Dec 2012 05

Matt Skiba and the Sekrets - BabylonMatt Skiba and the Sekrets
Category: Indie Rock / Electro-Pop
Album: Babylon
Stars: 4
Blurb: Without the mantle of his more famous band, Matt Skiba shines through front and center.


Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio has had a great deal of success over his 15 year career. With eight albums under his belt, he could have been forgiven for relying on the same old tricks for his new project, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets. However, the debut album, Babylon does a good job of holding its own, in no small part due to the solid efforts of AFI’s Hunter Burgan on bass and My Chemical Romance’s Jarrod Alexander on drums. With such talent behind him, Skiba has a chance on Babylon to really show off his own skills.

“Voices” is an unmemorable beginning to the album. A perfectly pleasant song with a catchy chorus and simple, up-tempo melodies, it is both a complement and a criticism to say that it was reminiscent of turning on the radio and hearing the latest hit. The album hits its stride after a few songs. “Haven’t You” takes unremarkable lyrics like, “I thought I lost it all the day I lost you,” and turns it into something compelling. “Falling Like Rain” has an interesting ‘80s synth sound melded into a solid and slick rock package.

Fans of Alkaline Trio will have no cause for complaint. Songs such as “Luciferian Blues” and “You” retain the dark lyrics and familiar guitars of Skiba’s more famous project. But despite the obvious similarities, this is not Alkaline Trio and the songwriting reflects this. As such, new fans will find that Babylon is a solid pop rock effort, perhaps with better lyrics than most. Skiba’s personality shines through each song and later releases should only improve on this effort.
Track list:

  1. Voices
  2. All Fall Down
  3. Luciferian Blues
  4. Haven’t You
  5. The End of Joy
  6. You
  7. Olivia
  8. Falling Like Rain
  9. How the Hell Did We Get Here
  10. Angel of Deaf

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Michelle Ly (MichelleLy)

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