The Magic of Youth
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||The Daylights||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Like a Shotgun||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Disappearing||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sunday Afternoons on Wisdom Ave||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||They Will Need Music||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Package Store Petition||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Horse Shoe and the Rabbits Foot||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Magic of Youth||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Upper Hand||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Ballad of Candlepin Paul||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||3:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Open and Honest||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Like fried chicken and waffles, nobody expected third-wave ska and gargantuan heavy metal guitars to go so well together. With its ninth studio album, the Boston octet proves its music has the shelf life of a Twinkie. The first cut, “The Daylight,” opens on crunchy post-grunge guitar distortion, gang vocals, and wall-to-wall brass. That wide-angle horn section takes a more prominent role in the catchy “Like a Shotgun” before singer Dicky Barrett offers rough, whispery inflections in “Disappearing,” sounding a little like Social Distortion's Mike Ness. If you’re looking for more traditional ska rhythms, check out the upbeat “Sunday Afternoons on Wisdom Ave.,” which bounces with all the pick-it-up/pick-it-up gusto of early-'90s Orange County, Calif. Another album standout surfaces in “The Upper Hand,” a Clash-flavored number boasting stellar bass parts by Joe Gittleman.
Mightier every year!
I shook Dickie's hand once. It was at a Warp Tour in Fargo. He let me buy Jackknife for less than regular price because he liked the look of Canadian money. This band means SO much to me. I have been listening for 20 years or so and every album is fantastic. This one is no different. Ska may be a small community, but the mayor of that community is Mighty. Long live the Bosstones.
Great songwriting, great playing. One of their best.
Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s