Dropkick Murphys â€“ The Meanest of Times / 2007 Born & Bred / 15 Tracks / http://www.dropkickmurphys.com /
The star that the Dropkick Murphys are riding on is only reaching higher and higher altitudes. Their last album, â€œThe Warriorâ€™s Codeâ€, sold around 20,000 copies. This time, â€œThe Meanest of Timesâ€ has blown past that number and have firmly ensconced the Dropkick Murphys as perhaps the best known â€œIrishâ€-themed band, behind perhaps Flogging Molly and the Pogues. The first track on â€œThe Meanest of Timesâ€ is â€œFamous for Nothingâ€, a track that immediately brings back all the power and the fury to individuals that may have forgotten exactly why the Dropkick Murphys sold so many copies of their last album.
â€œGod Willingâ€ is a perfect singalong track, with splashing guns and a set of bagpipes that will get individuals jigging like the best of them. The best thing about DKM during â€œThe Meanest of Timesâ€ is their ability to create music that has been done to death, but do it in such a way that will keep individuals interested while still providing music that is fresh and compelling even to individuals that may not even be fans of the genre. â€œThe State of Massachutsettsâ€ is the bandâ€™s first bona fide hit; from the slightly harder (musically) opening of the track, DKM provide listeners every possible reason to listen in. The chorus will get stuck in listenersâ€™ heads for weeks after the CD ends, while the rest of the instrumentation makes this into a track that is destined for a Tony Hawk game or featured spot on the X Games. â€œEchoes on â€œAâ€ Streetâ€ continues this strong foot forward, but it is not only because DKM have thrown together another track that will stick around with listeners.
Rather, the band expands on the intricacy of the arrangements for this track, providing the framework for a track that individuals have to deconstruct to truly receive all the benefits from the song. This evolved state provides greater appreciation for the band; they are not now only a punk band that throws the same thing in the face of their listeners time after time, but they want to create music that will stand the test of time. While it seemed like for a time that the DKM had started to rest on their laurels a little bit, the steps forward that they took during â€œThe Meanest of Timesâ€ show that there is still a considerable amount of fight left in this Irish-themed punk band.
Top Tracks: The State of Massachusetts, God Willing