they contributed a song. My favorite re-spin of the album is "Every Thug Needs a Lady." "Clavicle" and "Nose Over Tail" follow closely behind. Dan still possesses the vocals he had 10 years ago, while Matt sounds very very different from the early days. The album ends with Radio. I have heard many versions of Radio and it's hard not to like any of them because the lyrics are so enthralling. I liked their version on this album, but I would have liked to of heard a live version where the entire audience is singing along.
Alkaline Trio has never been the same after they released "Good Mourning". Their music became more melodic and less exciting, while the lyrics lost thier sarcastic sincerity, and just became cliche. But alas, Alkaline Trio will always be my favorite band and I am very happy with this album. 4 stars.
Best songs easily are some of the oldies - "Nose Over Tail" and "Clavicle". The Violent Femmes cover with a little country twang in place of (the original) horns was out there but thoroughly pulled off - great cover. Not to put down some of the newer stuff, but was hoping they'd reach back a little further for some of these acoustic remakes. I for one have grown up with this band and while they have matured and changed like most bands do, they have still kept my ear. Solid album.