By Kenneth E. Oquist
‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’, the latest from The Dropkick Murphy’s out of Boston, is solid from beginning to end. “The Season’s Upon us” is a holiday song with a dark side to it. It paints a realistic dark family portrait. “End of the Night” has a sing along chorus and awesome bagpipes which they should use more. This is my favorite song here. “The Battle Rages on” rips pretty hard on the ears. “Don’t Tear Us Apart” is slower but still loud. There is some really good diversity of songs here. ”Burn” has a pretty sizable fire under it. The Dropkick Murphy’s are all about Celtic Punk fire.
“The Boys Are Back” also has some marvelous bagpipes. It really hits like a hammer over the head. This song is definitely not light beer music.”Out on the Town” is more of the Celtic Punk Rock you would expect. This is what they do best. “My Hero” is another heavy song and quite solid as they all are. I can’t believe some people drink Bud Light and listen to Classic Rock on Saint Patrick’s Day with choices such as this release. This entire release should be on your St. Patrick’s party playlist. If not, you do not know what you are missing.
“Rose Tattoo” features their mellow side and has a catchy sing a long chorus. “Jimmy Collins’ Wake” is another laid back song with emphasis on the chorus. “Prisoner’s Song” is about as funky as any song with banjo I’ve ever heard. “Out of Our Head” combined mellow and Celtic Punk Rock into a pretty awesome song. This is Four and a half stars and nothing less.
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