When it comes to my personal music collection you could pretty much extrapolate what’s on my iPod by what I post here and you would be right 90% of the time. Alkaline Trio is one of those bands that defies my usual tastes. I discovered them about the same time I was introduced to Lucero and remember riding in Jake’s car to work, listening to Poison The Well – A Wish For Wings That Work followed by Lucero – Little Silver Heart and then Alkaline Trio – This Could Be Love. As an aside: If you haven’t heard This Could Be Love you need to find that track as it’s right up there with Scott H. Biram’s – Blood, Sweat and Murder as far as songs-about-murder-that-aren’t-Nick-Cave go. So I figured I had to post about This Addiction when I got my hands on it. I have a feeling it won’t appeal to every that hangs out ’round these parts and to be honest with you I almost have to qualify this as a guilty pleasure but where better to build a gallows and hang my musical skeletons than right here?
While This Addiction isn’t up there with Good Mourning, at least in my opinion, it’s a good album and for me it’s Essential Listening but I won’t claim it is for anyone else. Delving into the depths of addiction, desperation, loss and death the songs hit on topics that I would personally prefer to not deal with most of the time but they make it alright. It’s music I want to drink to but shouldn’t. It’s not sipping-whiskey-late-at-night-being-introspective music like most of the albums I refer to as drinking music nor is it drink-til-I-take-my-pants-off-at-the-bar-because-it’ll-be-funny music it is drinking-Old Crow-straight-from-the-bottle-until-I-can’t-feel-my-face-because-I-don’t-want-to-feel-anything music. While I find myself singing Dead on the Floor under my breath during meetings or humming Dine, Dine My Darling while heading out to smoke this album, as a whole, doesn’t hold much hope and sometimes that’s just what I need musically. Like I said it’s a good album but the subject matter and style might not be for everyone so I hope that some of you like this one and don’t make too much fun of me for posting it. I am just kidding, of course, I don’t give a damn if you make fun of me and if I did I’d just drink until I didn’t!