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:
"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