Dropkick Murphys: The Meanest of Times

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Dropkick Murphys: The Meanest of Times
Folk, Punk
Born n’ Bred Records
September 18th, 2007
Release length: 46:56
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With the folk style gaining popularity in the metal world, some fo the more folk oriented punk bands are starting to find new audiences. The best to cross my path, partly in thanks to the Guitar Hero 3 video game, would be the band Dropkick Murphys with the album The Meanest Of Times. This is one of those releases that, even fellows, such as myself, who just can’t stand a lot of punk music, will entertain you from start to finish.

The band fuses their punk sound with a traditional Irish sound, using lyrics that were clearly inspired by the way of life in that area of the world, current and past. This leads to some really fun sounding songs, regardless of how disparaging the lyrics may be, and some really good drinking songs. “God Willing” is a perfect example of this, as it’s a great song that sounds fun, but lyrically it’s more of a moving song, especially during the chorus. But then you have “Tomorrows Industry”, “Vices And Virtues”, and “(F)lannigan’s Ball” which are just flat out fun songs that will leave the punks dancing or have you chanting along while holding your favorite chilled mug of ale.

There really is nothing bad about this release, all of the songs are fast paced, well written and well performed. The folk influence brought in, mostly by the bagpipes, really does add a nice ambience to give the mood of the land that the band’s music stems from. “(F)lannigan’s Ball” and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” are easily the best tracks on the release and will be played moreso then the rest of the album, but if you enjoy these tracks, then there will be no doubt you will enjoy the rest of The Meanest Of Times. The only issue is that, over time, some of the tracks, such as “The State Of Massachusetts” and “Surrender” will get dull after a repeat listens.

What else is there to say aside The Meanest Of Times by Dropkick Murhpys is actually a great punk album that any fan of the folk style will enjoy, even those in metal. If you get a chance to just check this release out, do it, because, if you never heard of this band prior to this release, you’ll be swept up by the authentic Irish sounds and folk music feel of this punk release.

01. Famous For Nothing – 2:47
02. God Willing – 3:37
03. The State Of Massachusetts – 3:52
04. Tomorrow’s Industry – 2:19
05. Echoes On “A” Street – 3:18
06. Vices And Virtues – 2:12
07. Surrender – 3:15
08. (F)lannigan’s Ball – 3:39
09. I’ll Begin Again – 2:38
10. Fairmount Hill – 3:58
11. Loyal To No One – 2:25
12. Shattered – 2:48
13. Rude Awakenings – 3:24
14. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya – 3:55
15. Never Forget – 2:49
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

Dropkick Murphys (band)

Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.