Dropkick Murphy’s - Going out in style

Well here it goes. My very first album review!!! I wanted to start off with a positive one so that’s why I picked “Going Out In Style” by the Dropkick Murphy’s.

Don’t you love it when you find out one of your favorite bands put out an album and it’s been out for awhile? I do! It eliminates any waiting time for the album to come out and I go crazy and buy the album. This is exactly what happened when I found out the Dropkick Murphy’s released their new album and it’s been out for about a month or so.

Overall I loved this album from the first track to the last.  It’s very rare for me to find an album I can listen to all the way through and like every song!  This album is just what I wanted/expected for a Dropkick Murphey’s album.  Sometimes theres a fine line with being repetitive and putting the same album out every time, or trying to get too creative and get way too different.  I believe the Dropkick Murphy’s do this perfectly.  They could put out the same type of cd containing the same type of songs, and I would still be a fan.  Although this cd was very similar to all their other stuff, it was at the same time very different.

The same stuff:
When you think of the music that the Dropkick Murphy’s put out, you immediately think about sing along songs that you could raise a pint to in a nearby bar.  They definitely had a handful of songs portraying this stereotype of their genre, because what good Irish band doesn’t have them?  If your looking for those songs you need to check out “Hang ‘em High”, “Going Out In Style”, and “Sunday Hardcore Matinee”.

The different stuff:
I really really really the more traditional folk/irish songs on this album.  These songs include:
"Cruel"
"Memorial Day"
"Take ‘em Down
"Peg O’ My Heart"

All of these songs are different from what you would “expect” from a DKM album.  They are a little more traditional folk/irish and have a more authentic approach to their roots of the music they play.  They really pulled these songs off really well. 

Another song that hit me personally was “Sunday Hardcore Matinee”.  I thought this song was so cool because of the lyrics almost paints a story of the good ol’ days when they would all go to cheap Hardcore shows on Sundays.  I think its super cool that a band of a totally different genre made a reference to some old school hardcore bands like “Bad Brains” and “Agnostic Front”.  So if your a fan of old school hardcore and like DKM, this song is for you. 

And lets not forget about the last song on this cd! Whether it was live or on cd, EVERY folk/celtic punk rock band has covered this song at one point in time.  “The Irish Rover” puts the finishing touch  this amazing album.  The song is more famously  performed by members of “The Pogues”, and “The Dubliners”.  The song has almost became the standard irish tune that everyone should know.  I have heard many many versions of this song, but I don’t think I have ever liked a version of this song as much as I loved this one. I thought they nailed it!  You’d have to make a judgement for yourself, but I highly suggest that you take a listen to this album. Even if you don’t like the genre, just check it out!!!

In conclusion, I actually give this album a rare 10/10 

Dropkick Murphy’s - Going out in style

Well here it goes. My very first album review!!! I wanted to start off with a positive one so that’s why I picked “Going Out In Style” by the Dropkick Murphy’s.

Don’t you love it when you find out one of your favorite bands put out an album and it’s been out for awhile? I do! It eliminates any waiting time for the album to come out and I go crazy and buy the album. This is exactly what happened when I found out the Dropkick Murphy’s released their new album and it’s been out for about a month or so.

Overall I loved this album from the first track to the last.  It’s very rare for me to find an album I can listen to all the way through and like every song!  This album is just what I wanted/expected for a Dropkick Murphey’s album.  Sometimes theres a fine line with being repetitive and putting the same album out every time, or trying to get too creative and get way too different.  I believe the Dropkick Murphy’s do this perfectly.  They could put out the same type of cd containing the same type of songs, and I would still be a fan.  Although this cd was very similar to all their other stuff, it was at the same time very different.

The same stuff:

When you think of the music that the Dropkick Murphy’s put out, you immediately think about sing along songs that you could raise a pint to in a nearby bar.  They definitely had a handful of songs portraying this stereotype of their genre, because what good Irish band doesn’t have them?  If your looking for those songs you need to check out “Hang ‘em High”, “Going Out In Style”, and “Sunday Hardcore Matinee”.

The different stuff:

I really really really the more traditional folk/irish songs on this album.  These songs include:

"Cruel"

"Memorial Day"

"Take ‘em Down

"Peg O’ My Heart"

All of these songs are different from what you would “expect” from a DKM album.  They are a little more traditional folk/irish and have a more authentic approach to their roots of the music they play.  They really pulled these songs off really well. 

Another song that hit me personally was “Sunday Hardcore Matinee”.  I thought this song was so cool because of the lyrics almost paints a story of the good ol’ days when they would all go to cheap Hardcore shows on Sundays.  I think its super cool that a band of a totally different genre made a reference to some old school hardcore bands like “Bad Brains” and “Agnostic Front”.  So if your a fan of old school hardcore and like DKM, this song is for you. 

And lets not forget about the last song on this cd! Whether it was live or on cd, EVERY folk/celtic punk rock band has covered this song at one point in time.  “The Irish Rover” puts the finishing touch  this amazing album.  The song is more famously  performed by members of “The Pogues”, and “The Dubliners”.  The song has almost became the standard irish tune that everyone should know.  I have heard many many versions of this song, but I don’t think I have ever liked a version of this song as much as I loved this one. I thought they nailed it!  You’d have to make a judgement for yourself, but I highly suggest that you take a listen to this album. Even if you don’t like the genre, just check it out!!!

