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DROPKICK MURPHYS – Signed And Sealed In Blood

| 8 May 2013 | Reply

Dew Process/Born & Bred Records
Released January 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Originally published in Xpress Magazine’s 1st May 2013 issue.

Dropkick Murphys - Signed & Sealed In Blood CD

Boston’s Dropkick Murphys hit the bullseye on their eighth studio album, striking straight to the heart of everything they hold dear in the rough n’ tumble life of the Irish American communities they come from. Raucously clutching family, brotherhood, honour and a bottle of whisky close to their hearts, their music stridently takes in the best punk, celtic and Americana elements to form a unique sound best likened to that of an American Pogues.

The album starts with the itching-for-a-brawl gang vocals of The Boys Are Back –‘The boys are back and they’re looking for trouble’ serving as a call to arms for a wild night out and a warning to stay outta their way if you want to stay safe.

Rose Tattoo is as punky and belligerent a love song to family as any sea shanty there ever was, and Jimmy Collins’ Wake ruminates on the Boston Red Sox baseball legend, again with the themes of loyalty and respect to the fore.

Like Bruce Springsteen, they tell stories that resonate with their blue collar devotees – The Season’s Upon Us is a hilarious Christmas tale of family dysfunction; My Hero is another love letter, this time to the steady guiding hand of a father. A trio of boozy drinking songs bring the album to a fine, if sozzled finish, and if the chant ‘It’s the end of the night / but we ain’t goin’ home’ resonates with you, just flip the CD back to track one and pour another shot.


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