The Dropkick Murphys Wish You Happy St Patrick's Day And In Turn Wish A Friend A Grand Farewell
"Going Out in Style," the 12th album from Boston Celtic punk outfit, Dropkick Murphys, spins a eulogy of Cornelius Larkin, an Irish immigrant and Korean War veteran with a rough and tumble life that spans the 13 tracks of the release and even includes an obituary in the liner notes. The album jumps between old world Irish folk and the Dropkick's punk-infused take on it, which does not stray far from the sound the band has developed over the years. With stomping blue collar anthems like "Hang em' High" and the title track "Going Out in Style" to the mandolin & bagpipe ruckus of "Sunday Hardcore Matinee" that makes you want to stage-dive off the bar, the Dropkick Murphys drop an album that is not only fun to pump your fists to while wearing a kilt but also listen to over and over to enjoy the story that is told within it. The album also hosts a few of the many friends the Dropkick's have made over the years with comedian and Rescue Me cast member Lenny Clarke dropping in on "Going Out in Style," along with NOFX's Fat Mike & Living End's Chris Cheney, but also The Boss....yes, that's right, Bruce Springsteen singing a chorus on "Peg o’ My Heart" in his gruffest dockworker drawl. While the album pushes its way through the industry crowd of simple punk rock with blaring bagpipes and fiery tin whistles, like on "Climbing A Chair To Bed" and "Deeds Not Words," the boys also pledge support to the Unions with "Take 'Em Down" and then stop to smell the shamrocks on the classic traditional "The Irish Rover" featuring Pat Lynch. All in all, this is the perfect album to tip back a pint of Guinness to and celebrate the day Saint Patrick went out in style. Put your copy on hold today!!!
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