by Hans Jaeger
The boys in green are back. Massachusetts-based The Dropkick Murphys are dropping their latest album Signed and Sealed in Blood on January 8, a rough gruff Irish punk album that no one will be able to get enough from start to finish.
From the first song “The Boys are Back”, it is clear that The Dropkick Murphys are back in full force. The bagpipes warm up in the intro and the shenanigans begin. The album moves through catchy chorus after catchy chorus, along with guitars that just make you want to move.
Midway through the album we come across a wonderfully punk rendition of the holiday season. “The Season’s Upon Us” is a goofy and fun song about what being a part of a strange family is all about. We move on to song after song that will make anyone bob their head.
“Out on the Town” is a bit of a change up. Suddenly we have a slightly rockabilly sound sneaking into this album. They hit another home run with this one.
All-in-all we have a downright riot of an album and everything one might expect from The Dropkick Murphys. The band has mellowed slightly in sound. This however doesn’t phase the experience in the slightest.
Whether you’re a new or old fan of The Dropkick Murphys or punk in general I would give this album a chance.