Crimson 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… Crimson 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… 2005-05-24 Alkaline Trio Rock
Music Review

Crimson (2005)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; Lead Performance: Alkaline Trio; Genre: Rock

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.

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints
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