Dropkick Murphys - Blackout (Cover Artwork)

Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys: BlackoutBlackout (2003)
Hellcat Records

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With each album the Dropkick Murphys have been adding more and more Irish influence to each album culminating with the large amount of Celtic instrumentation on Sing Loud Sing Proud. On their latest effort the band have dropped most of the Irish instruments and arrangements from their sound and foc.
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With each album the Dropkick Murphys have been adding more and more Irish influence to each album culminating with the large amount of Celtic instrumentation on Sing Loud Sing Proud. On their latest effort the band have dropped most of the Irish instruments and arrangements from their sound and focused more on a punk sound with a folksy edge to it.

This change in the sound has also lead to a change in the overall song structures and writing. The songs sound much more like a collective effort with Al and Ken sharing vocals and the rest of the band joining in on the choruses and their new piper sounds tighter than before. The songwriting also seems more mature than before and the lyrics have matured to deal with a variety of topics including the plight of the working class, changes in life, life's failures, and the loss of loved ones.

I like these songs much more than the party songs about drinking, they are able to show the band's talent for songwriting and provide the listener with some more real and interesting to listen to. But not to worry the band still has plenty of Guinness soaked songs for you, Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced is one of funniest songs I have heard from them, and will probably be played at all their shows for a long time.

I thought it was odd that they included The Dirty Glass which appeared on the Face to Face split, I was surprised they would include the previously recorded song with their new ones. I'm not complaining though, I never bought the split but I really liked the song so I was happy.

There is also a DVD included with this album which has footage from the 2002 St. Patrick's day show and the video of Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight which is one of their hardest songs to date, and one of the best on the album. I think that this album was a big step forward for the Murphy's in terms of songwriting and style, it breaks them away from the Irish punk pack and allows their talents to be showcased.


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nedsammy (May 30, 2010)

some great punk and folk singalongs, and completely wild. great stuff

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

probably not the best murpheys album n theres a lot of covers on it but it was worth £9

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

write your own songs

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

I need alcohol gang green lyric please Thanx jmarse2000@yahoo.com.ar

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

I think your album is asome.
I love your band!!!!!

Anonymous (June 5, 2004)

This is a great album people, although I'm stunned no-one has mentioned "Time To Go" - best punk song about hockey ever

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

I happen to like Sing Loud Sing Proud...but they still rock and i love them

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

this album fucking rocked, it kept me drinking for long time!!

Anonymous (January 2, 2004)

Awsome album by DKM. If you really want to get the best DKM shows get your ass to Boston can't wait till St Patricks Day '04.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

This album is awesome! But they have not lost there Irishness which is a good thing! Thats part of what makes them who they are. if you take away the Irish in DKM you have a completly different band!

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

i loved this album....ive been a die hard murphys fan for a long time, and while i agree that do or die is by far their best album, this one is fantastic as well...anyone whos complaining that they sound more mainstream or theyre changing or some shit need to get a fucking clue, man. theyve always written about the common worker, family, and unity, and this album is no different. i pretty much liked all the songs on the album...walk away (which is about deadbeat dads btw, not about Spicy) and blackout didnt really appeal to me at first, but after listening to the album endlessly, i grew to really like them....and i loooove black velvet band for some reason haha. anyways, the murphys put out an awesome album, as always, and everyone should go and buy it!

Anonymous (July 26, 2003)

blackout is one of the best albums out and dkm is definatly one of the best bands i have ever heard.... not to mention the live shows kick ass

San Diego DKM army

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Pretty decent album, but decent at best. This is DKM's worst album (in my opinion), without a fucking doubt. Still alrigh though... I give it a 6.

"Walk Away" is a HORRIBLE intro to an album like this. What the fuck were they thinking?

squeeves11 (June 22, 2003)

this album kicks ass. its a lot more creative then a lot of their prior stuff, except the bass line for dirty glass wich is just two notes, the vocals are also a lot better in this song, though i could here a bit more casey. i doubt any cd will ever top do or die, but this is great in a different way. one last note, if this cd doesn't sound very good to you turn up the volume it really helps.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Ok taint punk your comment was tainted for sure....I think kens voice brings out the irish vibe to the band hello.....Irish punk band.Your not a fan you asshole.If you were you would bite your tainted tounge.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

All of you amking bad comments are not true fan,Just a bunch of asses..........

