Despite gaining mainstream exposure on last year's soundtrack to 'The Departed' as well as singing the National Anthem (repeatedly) for The Boston Red Sox, The Dropkick Murphys haven't softened their rough edges.
'The Meanest Of Times', the band's sixth album is a massive blast of exalted noise via crashing guitars, bagpipes and vocals so throaty as if they wer recorded in a bar while drinking. But 'The Meanest of Times' is most effective when connecting their blue-collar, South Boston roots with classic Celtic arrangements and surprising yielding thoughtful songs that explore lives shaped by drunken violence and Catholicism. The unrelenting fury of "shattered" prove enough reason to listen to this album.
The Murphys are no longer just for Punks or Irishmen. They are a band that bests represents the fabric of our society today.
9 stars out of 10
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