I've followed the Dropkick Murphys since their first album but never felt they delivered a full album worthy of their influences till this years Going Out in Style. Trying to meld two disparate genres (Irish folk and American hardcore), each with a history of glamorizing violence, requires a deft song-writing touch to keep all that aggro from overwhelming the proceedings. While Going Out in Style is still a flinty, hard-nosed affair, the eleven new songs (plus two from back in the mists of time) have a vintage freshness about them, steeped in history but fully in the moment.
A crucial fact is while the band's sound is reasonably consistent from album to album, they've been adventurous in their collaboration, willing to throw in their lot with the likes of Woody Guthrie, The Boston Red Sox (and The Bruins!), Aerosmith, director Martin Scorsese, The Pogues' Shane McGowan, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bruce Springsteen, The Dubliners' Ronnie Drew, NOFX'S Fat Mike and organized labour in general damnnit!.
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