Dropkick Murphys have always traded in solid Celtic punk/rock n roll. On this newest album they don’t fail to deliver exactly that. A lot like AC/DC, every release is solid but similar. I mean no disrespect by that, as I have been a great fan of this band for a long time, but something does feel missing on this album.
After a dozen solid listens, I found that missing component: the aggressive bite that the Murphys are so good at.
On ‘Sandlot’ the band reminisce about their misspent youth. There are songs like that all over this album as well as the tongue in cheek tracks like ‘First Class Loser’ and ‘Kicked to the Curb’.
For all the lack of aggressive ‘feel’, they stillv ery much has ‘it’ musically. The excellent ‘4-15-13’ about the Boston Bombings is a great reminder of the community spirit that this band has always held in high regard. They don’t get political at all, just remind you that only everyday people are hurt in devastating events like that. Another standout is the cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which will have the Liverpool FC fans amongst us a little choked up.
That is my only real sticking point. This album has three cover songs on it, opener ‘The Lonesome Boatman’ ‘I Had A Hat (When I Came In)’ and the aforementioned ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Finishing on the life affirming ‘Until Next Time’ you could say this album has a mature feel to it, but I reckon it just sounds like another Dropkicks album, so grab a pint, and start singing out of tune.
- The Lonesome Boatman
- Rebels With A Cause
- First Class Loser
- Paying My Way
- I Had A Hat
- Kicked To The Curb
- You’ll Never Walk Alone
- Until Next Time