Real McKenzies “Off The Leash”

Album Reviews | Aug 26th, 2008

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Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre: Celtic Punk
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The Canadian-Scottish punks are back with their 6th full-length album and its their best one yet! Their last album 10,000 Shots was an awesome mix of bagpipe punk rock & folk music and this album doesnt disappoint at all either!

The Real McKenzies have really fine-tuned their sound over the last few years and they no longer sound clunky anymore. They probably sound the best they have ever sounded on Off the Leash. The band isnt afraid to slow it down or experiment a little bit. A good example of that is the song The Ballad of Greyfriars. It sounds like a Dixieland, Gypsy, Circus, Celtic song to me and I dig it a lot! Another good example that the band is trying something different is the song The Maple Tree Remember. Its a mixture of twangy country, Celtic, and folk rock. I wish they did more like those 2 songs because they were the stand outs.

But of course the reason why many of us like the Real McKenzies is the fast paced bagpipe punk rock they have played for over 15 years! Plus, a Celtic album wouldnt be complete with at least 1 song about drinking. That song is Drink Some More. So put on your kilt, raise a glass with your buddies, and tune into the new Real McKenzies album because its excellent!

Bottom Line: Real McKenzies’ best album to date!
Notable Tracks: The Ballad of Greyfriars Bobby, Kings of Fife, White Knuckle Ride, The Maple Trees Remember
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