Monday, June 27, 2005

Dropkickin' that Glossopharyngeal nerve..

Ok, i'll be the first to admit that I wouldn't normally listen to a band like the Dropkick Murphy's. I've allready gone through my dissafected, angry phase (in high school) and now I prefer my music a little more mellow and palatable (which, come to think of it, might explain the James Taylor album I posted two days ago)... But, fear not, I'm not middle aged, yet... This album is solid. It's fast, so naturally it's good for working out with, but it has a little more substance than most of the other pseudo-punk crap-ola that I've heard. I wouldn't exactly call it "timeless" per se, but it's good. I have a feeling all of the true Dropkick Murphy fans will hate it and call it poppy, but that's what I dig, so they can all be damned. It's their best work, thus far. Check it out.


If, after the scant moments of quiet bagpipes are explosively joined by pounding drums, crunching guitar, and the simple command of "Go!", you're not completely in Dropkick Murphy's exuberant grasp with the opening track "Your Spirit's Alive"... there may be no hope. Remove their new studio album, "The Warrior's Code" out of your CD player and go... I don't know... sip on your prune juice, awaiting your turn at the shuffleboard. Seriously. For the rest of you, sit back and get ready for a new dose of Dropkick Murphy's perfect blend of Irish folk and punk rock. On this latest collection is just one potentially inspiring, shout along anthem after another. The proceedings slow down a bit for an epic ballad called "The Green Fields of France," but other than that it's a group of straight ahead rock songs to pump your fists to and yell along with.

While the band continues to get more and more at ease with writing shorter and catchier or hookier and poppier songs, "he Warrior's Code seems to be have more grit to it than their last studio effort, 2003's "Blackout." The Warrior's Code barely takes a breath. From the joyous accordion-flavored rock and cheers of "Sunshine Highway," all good times and rowdy, well, occasionally rough, fun to the insightful, biting political observations of post-9/11 USA and the CIA taking out newspaper ads for new recruits on the loud and driving "Citizen CIA," Dropkick Murphy's are in top notch form on their latest offering. Songs like "Take It And Run" show just how good at observational and human storytelling the band really is. A song about a family trying to survive and maybe even thrive-- the mom without enough money to feed her kids right, but striving for the means...

It's timeless, moving songwriting without any sap. Despite occasionally heavy subject matter that could become down beat, Dropkick Murphys tell tales of overcoming and celebrating life. These are songs to listen to when you need to get the hell out of a funk, when the day's got you down, and you need a riotous, ballsy pick up. The Warrior's Code finds Dropkick Murphys at their rowdy, celebratory, and insightful best.
- D.J. Kirkbride | 2005-06-16

In hillarious sporting news:

Shaq got his MBA from an online university. Wonder how much weight that will carry when he starts looking for jobs in the allready saturated Miami market.

Now for my songs of the day (I listened to Phish a lot at the library):
Rancid - Nihilsm (live)
Phish - Billy Breathes
Phish - Tweezer
Phish - Stash
Bloc Party - Positive Tension
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go


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