In conclusion, I actually give this album a rare 10/10 

23.05.11
Hi. My name is Hunter. I am dedicating this blog to music only. My blog will include album reviews, show reviews, music video critiques, spotlights on local bands, and anything else that involves music.
DONT WORRY. None of my future posts will be this long.In the beginning…I was raised in a christian home listening to only christian music. I even remember one of my friends showing me some music from P.O.D. and I didn’t think it was possible that they were christians. hahaha. It all started when I got a Newsboys album. Loved them. They were the only band i listened to for awhile until I hit jr high. Relient K was the next stage of my musical journey. I think everyone my age can say every Relient K song was their jr high anthem. During Jr. High I was introduced to some christian rock. It came in a huge package too! I started listening to Jonah 33, Pillar, Disciple, The O.C. Supertones, Skillet, and P.O.D. Oh and MxPx was a huge influence on me too.Introduction to MetalI find it very interesting that most of the music I listen to now made me laugh at first. For instance: The first metal band I have EVER listened to was Demon Hunter. I have never heard any type of crazy music with some old bald guy yelling at the top of his lungs. I started dying laughing when I heard the song “Infected”. But the more times I listened to it, I actually started to like the song. After I began to like that song, I wanted more! So I bought their second album “Summer Of Darkness”. I would still probably consider it one of the best albums I have ever heard. This was the start of something new. Spreading like wildfireAfter checking out Demon Hunter I started to look for more bands like them. I quickly found more bands like: Living Sacrifice, Zao, Norma Jean, The Chariot, He Is Legend, Sinai Beach, As I Lay Dying, and Becoming The Archetype. A little side note: I think its hilarious when I first wanted to buy a Zao cd in best buy. I give it to my mom to put in the basket and she looks at the album title and says “The Funeral of God? Are they christian?” of course I said yes, but I wasn’t even really sure at the time hahaha. That album along with Demon Hunter’s “Summer Of Darkness” is my favorite of all time! Coming out of the shellI think limiting yourself to listening to only christian music is dumb. I didn’t think so before but I didnt realize til High School how limited I was to the art of music. As a Christian, I personally think its ok to listen to non-christian music. Heck I even listen to Dimmu Borgir, and Abigail Williams haha. Just because I listen to them doesn’t mean I worship satan nor does it make me want to. The way I look at it: If the music causes you to sin, then cut it off.The presentListening to music wasn’t enough for me, I had to be a part of it. Me and a few friends started a band about two years ago. Our band name was “When The Smoke Clears”. I think we can all agree that we had no clue what we were doing hahahaha. You gotta start somewhere right? Now I currently have a band that understands our genre and we know what were doing. What a relief.I know you probably fell asleep reading this, but I was bored and I needed something to do haha. Doing this blog gives me a good way to ramble about the music I care about and to get some things out that I want to talk about. Most people don’t have the time to hear me say things, or they dont really care haha. So if you truly care you will take time out of your day to read my blog. I hope you enjoy it =)

Hi. My name is Hunter. I am dedicating this blog to music only. My blog will include album reviews, show reviews, music video critiques, spotlights on local bands, and anything else that involves music.

DONT WORRY. None of my future posts will be this long.

In the beginning…

I was raised in a christian home listening to only christian music. I even remember one of my friends showing me some music from P.O.D. and I didn’t think it was possible that they were christians. hahaha. It all started when I got a Newsboys album. Loved them. They were the only band i listened to for awhile until I hit jr high. Relient K was the next stage of my musical journey. I think everyone my age can say every Relient K song was their jr high anthem. 

During Jr. High I was introduced to some christian rock. It came in a huge package too! I started listening to Jonah 33, Pillar, Disciple, The O.C. Supertones, Skillet, and P.O.D. Oh and MxPx was a huge influence on me too.

Introduction to Metal

I find it very interesting that most of the music I listen to now made me laugh at first. For instance: The first metal band I have EVER listened to was Demon Hunter. I have never heard any type of crazy music with some old bald guy yelling at the top of his lungs. I started dying laughing when I heard the song “Infected”. But the more times I listened to it, I actually started to like the song. After I began to like that song, I wanted more! So I bought their second album “Summer Of Darkness”. I would still probably consider it one of the best albums I have ever heard. This was the start of something new. 

Spreading like wildfire

After checking out Demon Hunter I started to look for more bands like them. I quickly found more bands like: Living Sacrifice, Zao, Norma Jean, The Chariot, He Is Legend, Sinai Beach, As I Lay Dying, and Becoming The Archetype. A little side note: I think its hilarious when I first wanted to buy a Zao cd in best buy. I give it to my mom to put in the basket and she looks at the album title and says “The Funeral of God? Are they christian?” of course I said yes, but I wasn’t even really sure at the time hahaha. That album along with Demon Hunter’s “Summer Of Darkness” is my favorite of all time! 

Coming out of the shell

I think limiting yourself to listening to only christian music is dumb. I didn’t think so before but I didnt realize til High School how limited I was to the art of music. As a Christian, I personally think its ok to listen to non-christian music. Heck I even listen to Dimmu Borgir, and Abigail Williams haha. Just because I listen to them doesn’t mean I worship satan nor does it make me want to. The way I look at it: If the music causes you to sin, then cut it off.

The present

Listening to music wasn’t enough for me, I had to be a part of it. Me and a few friends started a band about two years ago. Our band name was “When The Smoke Clears”. I think we can all agree that we had no clue what we were doing hahahaha. You gotta start somewhere right? Now I currently have a band that understands our genre and we know what were doing. What a relief.

I know you probably fell asleep reading this, but I was bored and I needed something to do haha. Doing this blog gives me a good way to ramble about the music I care about and to get some things out that I want to talk about. Most people don’t have the time to hear me say things, or they dont really care haha. So if you truly care you will take time out of your day to read my blog. I hope you enjoy it =)

09.04.11