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

You are all a bunch of retards.......This album rules.I do agree do or die is the best but you can't compare the two.Ijust saw them this past saturday it rocked.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

My comment is it is the best since al has joined the band..It has good punk as well as folky irish tunes.Awesome job guys.....Dropkickchick.....

TheOneTrueBill (June 16, 2003)

"On their latest effort the band have dropped most of the Irish instruments and arrangements from their sound"

Lies! Lies!

I really don't like this album all that much. I'll take The Gang's All Here any day, any time.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

I could be wrong but I am pretty sure it was Scruffy that played on Blackout. I know Joe played the St Patricks Day shows with them. But like I said I could very well be (and probably am) wrong.I just got my limited edition 10" picture disc in the mail today... its pretty. I cant wait to put it on the old turntable.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

Thanks for the correction. Good to know. It's nice to see someone can clarify something without attacking "you fucking 'tard" at the end of it. I saw Scruffy live and he does well, but whoever is responsible for the beginning of "As One" gets props.

cdogg (June 16, 2003)

To the poster before me- Not to be a dick, but it's not Scruffy Wallace who plays bagpipes on "Blackout." It's the same guy who played them on the first two records- Joe Delaney.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

Upon further review, I may have been too hard on the Stephanie girl in "The Dirty Glass" After hearing the disntictively Dorchester Kay Hanley the past year, the new girl took some getting used to, but she does a pretty good job on a great song. At least with her presumambly they will be able to play the song live.
No question about Scruffy Wallace, though. He rocks. The pipe solo at the beginning of "As One" gives goosebumps each listen. You expect Roddy Piper to be announced entering the ring. One of the highlights of a new record that seems to get better each time you play it.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

This cd is awesome.
Walk Away took awhile to grow on me but now I love the song. Every single song on this album rocks.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

You call yourself -Old Punker-...........worst nickname ever

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

No it doesn't-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

I find it funny people will rip on DKM for that "Walk Away" song calling it mainstream and pop, but in fact it sounds exactly what original punk did back in the late 70's.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)


anyway .. you fucking suck dude. go to hell

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

to add to my review and to respond to the angrypeople who wrote about being pissed about people saying they were at the st paddy's day weekend shows. you guys were right. There were only 8000 tickets sold which breaks the ramones record and only about a lucky 1000 who had vip all access passes which excludes the band room but still lets you back stage. I was one of the lucky thousand or so. If you dont believe me email me at DKM_boy_on_the_dock_IRL@mindless.com and i'll send you a picture of my vip pass and my support your local piper scruffy wallace t-shirt which i have only seen at that show.
see ya in the pit,
drunk leprakon boston

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

The album rocked. on walk away DKM shown that they, an oi oi hardcore irish street punk band, can pull off a classic 70s style punk rock that you heard in songs like Blitzkreig Bop and I wanna be sedated by the boys who invented punk joey, johnny, tommy, marky(drmuuer that replaced tommy)and dee dee The Ramones and God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols instead of their usual hardcore boston street punk style inspired by bands like gang green, the bosstones, slapshot and black flag who i know arent from boston that you here in Gonna be a blackout tonight which has the gangrenous (sounding like gang green) edge that you heard in in the streets of boston, obviously their of alcohol (by gang green) and John Law which has a similar if not the same back beat as gang green's Protect and serve on the unreleased woody guthrie lyrics written 61 years ago. over all the album they are still at #1 on my list of the best bands and judging by this album they will be for a long time to come.
see ya in the pit
drunk leprakon boston

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

I prefer method man/redmans 'BLACKOUT' album much better. 'microphone checka supreme neck protecta' fo shizzle on the nizzle wizzle sizzle bizzle chizzle.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

coverart.equals("Fucking awful");

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

The title track is on of the few GOOD songs....it sounds like "McColgan era" Dropkicks, no gimmicks, just fucking rock.


Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

Bemused is an idiot. The only thing that is dead around here is your brain.

