Mikael Wood
May 23, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Crimson

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Vagrant
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Matt Skiba is an atypically smooth-voiced crooner for a pop-punk band like Alkaline Trio. Over Crimson‘s churning minor-key arrangements — which make more room for spooky keyboard ooze and swinging rhythms than those on the Chicago outfit’s four previous full-lengths — he sings about longing ”for a casket to call my own.” Lyrically, Skiba prefers being dark to opining snarkily about, say, lifestyles of the rich and famous. But his laments rarely lack his less thoughtful peers’ caffeinated buzz, giving the CD its kick.

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