From Here to Infirmary

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From Here to Infirmary
Studio album by Alkaline Trio
Released April 3, 2001
Recorded 2000 at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Genre Emo, punk rock, pop punk
Length 38:13
Label Vagrant
Producer Matt Allison, Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio chronology
Alkaline Trio
(2000)
From Here to Infirmary
(2000)
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music
(2002)

From Here to Infirmary is the third album by the Chicago-based punk rock band Alkaline Trio, released April 3, 2001 through Vagrant Records. It was their first album for Vagrant and their only album with drummer Mike Felumlee, who replaced previous drummer Glenn Porter. It was also their first album to chart, reaching #199 on the Billboard 200 and #9 amongst independent albums.[1][2] Its two singles, "Stupid Kid" and "Private Eye", both charted on the UK Singles Chart, reaching #53 and #51 respectively.[3] When Felumlee left the band shortly after the album's release, drummer Adam Willard filled in with the group on tour and appeared in the music video for "Private Eye," before the band found a permanent replacement in Derek Grant.

Reflecting on the album in a 2008 interview, singer/bassist Dan Andriano considered it a turning point for the band musically:

I would have to say From Here to Infirmary definitely started to shape things up with more of a straight up rock kind of sound. I think the previous two albums [(1998's Goddamnit and 2000's Maybe I'll Catch Fire)] are really great, but are a bit meandering. I think [From Here to Infirmary] is when Matt [Skiba] and I both realized that we wanted to tighten the screws a bit, simplify things a little and focus more on punching you in the nuts with our rock; Metaphorically speaking of course.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]

Critical reaction to the album was mixed. Ari Wiznitzer of Allmusic called it a slump for the band and "a definite low point in Alkaline Trio's catalog," criticizing its "lighter, more mainstream sound," which "really doesn't complement Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano's foul-mouthed poetry as well as their earlier abrasive sound. Adding to the disappointment is that this is the first Alkaline Trio release to have any filler, as many of the songs seem painfully tossed off (and probably were, as the band has been so prolific)."[5] Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone was more praising of the album's qualities, remarking that the band "deliver[s] catchy punk pop with sharp elbows and a wry sense of humor" and that "What saves them from the gutter are some effortless hooks and Skiba's hysterical lyrics."[7]

John Dark of Pitchfork Media remarked "There's quite a bit that Alkaline Trio's music is not. It's not challenging, ambitious, or visionary. It's not clever or self-aware. It's not even terribly skillful. But what it is, is tasty. Pure musical junk food: fast, greasy, and crafted for a general palate."[6] He criticized some of the music as "a tad too derivative for your average rock snob", but praised the band's lyricism and ability to turn a phrase, though noting that they would occasionally "jar you back to reality with bonehead moves like spelling out the very, very thinly-disguised metaphor in one song [("Mr. Chainsaw")] for the listener."[6] Ultimately, though, he concluded that "for all its flaws, From Here to Infirmary remains nothing more than simply what it is: tuneful, consumable, and guiltily satisfying."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Mike Felumlee

No. Title Length
1. "Private Eye"   3:30
2. "Mr. Chainsaw"   3:05
3. "Take Lots with Alcohol"   3:13
4. "Stupid Kid"   2:23
5. "Another Innocent Girl"   3:37
6. "Steamer Trunk"   2:49
7. "You're Dead"   3:50
8. "Armageddon"   2:49
9. "I'm Dying Tomorrow"   2:20
10. "Bloodied Up"   2:51
11. "Trucks and Trains"   3:16
12. "Crawl"   4:25
Total length:
38:13

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 199
Top Heatseekers 14
Top Independent Albums 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Chart stats - Alkaline Trio". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (2008-08-21). "Agony and Irony of Alkaline Trio". Ultimateguitar.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ a b Wiznitzer, Ari. "From Here to Infirmary Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dark, John (2000-12-31). "From Here to Infirmary Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ a b Hendrickson, Matt (2001-06-07). "From Here to Infirmary Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-12-03.