I will say that I think the Title track is one of the worst songs on this CD in my opinion, but to say the whole album is bad because you heard on song on Punk-o-rama is just ignorant.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

I don't have this, but going on there Punk-o-Rama songs this will suck balls. Oi, Oi punk is dead. It died years ago. All these necro bands need to give up, seriously, your emarassing yourselves.


Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

"chorus" better correct my typo, before some of you petty fuckers bitch and whine about that too.


Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

"so i'm wondering, does anyone know if walk away is about spicy?"

No, it's a song about dead-beat fathers. which i am sure all of you people that are complaining about this album, will one day become. ever try listening to all of the lyrics, not just the courus?

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

oh no not another "why can't they go back to Do or Die and Single Years" style post!

yup, thats it.

I denied for a long time that Sing Loud Sing Proud was bad, but Blackout just isn't memorable to me........ :-



Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

I'll disagree with you niño con infermeda (that's sickboi in spanish). the best DKM cover art is "do or die." nothing like the working class men being represented with their bellies out. plus it has my fav DKM song "barroom hero."

(drinking kool-aid)

TahoeJeff (June 11, 2003)

for whoever asked where'd they'dve heard fields of athenry before..you probably heard it on No Use For a Name's "Making Friends" album. I love Blackout but I think I like No Use's version of the song better

sickboi (June 11, 2003)

OK, on the topic of the cover art, here's what i don't get.....

Its blackout, so whats up with the guitar strumming pic? With that pic it should be "Rockout!" or something...

And the cracks or bulletholes? I just dont know...

(best DKM cover art= "The Gang's All here")

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

For such a good album this is the worst damned review ever.. The dropkick murphys have changed but not in the manner the reviewer was talking about... they have always (from day fucking one) played songs about the plight of the working class, changes in life, life??s failures, and the loss of loved ones. This album is good and blackout is a good song.. but it's not as I quote from the review "one of their hardest songs to date" is the most retarded things I've ever heard. Their earliest albums were chocked full of ass ripping hard motherfucking songs that I feel over shadow blackout. My point in writing this is that reviewers should A) know what their talking about B)be somewhat critical C) never make a comment so strong as to say a song like blackout is one of their hardest songs ever. kiss me I'm pissedoff.

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

at first i didn't like this album. nut it took me a couple of listens and songs like "worker's song", "gonna be a blackout", and "buried alive." I wouldn't say i'm disappointed cuz I wasn't expecting much. but in it's own merits it is good.

(btw, the cover art really isn't good)

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

THis album is great. It's gonna propell them. OH and, Walk Away is about a deadbeat dad. Listen to the lyric a little closer. This song is growing on me huge. I didn't like it much the first time i heard it, now soon to be a fav after another six pack. LET"S GO MURPHYS!!!

thefirstfive (June 11, 2003)

so i'm wondering, does anyone know if walk away is about spicy?

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

Dont get your panties in a twist-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

I dont agree, but even it that was the intent, SO WHAT? They have familes, and they work hard, why not get the credit they deserve, its an awesome album! I used to hate when bands got a little mainstream attention, but then I grew up, I suggest you do the same.

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

Because, by dkm standards its an obvious stab at the mainstream, i like the video though-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

I can't believe how you people think this is a drastic turn from their prior albums. I think you fools that are bitching and whining and complaining should get a clue, I have no complaints about this album at all, from the songs to the album cover. It all kicks ass! As for the moron that blasted Ken's voacls, piss off! Ken sounds fuckin' amazing, one of my favorite punk singers. Al has tried a little too hard to be a singer in the past, but it seems he has gotten away from that. AND WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH "Walk AWAY" ??? God some of you people are stupid, get a life guys!

Edgie (June 11, 2003)

Odd. I like The Dirty Glass quite a bit, not sure why. It just.. clicks, for me, anyhow.

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

First the disclaimer: Big fan.

Now that that's out of the way, I admit that although I really like the album there does seem something slightly missing from Sing Loud, Sing Proud's 20-odd song run from one song to the other. I, also, have gone to the St. Patrick's Day shows two years running with the other 25,000 (two of the best live shows I've ever seen) and Sing Loud had much more of that energetic pace. Blackout seems like a bunch of songs randomly put in order for an album.
I don't agree with people pissing on "Walk Away" just because they happened to hear it on the radio. "Fields of Athenry" is great(by the way, where was that previously released? Almost every supposedly previously unreleased song on the Atticus comp will be on some full-length within the year). "Black Velvet Band," "As One" and "Parade of Bastards" are others among the big winners. I do agree about "Dirty Glass", though. The new girl (Stephanie something) tries too hard to sing instead of just sounding pissed off and annoying like the song calls for (see Kristi McColl on the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York"). Kay Hanley (the old Letters to Cleo girl) did a much better job being the bitch.

cdogg (June 11, 2003)

Good album. It could've used a few more hardcore tracks like "Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight," and Al should have been able to let loose on a few more tracks, but a solid effort overall.

sickboi (June 11, 2003)

This year is taking a weird turn in music. This is a solid album, but not by Dropkick standards. When I first heard "Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight" I was stoked. It made me think that this album would be a return to the slashing Dropkicks of past, yet almost no other song on the album has that kick.

This is not to say that this isn't agood album, but I think it was a little redundant to put 2 previously rleased songs on the album ("The Dirty Glass, "Fields of Athenry"). Good album, but the first single released (at least I considered it) is extremely misleading, given the album's more mellow and harmonic mood.

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

I love the Murphys but this album was weak and disappointing. Definitely past their prime...

Horrible album title (especially considering the previous 3 were all amazing), horrible artwork, horrible attempt at mainstream success with "Walk Away", horrible redo of "The Dirty Glass", and horrible rearrangements of 2 traditional songs.

DKM, I love ya I really do, but you dropped the ball on this one. And you know why?

Cause of fucking Ken Casey, that dirty little rat bastard. Okay, listen Ken..you have a fucking singer. A singer. Let him do that just for ONE whole song. Please. Cause your voice sucks.

-Taint Punk

KirbyPuckett (June 11, 2003)

Why in god's name did they redo "The Dirty Glass?" That is my favorite Dropkick Murphy's song now they go and re-record it and ruin it.

I'm pretty sure it's a different girl taking the vocals, but she just doesn't have the passion and what have you that the original singer tossed into it...GRR!

- Scott

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

yeah, the cover is so ugly , i couldn't believe it took so long for anyone to mention that! hahah, what were they thinking!

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

This is a quality CD. And getting a free concert ticket out of the deal makes it all the sweeter. Boo-Yah, Grandma for the Bay Area.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

If you've fucked this reviewer, then you know it's going to be good...

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Hey, is the DVD any good?

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

"With all these people who claim to have seen them on Patty's Day, you'd think the club held 25,000 people."

hate to be a spiteful jerk, but i can't stand people making stupid assumptions. if you don't know what you're talking about, STOP THE GODDAMN TALKING! dkm played st. paddys day shows for quite a few years, with multiple shows each year. this year had 4 shows, the year before 3 and so forth. so yeah. shut up

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

"Who else thinks the cover art sucks ass ?"

The Cover Art is fuckin' cool! Stop whining.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

dude this review is a scam. did jayson blair write it. anway, address this immediatly scott or adam or aubin.

squeeves11 (June 10, 2003)

o yeah one more thing to whoever wrote that shitty review the murphys have always had well developed song writing and their are only a few drinking songs on every album, so why don't u write about a band u know something about and not rip from a shitty review to begin with and make it worse

squeeves11 (June 10, 2003)

i hate to say but i was really dissapointed by blackout. this album lacks the raw energy that has been so rampant in their past albums. their are a few good songs, but really the murphys are known for highly energetic loud punk songs. I'm not saying this is bad in fact compared to a lot of the shit being released today its actually quite good. the message in the songs and lyrics are just the same as before, only perhaps a more understandable because their aren't loud guitar lines in the background, really the only difference is that this is not an edgey album like the precious ones, if i dare say it almost sounds as if the murphys have lost their edge.

TahoeJeff (June 10, 2003)

oh yeah..this is a great fucking album..if you dont get it you are missing out

TahoeJeff (June 10, 2003)

Boston- Yeah this guy totally ripped off that review!!!! I think he took the guiness soaked part from another review I've read!! Moldy...When you can actually write your own review of the album come back and post..but shit, I hate reading a stolen review..not even a very good one at that!!

