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Dropkick Murphys - Signed And Sealed In Blood

January 21st 2013 05:33
Dropkick Murphys - Signed and Sealed in Blood

You always know what you're getting with every new Dropkick Murphys album. You know there will be plenty of big catchy, singalong choruses, that element of Irish folk mixed with riotous punk rock chords and that sense of blue collar camaraderie. With only a year passing since Going Out With Style, Dropkick Murphys continued to allow the creative juices flowing to a record that is better than its predecessor purely be caused they haven't restricted themselves lyrically or musically this time round.

'The Boys Are Back' kick off their eighth studio album with a thunderous gang style singalong in typical Dropkick fashion. 'The Prisoners Song' has a real Irish flair and sings the troubles of the incarnated. Lead single 'Rose Tattoo' is another standard Dropkick affair that has already spawned hundreds of fans to get tattoos based on the track (some even before they heard it!) 'The Battle Rages On' and 'Don't Tear Us Down' are real blue collar anthems telling the toil of the working class and the struggles of equality and the sense of unity and pride that carries these workers through. The last three tracks deal with that other ever present theme in Dropkick Murphy songs.......drinking! With the final track 'End Of The Night' telling the local barkeep that " It's the end of the night/And we ain't going home".

In amongst the Irish jigs and classic punk rock harmonies is bassist/ vocalist Ken Casey's ode to Christmas in his family 'The Season's Upon Us'. It's a song I think we can all relate to especially now post holiday season when we look back at Christmas and how dreadful our families can be at that time of year! But even with the silliness of the song, Casey later in the album pays a tribute to the most important figure in his family, his father in "My Hero". A heartfelt song tipping the hat towards his old man and is one of the standout tracks on this album.

The Dropkick Murphys are not redefining the wheel here with this record but just continued to do what they love to do and what we fans love to hear.

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