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“The Meanest Of Times” (Deluxe) by Dropkick Murphys

Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Title: “The Meanest Of Times”
Label: Born & Bred Records
Release Date: 3/11/2008
Genre: Celtic Punk
Rating: 4/5

Begosh & Begorrah, tis Saint Paddy’s Day and The Dropkick Murphy’s have returned with a special edition of their hit album “The Meanest Of Times”. In celebration of the day and their Emerald Isle origins the CD is repackaged to have a little “Wearin’ O’ The Green” of its own and not only comes with five bonus tracks but also a DVD that is loaded with special extras. Given our thoughts for the original album haven’t changed we are lining out that copy once again to remind you and we will address the additions afterward. Read on me lads and lasses.
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“The Meanest Of Times” by The Dropkick Murphys

Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Title: “The Meanest Of Times”
Label: Born & Bred Records
Release Date: 9/18/2007
Genre: Celtic Punk
Rating: 3.5/5

Having more Metal blood running through my veins than that which is Punk associated sometimes finds me being out of touch with a band like The Dropkick Murphy’s but luckily I am a quick study and able to appreciate the likes of the music found on their sixth release “The Meanest Of Times”. The seven member group from Beantown (or Boston to those readers worldwide who have no idea what that means) have had a steady and loyal following for years but this was raised exponentially with their music appearing in the Martin Scorsese mob epic “The Departed”. Having your songs in an Academy Award winning motion picture would certainly allow a band to rest upon their laurels just a little bit but this would not be the case for the Murphy’s who instead deliver a scorching, boot stomping, raise your pints into the air bunch of tunes that talk about family life and friendship, as well as remaining loyal to ones roots and beliefs. The charge into Celtic Punker turf begins with “Famous For Nothing” and this one gets you started right as the double chorus and bagpipes sing to you about alcohol fueled memories. “God Willing” keeps the toes tapping and is quite honorable in its message about friendship as it quotes that the best laid plans can all change by tomorrow and how you never know when the last time you will see your friends might be. “God willing I will see you on the other side”, it sings and while a rather ominous notation it is one that seems to lean on us a little about appreciating those around us just in case.
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