Dropkick Murphys – Going Out In Style

The Dropkick Murphys are an interesting case. Their unique fision of Celtic and Punk Rock music has always been an interesting sound. Some people call them an imitation of Flogging Molly, but I say the more the merrier.

They’ve recently released their latest album, “Going Out In Style.” The album doesn’t deviate from their formula, but hey! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! In fact, I’d be disappointed if they did stray from the Celtic-Punk genre. Their first single is the album’s title track. Here’s a quick breakdown of the track.

The Good;
• This song stays true to the band’s signature sound, but makes heavier use of the bagpipes than many of their other tracks.
• The song features a chant like chorus that builds as the song progresses. Towards the end, you just want to shout along with the band along with the rest of the pub!
• The lyrics tell a story of a man imagining his own funeral and wanting to buy his mates one last drink. It’s a story that everyone can get behind and relate to, and it’s told in an entertaining and convincing way!
• Definite crowd mover!

The Bad;• The vocals aren’t very melodic. In fact, there’s more shouting than anything else. Hey…I guess it is Punk rock after all.
• Some of the traditional Celtic elements have been overshadowed by the Punk influence. I feel like the song could have been toned down just a notch in order to let the unique Celtic sound really shine through.

The Verdict; Good
This song may not be for everyone, but it’s worth listening to find out. For those who dig the awesome blend of Punk and Celtic music, the Dropkick Murphys latest song is an instant, crowd moving classic!

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