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Aging punks flog a rapidly expiring horse
Edwin McFee, 25 Feb 2010
Judging by what’s on offer on perennial punk rock hopefuls Alkaline Trio’s seventh record, their particular brand of bubblegum rock has lost its flavour. Sounding like a carbon copy of their last few LPs, there is nothing new to report here. The Misfits nods are still in place (‘Dine, Dine My Darling’), the mid-paced radio songs are there in abundance (‘Draculina,’ ‘Dead On The Floor’) and singer Matt Skiba sounds like he’s going through the motions. To paraphrase a famous slogan: American punk’s not dead – it just sucks now.