Dropkick Murphys “The Warriors Code”

Album Reviews | Jun 15th, 2005

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Record Label: Hellcat Records
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Getting advanced CDs has its advantages but it also has its disadvantages. Like getting this CD with 100 something tracks that are 24 seconds long each. It plays fine and blends nicely, it’s just fucking annoying to skip a track. I know people are trying to stop piracy but this isn’t the way of going about it. I’m sure there are programs to blend the tracks together into the right length anyway. But it could be worse; there could be some annoying voice over each track saying it’s owned by Epitaph. I refuse to review shit like that. That bugs me. BUT in any event, I’m glad I got this CD to review.

This is the Dropkick Murphys newest full length CD, and it’s a perfect follow up to “Blackout.” Their style & sound was perfected for the “Blackout” album and they continue with the sharp sound! The songs never sound chaotic or messy. It’s more clean-cut. They branch out and experiment with some more folk songs, but in a Dropkick fashion. You got some Celtic tinged songs, straight up working class punk rock, and then you got some slow folk rock songs. The pipes, accordion and whistle never sounded better on this CD.

Some of the tracks I’ve heard on comps and EPs like “The Burden,” “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” and “Tessie.” It’s not all rehashed stuff though because there’s still plenty of new songs to listen to. They usual cover a traditional song each album and this time they do “Auld Triangle,” which the Dubliners, The Pogues and many other bands who play Celtic or folk cover as well. I think my favorite track is “Sunshine Highway” because I love the beat to it and the accordion sounds awesome in it. “The Green Fields of France” (originally by Eric Bogle) shows that Al Barr can sing slow traditional songs really well! This could very well be my second favorite track on album because it’s just something you don’t normally hear on a Dropkick CD. I’m really dying to hear an all acoustic album from the Dropkick Murphys because you can tell they have it in them to do one. I think it’s inevitable but we’ll see if the band goes down that road. I think it’s a good idea and then they should tour only pubs and small bars, not concert venues.

If you thought Blackout was good, wait til you hear this one! I can’t wait to hear these songs live. This album was exactly what I was hoping for!

Bottom Line: Just as good as Blackout, maybe even better!
Notable Tracks: Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, Sunshine Highway, The Burden, The Green Fields of France, Take it and Run
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