The Meanest Of Times
2007, Born & Bred Records
For those unfamiliar with the Dropkick Murphys: They combine Rock and Punk with Bagpipes and other folk instruments such as Accordion, Tin Whistle and Mandolin. This is their 6th offering of explosive anthems that will just blow your mind. The group hit public attention several years ago with their performance of “Tessie” which is the Official song of the Boston Red Sox.
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The sometimes out of tune guitar and the high energy impact of the music of THE MEANEST OF TIMES is a sure fire hit. With tracks like “God Willing”, “Vices and Virtues” and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” this is the strongest release in the DM catalog. Lyrically they draw from their own past and present and write about the hardships they encountered growing up while injecting some current good time drinking fun. A song like “(F)lannigan’s Ball” will stick in your head with its catchy hooks and chorus. One of the standouts on the disc, hands down. The bagpipes on here are quite prominent and showcase this under used instrument. Maybe that’s a good thing as if too many used pipes it wouldn’t be as unique and special.
The whole disc is a fun, upbeat disc of punkish drink rock. At first it takes a couple of listens to get into but when it does you better look out because it hits hard and you’ll be cranking it up and partyin’ hard.