It pains me to not give this album 5 stars.
Nostalgia is not just a longing for a time that was, a yearning for the past... It's the desire for something that can never be again. Flogging Molly was the soundtrack to my life for more than a decade. Drunken Lullabies, Float, Whiskey on a Sunday, all crucial albums to my life's experience. I saw them in concert. My wife and I danced to them at our St. Patrick's Day wedding. Their songs were with me through my best and my worst... and then came Speed of Darkness. The album sounded weird. Maybe it was overproduced, maybe it was just the wrong album for me. But with the disappointment that came with that album came a cooling off period for me with this band. I didn't listen to them for over a year. I saw them in concert again in 2015, and it was great, but the affair was short lived. I had fallen out of love with Flogging Molly, and I was sick over it.
I purposely avoided listening to singles or samples from this new album, in hopes that the anticipation would rekindle that old flame. Having now finished my first listen of the new album, I'm glad I waited. This album is great. It has most of what you would want from a FM album. Dave's voice is as great as ever, and the band sounds tight and polished. They've lost some of that punk sound that my younger self craved, but they've traded it in for a maturity that I wasn't quite ready for in Speed of Darkness. Not every track is a winner, and at times I find myself wanting more out of a song- more energy, more edge, just a hint more distortion, more of the sound that made Drunken Lullabies the anthem that it was. But that's not where I am any more, nor is it where FM has come to in their 20+ years. We're different people now, and those times, for good or ill aren't coming back- time to make peace with the present.
I'll play this album to death. And I look forward to many more years of Flogging Molly.
PS- There's Nothing More Pt. 1 is awesome, and reminds me of old FM... so where's Pt. 2?
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- Label: Concord Vanguard
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- Total Length: 44:13
- ASIN: B06XXCYX6T
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