Murphys - The Gang's All Here
off of high reviews from the debut effort of the Dropkick
Murphys, Do or Die, the sophomore effort, The Gang's
All Here, comes with both high expectations and anticipation.
Glowing reviews ranging from low-profile publications such
as Gearhead and Mean Street to mainstream reviewing
sources such as The Washington Post, as well as coming
off of a major tour with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The
Gang's All Here has a healthy head of steam driving before
the CD even starts.
on Hellcat Records,
featuring producing by Rancid's
very own Lars Frederiksen, is a collection of 8 new tracks
and 8 new versions of previously released material. For those
familiar with Do Or Die, a difference comes quick due
to the arrival of long-time friend, Al Barr, as new vocalist.
album jumps into the second track, "Blood and Whiskey"
you realize how incredibly well (considering they only formed
in 1996), the band meshes together by the way they combine
raw energy with brilliantly precise rhythm section of bass
and drum working together.
of the Blue Collar" is revisited throughout the album, but
perhaps most strongly in "10 Years of Service."
Fighting 69th" ( RealAudio
the proud energy that only the Dropkick Murphy's have been
able to harness. "Wheel of Misfortune" (
to impress with heartfelt lyrics of standing strong combined
with strong heritage of traditional fiddle. The bhouys couldn't
let down expectations from the last album by living up to
Request magazine's "Cover of the Year" for Do or
Die's "Finnegan's Wake" with a version of "Amazing Grace"
only the Dropkick Murphys could serve justice. What better
way to close the album but with a tribute to brotherhood unity
after life's hardships with a traditional drinking song-esque
"The Gang's All Here."
Gang's All Here is an album that you knew punk could still
write, but just haven't heard in quite some time. It's about
time that an album has been released that makes every soul
feel proud to stand up with chin raised high, no matter what
you're put through day-to-day.
Years of Service" ( RealAudio
"Amazing Grace" ( RealAudio
"Blood and Whiskey" ( RealAudio
"The Fighting 69th" ( RealAudio
of Misfortune" ( RealAudio