My Shame Is True

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My Shame Is True
Studio album by Alkaline Trio
Released April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)
Recorded October 2012 at The Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado
Genre Punk rock
Length 39:59
Label Heart & Skull, Epitaph
Producer Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore
Alkaline Trio chronology
Broken Wing
(2013)
My Shame Is True
(2013)
Singles from My Shame Is True
  1. "I Wanna Be a Warhol"
    Released: February 5, 2013

My Shame Is True is the eighth studio album (ninth when including Damnesia) by American punk rock band Alkaline Trio, released on April 2, 2013 on Heart & Skull and Epitaph Records. Produced by both Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, the album was preceded by the single, "I Wanna Be a Warhol", and was released with an accompanying EP, Broken Wing.

Inspired by a recent romantic break-up, vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba described the record as "catharsis," stating, "I just wrote this one more as a love letter to my ex-girlfriend, or an apology note set to music."[1]

The album received mostly favorable reviews upon its release. My Shame Is True reached twenty-four on the Billboard 200.

Writing and composition[edit]

Vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba's lyrical contributions were influenced by a recent break-up, with Skiba noting, "On this one we didn't exactly plan on making a "personal" record — it just happened that way. I went through a lot since the last record and this one, like going straight out of a gnarly divorce into a really great, beautiful relationship that came to an end just as we started writing My Shame Is True."[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

Alkaline Trio released a lyric video for the song "I Wanna Be A Warhol" which was released as the album's lead single on February 5, 2013, later that month the band released another lyric video for the song "The Torture Doctor". A music video for the song "I, Pessimist" was released on March 6, 2013.[2] "I Wanna Be A Warhol" was given an official video on March 8, 2013. Lyric videos for "The Temptation Of St. Anthony" and "I'm Only Here To Disappoint" were released on March 20, 2013.

The band posted the entire album on YouTube on March 28.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 8/10[3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[5]
Punknews 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club C[7]
Ultimate Guitar 7/10[8]
Under The Gun Review 8/10[9]

AbsolutePunk gave the album a positive review, praising the album's production, Matt Skiba's lyrics and Dan Andriano's contributions, stating, "[My Shame Is True is the band's] tightest collection of songs since 2003’s Good Mourning. [...] Despite being fifteen years in the punk rock scene, My Shame Is True is a showcase of a band continuing to be vibrant and vital, when lesser bands have become stale and irrelevant."[3] Allmusic's Matt Collar also gave the album a very positive review, noting, "My Shame Is True, is something of a revelation. Primarily, that revelation is that a band whose songcraft and musicianship might easily have plateaued by now is still bounding ever upward. To put it simply, this album is bonkers good."[4]

The A.V. Club's Jason Heller issued the album with a negative review, stating, "When Skiba’s on fire, he’s one of pop-punk’s best tunesmiths; but when he’s coasting, as he is throughout My Shame Is True, his songs feel less black than beige."[7]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 51

Tracklist[edit]

All songs written and composed by Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant

No. Title Length
1. "She Lied To The FBI"   2:48
2. "I Wanna Be A Warhol"   3:07
3. "I’m Only Here To Disappoint"   2:46
4. "Kiss You To Death"   3:21
5. "The Temptation of St. Anthony"   3:34
6. "I, Pessimist" (featuring Tim McIlrath) 2:10
7. "Only Love"   4:35
8. "The Torture Doctor"   3:37
9. "Midnight Blue"   2:44
10. "One Last Dance"   3:28
11. "Young Lovers"   3:31
12. "Until Death Do Us Part"   4:11
Total length:
39:59

Digital deluxe versions of the album include all four songs from the band's Broken Wing EP, which was released on the same day as My Shame Is True.

Personnel[edit]

Alkaline Trio[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Bill Stevenson - producer, engineer
  • Jason Livermore - producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
  • Andrew Berlin - engineer
  • Chris Beeble - engineer

Artwork[edit]

  • Nick Pritchard - design
  • Monkeybird - album photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.spin.com/articles/alkaline-trio-my-shame-is-true-album-stream-matt-skiba-interview-epitaph
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ a b Beringer, Drew (2 April 2013). "Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True". AbsolutePunk (Buzz Media). Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Collar, Matt (1 April 2013). "Review: My Shame Is True". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Willett, Sam (12 April 2013). "Album Review: Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True". Consequence of SOund. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Yancey, Bryne (1 April 2013). "Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True". Punknews. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Heller, Jason (2 April 2013). "Alkaline Trio: My Shame Is True". The A.V. Club (Onion, Inc). Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Geddes, Duncan (2 April 2013). "'My Shame Is True review". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "REVIEW: Alkaline Trio- 'My Shame Is True'". Under the Gun Review. April 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Alkaline Trio. Prometheus Global Media.
  11. ^ "Alkaline Trio | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.