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Don't Shut 'Em Down

Don't Shut 'Em Down

May 31, 2011
4.3 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews

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By Kort TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2011
'Don't Shut 'Em Down' is an upbeat, slightly ska-ish rocker with a message. It (and the album it is from) tackles the subject of the current economic crisis facing the US and the world. The subject matter is depressing but the lyrics are hopeful and the music is energetic. If you don't listen to closely to what is being sung, this tune will put a smile on your face and set your toes a tapping. Flogging Molly is a socially and politically aware band that reminds me a bit of Midnight Oil, with both Irish and American roots.

Their website goes into more depth about what Speed Of Darkness and the band is all about. If you find this track at all appealing, check out the samples for the rest of the album. It has the potential to resonate with a lot of the disillusioned American middle and lower class who are finding times tough right now.

~ Kort
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If you like punk rock, Irish whisky, beer and just all around great music, then Flogging Molly will fulfill your needs. FM always delivers a solid performance that makes you want to get together with some friends in a dive bar and have a few pints and have a great time. These guys have the ability to do that with every album, no matter how serious. I always make a point to buy their albums because it not only supports bands like this, but also because they always release great tunes from start to finish.
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This song, like the whole Speed of Darkness album, is decent enough. It's just not the Flogging Molly that we're used to. On past albums, Flogging Molly told stories that cut to the core of the human experience. While the stories were King's own, the themes were relatable to people of any nationality, any class, any generation.This album, in trying to be political and current, lost a lot of that. The album stacks up competitively against other recent left-leaning working-class punk acts' albums (think of the Street Dogs), but it doesn't have the timeless, universal power that Flogging Molly brought to Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home and (perhaps to a lesser extent) Float.

I guess that, as decades pass, bands have to evolve with the lives of their members. This was a respectable effort at that evolution, but I hope that FM tries a different approach on future work.
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I enjoy feeling like a kid every now and then. This song will take you back to your youth when all of the Orange County punk bands were hitting their stride. It has the classic flogging molly uptempo beat and solid vocals.
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This song has really good albeit somewhat depressing lyrics. However it is overall an upbeat, positive song. The overall message seems to be that reality sucks but you can't give up. The music and performance are great. Fun, memorable style and dynamic beats. Very cool.
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Is there ever a good day to be in a fight? Song is a lament of the hardships (relative, of course) we experience daily.
I'd give the band another try despite not being too crazy about this particular tune.
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Part of why I like listening to Flogging Molly is the spirit that they seem to bring in their other abums, whether in the delightful irreverence of "drunken lullabies" or the raucous dance party that is "Swagger". The energy they bring in those albums is awesome and you can't help but get caught up in it.

This album doesn't have that, and I do hope they manage to get whatever they had back, because Within a Mile of Home was pretty good and I'd hate to see them fade away already.
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By Kenneth on September 25, 2011
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Loved this song and was glad it was as great as its sample. Love this kind of music. What else can I say? You need to listen to and purchase this song. It is worth way more than its free cost.
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