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DROPKICK MURPHYS – Blackout

Dropkick Murphys-Blackout

DropKick Murphys – “Blackout”.  June 10, 2003 on Hellcat Records

Dropkick Murphys have the unique ability to blend musical styles together and create their own sound. Even on “Do or Die”, they proved that they were more than just aggressive punk rock. Though the band is a shadow of its original lineup, they’re making their best music yet.

They are the first group since the Pogues to fuse celtic sounds and punk. What began with “Sing Loud, Sing Proud” culiminates in “Blackout”. Opening up with “Walk Away” and “Workers Song”, the Dropkick Murphys prove again that they can be as loud as they want to be. “The Black Velvet Band” is a brilliant rendition of an old song as is the “Fields of Athenry” (my personal favorite song on the album, with the pipes and guitars on full blast and an irresistable chorus). They take Woody Guthrie’s “Gonna Be a Blackout Tonite” and make it their own anthem to their town (think “Never Alone”). The most unique song on the album would have to be “The Dirty Glass”,  where Ken Casey and Al Barr square off against a female vocalist in a musical dialogue of a love story, it sounds surprisingly like “Fairytale of New York by the Pogues”. “Bastards on Parade” and “Time to Go” are raucous tunes that prove the bar is still alive and well in the Murphys. “Kiss Me im S*i&faced” is a fun, tongue-in-cheek tune as well. Overall, this album is a triumph. All the tracks are strong.  It’s their best work yet, and one of the best combinations of punk and celtic music since “If I Should Fall From the Grace of God” by the Pogues.

Watch: Dropkick Murphys  -”Walk Away”

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