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A song like “the State of Massachusetts” is why people listen to Beantown heroes Dropkick Murphys. A careening Irish rhythm set ablaze by brass knuckle guitars and a hellacious stomp, “Massachusetts” is as at home in a Boston dockworkers’ bar as it is in a Warped Tour mosh pit. The Murphys have been plying their blend of Irish and punk styles for ten years, and The Meanest of Times might well be their most consummate work to date. Following their widespread exposure on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, the Murphys have returned with several new anthems in the same mold as “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” that film’s centerpiece song. “God Willing,” “Flannigan’s Ball,” and “Never Forget” will be worthy singalongs at the band’s famous St. Patrick’s Day shows, while “Fairmount Hill” might be the most vivid take on the Pogue’s glorious, drunken tale telling that this band has yet attempted. If only one song could be chosen from The Meanest of Times to represent the band’s merger of fighting Irish spirit with punk passion (or is it their fighting punk spirit blended with Irish passion?) it would be “Echoes on ‘A.’ Street.” It’s enough to bring the blood up, even in a Yankees fan.

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Not a Disapointment

Great offering by the famous Dropkick Murphys...never let's up from the first track to the last and is everything we expect from the murphys. Kinda wish there were traditional Irish songs like their old Dubliners covers, or slowers songs like The Green Fields of France. Still a top offering from one of the most original bands in music

Knockout For The Murphys

I, being a fellow Bostonian, love the Dropkick Murphys, and this is just plain sick. Get it. Love It. Spread the word.


I bought this the minute it came out, and it was worth every penny. This is an excellent album, definately some of their best material yet. Check out their other albums, and go see them if you ever get the chance, it's the best show you'll ever see.


Formed: 1995 in Quincy, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The hardcore punk/Celtic folk outfit Dropkick Murphys formed in South Boston in 1995; vocalist Mike McColgan, guitarist Rick Barton, and bassist Ken Casey comprised the original nucleus of the group, with a series of drummers passing through the lineup before the addition of Matt Kelly in 1997. After a series of EPs, including Fire & Brimstone, Tattoos & Scally Caps, and Boys on the Docks, the Dropkick Murphys signed to Hellcat Records to issue their 1998 full-length Do or Die, produced by Rancid's...
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