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Going Out in Style
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
Upon reading about Going Out in Style, the latest release from Dropkick Murphys, I will admit to having a few concerns. It is a concept album revolving around the life of a character called Cornelius Larkin. I am suspicious of concept albums; many songs do not make sense apart from the "concept," and the albums often do not stand up to repeated listening. My second concern was the appearance of Bruce Springsteen on the traditional "Peg O' My Heart." While I am a major fan of the Boss, I wasn't sure how he'd do on a Dropkick Murphys album.

Both of my concerns turn out to be groundless. Going Out in Style is a concept album, but the songs are strong and can all stand on their own. This is a very tuneful disc. I find it more catchy and varied than their last effort, The Meanest of Times. The traditional tunes "Peg O' My Heart" and "The Irish Rover" are fun and rollicking. "1953" is a simply beautiful ballad. "Broken Hymns" is majestic, heartbreaking, and anthemic. As for Springsteen, he fits into the mix quite well.

Fans of the band will not be disappointed in this disc. Those unfamiliar with the band will not go wrong with it; however, as several reviewers have already stated, "The Warrior's Code" may be a better place to begin. Going Out in Style is fantastic Celtic-flavored punk, and it is to be recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
Good solid effort. Plus Springsteen helping out on Peg O' My Heart doesn't hurt either. The most catchy tune on the record for me so far. Liking them all, and with each new listen they get more familiar and they feel like a well worn shoe. I've read it's a concept album on the life of a Fictional character named Cornelius Larkin. He has passed on and the album becomes a sort of retrospective of his "life". According to some interviews of frontmen Ken Casey and Al Barr he's a conglomoration of their family members, friends and loved ones. The music is as you would expect - Celtic punk, and the song writing is good too. They have the formula pretty well down to a science now. I agree with the previous reviewer that Warrior's Code and even Meanest of Times are superior, but if you've got those you'll enjoy this as well. Snag it for $5!! Going to see them this Saturday again, so it will be a blast to have some new tunes to dig at the show. If only Bruce would make a cameo... that would be a memorable event!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
after seeing them live in lowell, it's hard to fully appreciate their recorded work - the live show is such a joyous circus. what other punk band travels with a string quartet, five bag pipers, a penny whistle and a troupe of step dancers? but i would say that this album is another home run. yeah, springsteen being in the mix is cool, but these guys hardly need his help. it is sad that, according to their interview on WBUR the day before the show, that Liam Clancy thought the DKM had "ruined Irish music" for American audiences. true, traditional irish music does sound pretty tame after the furious full-tilt of the DKM, but i would highly recommend a listen to the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, or The Pogues to see where these boys came from. and put Lowell on your calendar for next St. Paddy's Day. a show not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
I'd already bought the mp3 album from Amazon, but had to pick this up when it came out. The studio album is great. The Dropkicks put a lot of energy into their studio recordings and it's always a pleasure to hear new stuff from them.

The live recording is even better in my opinion. It's a fantastic capture of their live performance and is doubly special for me, as I was at the Saturday concert at Fenway when it was recorded. Listening to the cd and watching the video download have been great ways to remember that fun night, with good friends and the exciting experience we had at Fenway Park.

While not perfect, it's definitely one of the better concert recordings I've purchased. If you're a fan of the Dropkicks, this is not to be missed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2011
While it's true DKM has mellowed a bit ,it's still a great album. If you listen through the years, each album has lost the true punk feel a little more than the last. But honestly, I've mellowed with age as well. I couldn't pick a bad song out of 'em all. There are many catchy tunes and you can listen from start to finish. I agree with some of the other writers that, while I enjoyed The Irish Rover, it is a song that's been done very similarly before. Honestly,this is really worth every penny! But then again, I'd pay much more for one of my favorite bands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although overall mellower than previous releases. I'm loving this album. Being a big fan of this genre in general I appreciate the variety on this album. Definitely room for slow and fast and everything in between. Best band at Warped years ago. Still going strong. Don't hesitate get this now, thank me later. A little bit punk a little bit folk and little bit pop/rock all with indomitable STYLE. You get everything with this release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well, the Dropkick Murphys have done it again: another great album! I know I am different than a lot of people, but I was never worried about "Going Out In Style" being a concept album. I love music and to me the lyrics aren't as important as the actual music. Every song on this album is so good, it's hard for me to pick out a favorite. If I had to though, I would say "Hang 'em High" "Take 'em Down" and "Peg O' My Heart" are my favorites. Then again, how can I not list "Deeds Not Words?" The intro with the bagpipes and drums is just awesome!

If you like the Dropkick Murphys, celtic punk, or just celtic music in general, you'll like, if not love, this album. For $5.00 on MP3 download, how can you go wrong?

Get this album and enjoy it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
OK, this is actually a concept album about the fictional Cornelius Larkin - a gent who like Mr. Estevez is a self-proclaimed "winner" and is gonna party at his own wake and leave this spinning rock in grand, glorious style. The only difference, Larkin made it to age 78.

The Dropkick Murphys' latest album is yet another home run for Boston's greatest musical export. When they dropped a masterpiece as their opening salvo, Do or Die, I thought they'd spend the rest of their days trying in vain to get back to that glorious high. Think again. Album after album has either been just as freakin' classic or merely simply excellent. The band is a touring powerhouse. They survived the smoothest lead singer turnover since AC/DC and the smoothest lead bagpipe player turnover since... well they own that one. Not that we don't miss ya Spicy McHaggis.

I was a bit worried on the opening track. On first listen, it sounded more like Andrew WK scoring the grand opening number of a "Pirates of the Caribbean" broadway show. But it's a good song, so I say so what? Who cares? Let's go Murphy's, what's next? Oh yeah, the title track. Mr. Larkin invites all of his friends to the party saying "I could really give a (deleted), I'm going out in style." From there on out, the party never ends. I danced til I dropped rocking out to this tonight while cooking dinner.

The Backstreets fanatics will surely check out The Boss on Peg O' My Heart, and what better introduction for a newbie. The lovely Parkington Sisters contribute strings and vocals, as does Ken Casey's daughter Emma. Mates from NOFX and The Living End are among the album's many fine cameos.

For their entire career, the Murphys have sung odes to the working man, the fallen soldier, the winners, the losers and the blokes in the darkest corner of the pub. With this celebration of Cornelius Larkin, they round all of these bases again with pride and high style.

Well done Murphys. Well done.

CD OR MP3???

The MP3 is on sale, so you'd be crazy to at least not buy it ASAP. If you hold out for the CD, you'll be treated to the program of Connie Larkin's living wake. The liner notes tell the tale of a life well lived, penned by Michael Patrick MacDonald. The balance of the booklet includes photos of the blowout party and it is clear Connie had fans of all ages. And wow does he have phenomenal taste in women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
Love them or hate them it is a Dropkick album. It's what you expect from these boys, a great rock n roll record. It probably won't convert any non-believers. Cheers!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
These guys made another really great album. The songs are catchy and make me want March 17 to be here so I can listen to it without ridicule and strange looks as bagpipes blast loudly from my car's windows. It is a great album, but it doesn't live up to the standards i have of these guys from "The Warrior's Code." If this is your first Dropkick album, skip this and get Warrior's Code... If you are a fan of theirs then of course you will like it. It is also 5 dollars, so all is well. ENJOY EVERYBODY!

Warriors Code (Dig)
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