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Good Mourning is the fourth studio album by Alkaline Trio, released May 13, 2003 on Vagrant Records.

Good Mourning
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 13, 2003
StudioCello Studios
GenrePunk rock[1][2]
Length39:07
LabelVagrant
ProducerJoe McGrath, Jerry Finn
Alkaline Trio chronology
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music
(2002)
Good Mourning
(2003)
BYO Split Series Volume V
(2004)
Singles from Good Mourning
  1. "We've Had Enough"
    Released: May 20, 2003
  2. "All on Black"
    Released: December 2, 2003

RecordingEdit

Recording took place at Cello Studios with producer Joe McGrath, with Jerry Finn co-producing and mixing the proceedings. Christopher Holmes, Jason Gossman and Robert Reed acted as assistant engineeres. Finn and Keith Morris provided additional vocals. Brian Gardner mastered the recordings at Bern Grundman Mastering.[3] The album marks the first appearance of drummer, Derek Grant, described by vocalist/guitarist, Matt Skiba, as "a whole new influence."[4] During recording, both Skiba and vocalist/bassist, Dan Andriano were ill.[4] Skiba describes the album as sounding "bigger, deeper and rawer" than its predecessor, From Here to Infirmary.

In a 2003 interview, Matt Skiba stated that Good Mourning:

is pretty good. I mean it took us a long time to do and I think most of the people that I talk to that make records and stuff, there's always stuff that you wish you did better or maybe a little differently. I've never been able to avoid that, even with this. There's things that I wish I had done maybe a little differently. But that also comes with just listening to it and living with it for so long that until it's done you won't really hear things in that way until it's like too late I guess. But I would say for the most part that I'm really happy with it.[4]

TitleEdit

According to Skiba: "One morning I was having breakfast down the street from the studio where we were recording and my waiter said 'good morning' to me and it's just kinda like the double meaning/spelling kinda registered and I just called everyone and I was like, 'How about Good Mourning with a U?' and everybody liked it equally as much so we used it."[4]

ReleaseEdit

Good Mourning was released through Vagrant on May 12, 2003. The UK version of the album included two bonus tracks: "Dead End Road" and "Old School Reasons".[3] "We've Had Enough" was released to radio on May 20.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunkFavorable[6]
AllMusic      [1]
Drowned in Sound     [7]
LAS MagazineFavorable [8]
Melodic      [9]
Punknews.org      [10]
Rolling Stone      [11]
Spin8/10 [12]

The album debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies on its first week of release. By August 2008, the album sold 258,000 copies.[13]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and performed by Alkaline Trio.[3]

No.TitleLength
1."This Could Be Love"3:47
2."We've Had Enough"2:51
3."One Hundred Stories"3:40
4."Continental"3:28
5."All on Black"4:00
6."Emma"2:42
7."Fatally Yours"2:16
8."Every Thug Needs a Lady"3:18
9."Blue Carolina"3:28
10."Donner Party (All Night)"2:44
11."If We Never Go Inside"3:46
12."Blue in the Face"3:02
UK bonus tracks
  1. "Dead End Road" – 3:09
  2. "Old School Reasons" – 2:52

PersonnelEdit

Personnel per booklet.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r638190
  2. ^ Hoard, Christian (June 2, 2005). "Alkaline Trio: Crimson : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Good Mourning (Booklet). Alkaline Trio. Vagrant. 2003. 980 123-8.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "chorus.fm".
  5. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Tate, Jason. "AbsolutePunk - Alkaline Trio / Good Mourning". AbsolutePunk.net. Archived from the original on April 18, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  7. ^ White, Peter (2003). "Good Mourning - Alkaline Trio". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on July 3, 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  8. ^ LAS Magazine review
  9. ^ Roth, Kaj (June 23, 2003). "Alkaline Trio - Good mourning". Melodic. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Punknews.org. "Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning".
  11. ^ Kot, Gret (May 29, 2003). "Alkaline Trio: Good Mourning : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Alkaline Trio, 'Good Mourning' (Vagrant) - SPIN". 15 June 2003.
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 1, 2008). "Ask Billboard: Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2018.

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