Speed Of Darkness
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Speed Of Darkness

May 31, 2011

Song Title
Speed Of Darkness
The Heart Of The Sea
Don't Shut 'Em Down
The Power's Out
So Sail On
Saints & Sinners
This Present State Of Grace
The Cradle Of Humankind
Oliver Boy (All Of Our Boys)
A Prayer For Me In Silence
Rise Up

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Label: Borstal Beat Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Borstal Beat Records
  • Total Length: 43:09
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  • ASIN: B004ZIH69Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,458 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, Good. June 9, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I was waiting for this album for a while, and when I listened to it the first time I was a little surprised. It's a new sound for them (for many songs). I wasn't a fan at first. During some of the songs, I actually thought I was listening to some of my old Midnight Oil music. Whether FM claims to be Irish, or we call them Irish, or whatever; that's what first attracted me to them. So, I missed it on this album. If you cling to the "punk" aspect you may find it mediocre. I mean, punk is a dime-o-dozen. I can get my punk fix anywhere.
That being said: turns out this is actually a good album. After a few listens, the songs started to grow on me. Most songs are pretty good; I even 5 starred 4 or 5 of them. (Oliver Boys, Heart of the Sea, being a couple). In my opinion, Within a Mile of Home is their best so far. It will be hard for them to beat that, and I don't think this does obviously. But, it's good, and it's Dave being Dave :).
Overall: Good, give it a few listens.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution is natural June 7, 2011
By Scout
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Those looking for a rehash of previous albums will have issues with SoD (2 or 3 star ratings). This is a great album...not their best though. The Power's Out ranks as one of the best offerings from the band. This is an evolution (not maturity), generally speaking. If you want to listen to a Swagger or Drunken Lullabies type of album, then listen to those, not SoD. There is passion here, and their ability to evolve within the context of what makes them great without compromise is evident.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is who again?? June 20, 2011
By Wookie
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking some more of Swagger or Drunken Lullabies or even Within A Mile From Home...then hit repeat on the old playlist. This album just isn't the same. It's a bit slower and softer. It's a lot less of that fun and energetic punk that I've come to love from them. It's mild...timid even.

It's not bad...but definitely not the FM that I think most have come to love and enjoy. This is your parents FM, lol.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Financial Crisis Sets Flogging Molly To Work". May 31, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Alternative rock band Flogging Molly is back with a great inspirational fifth album titled 'Speed Of Darkness'. The celtic outfit Flogging Molly tackles the effect of American financial/economic crisis on an ordinary man with a mixture of beautiful punk, rock & traditional Irish music. This great CD (12 tracks) has stand-outs/gems/solid tracks including "So Sail On" (a slow track with wonderful violin/guitar chords combination, vocals & very inspirational lyrics), "This Present State Of Grace" (beautiful guitar chords, Irish pipes/flute sound & vocals) & "A Prayer For Me In Silence" (An incredible up-tempo track with unbelievable harmonies, melody,Irish pipes/flute sound & vocals). Great tracks include "The Speed Of Darkness" (up-tempo indie rock track with a beautiful banjo sound. This is the title track for this great CD), "Revolution" (up-tempo track with great melody & vocals), "The Heart Of The Sea" (mid-tempo track with great keyboard, vocals & melody), "The Power's Out" (great Irish influenced track), "Saints & Sinners" (Irish/indie/punk up-tempo track), "The Cradle Of Humankind" (a slow/mellow track with great grandpiano pick-ups & vocals) & "Rise Up" (Irish pipes/flute sound with great vocals & melody). Okay tracks are "Don't Shut 'Em Down" (mid to up-tempo track) & "Oliver Boy(All Off Over Boys)" (up-tempo indie rock/punk track). On overall, this is an inspirational CD release by the talented indie rock band Flogging Molly, a highly recommended CD listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fricking Amazing! April 11, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I have just recently gone back to vinyl. Hearing Floggin Molly on a turntable is just awesome. It is pressed on heavy weight vinyl. I love this band and they are awesome in concert. I was at the concert at the cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. This is some of their best work ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Anyways. I am a big Flogging Molly fan. I love their energy and wild crazyness in their previous albums which make me feel like jiggin around my room. I play Penny Whistle often to their music. I have even transposed their music and play it on Guitar. BUT... I am going to defend this album against the biased Flogging Molly fans. Its not that the band has changed, its that they went to Michigan and while they were there they took a break. After all this whole album is about Detroit and such. They took a good break and were actually talented enough to write something different. GOOD bands can do that. I personally understand this album since I am from good Michigan and I am a Michigander who loves good quality music. There is a time for wild and crazy high energy and then there is a time for calm and or steady music. Flogging Molly has done that. They have done an album that is different from all of their previous ones. Thats quality not selling out or whatever you want to call it. So, Flogging Molly, I look forward to playing more Guitar and Penny Whistle to you latest effort... Cheers!!!

And to all of you biased naysayers, think outside the box. Great bands are capable of doing different music and not just the same type of stuff over and over again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Brazen, Broken, and Poetic June 7, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I love Flogging Molly, own all their albums, can sing most of their songs by heart, and this is probably my favorite one. It's a gritty, broken picture of Detroit (which is both the pride and bane of any Michiganian... Michigander? Not exactly sure which is the correct term for us any more). It is raw, and both painful and beautiful to listen to. The lyrics strike a chord with the general feeling of Detroit, and it's so angy and painful.

The music doesn't lose that amazing Flogging Molly sound. It feels like every amazing song wrapped into one album and you just want to scream, cheer, and cry all at once. I wish I had a more eloquent way of explaining how AMAZING this album is to me, but I can't express it in words. It just touches that wounded part of you, and you want to embrace it. You want what the lyrics and music are offering. I HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone, whether you like Flogging Molly or not. It's just brutal and poetic. Like a good, dirty fist fight on the floor of a factory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
Love Flogging Molly! This CD has some really great songs and I am very happy with this purchase. Great buy.
Published 4 days ago by Rebecca Tidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this band
Amazing mix of folk, Irish, punk, rock and coolness . A sound all their own, but familiar, comforting and awesome.
Published 28 days ago by Thornerfhammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I always enjoy the music of Flogging Molly, but I was very excited by the blue-collar ‘working man’ feel of this album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. Knepp
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Not sure there is any 'bad' Flogging Molly! This may be a bit different than other albums, however, it is still very fun!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Me and my boys love this album, My youngest jams out in the back seat every time I play it
Published 4 months ago by Robert Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I've really enjoyed this album. It's a mild departure from the band's previous recordings, but I like the direction they moved in.
Published 7 months ago by Nathan B
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
Straight ahead...irish rock. Just like its advertised, you get what expect with Floggin Molly, they know how to kick some ass
Published 10 months ago by Curtis G. Melhorn
1.0 out of 5 stars SORRY I DID NOT ORDER THIS
Published 10 months ago by As False as Cressid'
4.0 out of 5 stars Supremely Entertaining
Love the blend of rock, folk and Irish in their songs!
Especially relevant to the times - Give it a listen
Published 10 months ago by Christy Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I have followed this band since Drunken Lullabies (even when they played Irish fest in columbus so one could see them for free), and can honestly say this is their worst album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Adam Johnson
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