Songs about heartbreak and drinking your problems away have been around since the dawn of rock & roll. And in the case of the Alkaline Trio, they take it to the next level by bringing out more of the grimmer perspectives on lost love. Not that all three members are diagnosed manic depressives -- they just have a more honest approach to relating to all those who just got dumped. For Your Lungs Only captures these moments perfectly without crossing into the territory of feeling sorry for themselves, and was influenced by the Descendants, Jawbreaker and Crimpshrine (not to mention They Might Be Giants).
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AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco