NzcyZDI4NDkwOCMvRjJoemJNb0l4QWpuenE4MkFZNWhEWk1kbVFBPS8weDMyOToyMzg1eDE3MzQvOTAweDUzMC9maWx0ZXJzOnF1YWxpdHkoNzApL2h0dHA6Ly9zMy5hbWF6b25hd3MuY29tL3BvbGljeW1pYy1pbWFnZXMvY3h2aHZjM3d2aWRqMWRlaXBxajNqaHdubXNnbGlkeBabylon is the 2012 debut album from Matt Skiba & The Sekrets, which is the current side project and first true solo effort of Alkaline Trio and now Blink 182 frontman Matt Skiba.

This solo project is very much the Matt Skiba show, which does give you the impression that The Sekrets are interchangeable despite featuring musicians like bassist Hunter Burgan (AFI) and drummer Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, A Static Lullaby). It seems a little wasteful not to have other talented members shine through, but as I’m a big fan of Skiba’s writing style this isn’t too much of a problem for me.

Alkaline Trio are one of my favourite bands, especially their more mature sound that they’ve had for the last few albums. Babylon is very much in the same vein as those recent Alkaline Trio records. In fact if you played them in one playlist I think most people would assume they were the same band. This does beg the question why not just release this with your main band? But never mind though lets just focus on the fact that it’s another fantastic album for us to enjoy.

Babylon, again true to recent Alkaline Trio releases, is a crisp and polished affair. Some might not be a fan of this style, perhaps preferring a more raw or live style. More ‘punk rock’ really but personally this is how I like my music to sound, clean and pure.

The record contains ten good tracks, no filler here. Several stand out immediately on your first listen, such as Luciferian Blues or The End Of Joy, but I guarantee that even if the rest don’t take your fancy straight away, though they will, they will all quickly grow on you anyway!

An excellent album, for existing fans of Alkaline trio and new listeners alike, I fully recommend it.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Track Listings:

01 Voices
02 All Fall Down
03 Luciferian Blues
04 Haven’t You?
05 The End Of Joy
06 You
07 Olivia
08 Falling Like Rain
09 How The Hell Did We Get Here?
10 Angel Of Deaf