I remember when I first heard “Good Mourning” and thought it wasn’t as good as “From Here To Infirmary”. Boy, was I wrong! And then the same thing happened again with “Crimson”, which eventually became one of my all-time favorite albums. And now there’s “Agony & Irony” and once again it took a while to grow on me. But now I can’t seem to stop playing the album. As far as I’m concerned “Agony & Irony” is as good an Alkaline Trio album as any of their other releases. They’ve pretty much perfected their dark brand of poppunk as can be heard on songs like “Help Me” and “I Found A Way”. Dan Adriano takes the lead a little less (only 3 out of 10 songs) but both him and Matt Skiba are a pleasure to listen to as they crank out one hook-filled song after the other. And as a fan there really isn’t much more you can ask for, right?