THAT_GUY (June 10, 2003)

Who else thinks the cover art sucks ass ? I for one do,it'd be cool for some other band,but for the DKM ? NO,it just doesn't work. Eh,what're you gonna do ? The cover art has nothing to do with the music,which is downright spectacular,I love this band,and by tomorrow I'll own an actual version,instead of my burned copy I have had for about 2 weeks.

lieutenant (June 10, 2003)

Those of you also feel that you're missing out with Al, I completely agree. Ken at many times may be the heart and soul of the band, but I really, really, really love Al's vocals, and I would not mind at all having his voice dominate the lead vocals.

dropkick (June 10, 2003)

Best album this year ,a great fuckin album ,all the tracks are awesome, joey does an excellent on pipes and matt is the best punk drummer around ,

dropkick and proud

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

I don't mind Al Barr on some songs, but I LOVE when Ken Casey sings! This album does however, display a fine mix of them two young lads! I love this album!

funkisdead (June 10, 2003)

i think al barr is great... i think that do or die was killer, but the newer material shows a more refined side of the dropkicks that has grown as i have grown.
plus, these guys are like a family. i have nothing but respect for them. this album rocks.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

"From the start you can hear that it's a more collective effort from Ken Casey and Al Barr sharing vocals more, while the whole band chimes in more as well." -punkbands.com review"The songs sound much more like a collective effort with Al and Ken sharing vocals and the rest of the band joining in on the choruses" -Moldy's reviewHmmmmm, I knew something seemed fishy there. I give the rip off a standing ovation... another triumph for moldy.Other than that though... its a good review. I wonder where he got the rest of it from.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

"With all these people who claim to have seen them on Patty's Day, you'd think the club held 25,000 people."

Again with the complaining? Actually I flew up from Pittsburgh to see 2 shows, only one of which I was sober enough to recall. I am glad to see that you are so popular or outgoing that you polled 25,000 people and found that all of them attended the St. Patty's Day shows. Either you have no life, or no friends. Wise up man, calm down and enjoy the music.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

I got my copy this last friday and have been listening to it ever since. Good stuff

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Do or die! 4-ever

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

i like this album, but i wish that al would sing more...i mean, theres some songs that ken does all the singing, whats al supposed to do during those songs?? i like when they trade off, but it seems to me that sometimes they could have gotten away without replacing mike, cause ken sings an awful lot. also, it doesnt surprise me that they included the dirty glass, even though it was already released....sing loud sing proud had finn mcool, and caps and bottles. good album, but "gangs all here" will always be my favorite.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

This is one of the very few bands I can say has gotten better with time. They really never changed styles but somehow improved on the formula they had. Instrumentation and writing are definetely progressing. If you weren't a fan before this album isn't going to win you over, but if you've always like DKM then this one you'll love.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

I want it soooo bad. Too bad im at work until 2:30. I downloaded most of the songs on this cd because, basically, I couldnt wait, and this review doesnt do the album any justice. The Murphys are by far my favorite band and with this album confirmed their position there for a long long time.-BostonMusicGuy(I hope Im on the DVD)

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

With all these people who claim to have seen them on Patty's Day, you'd think the club held 25,000 people. It's getting as bad as all the people who say they were at the last Hot Water Music show at the Hardback.

MrOhio (June 10, 2003)

The Murphys at their best. That's all I can say.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

All you dumbasses need to chill out and enjoy an album for what it is, entertainment. I have been listening to this album steady for about a month and a half. It hasnt left my CD player but a couple times. I went to Boston to see them for St. Patty's day, and the show I went to was one of the best shows I have EVER been to, and I have been to a ton over the past 10 years. I can't stand when I read these boards and see a bunch of arguments, shut up and crank up the music!

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

"I thought it was odd that they included The Dirty Glass which appeared on the Face to Face split........I never bought the split but I really liked the song so I was happy. "

I think you answered your own question.

Great, great record with a lot of progression and song writing improvement while still remaining true to their unique sound. Matt Kelly's drumming is excellent.

Fuzzy (June 10, 2003)

From what I've heard, it looks like they are moving towards a more "old school boston rock-n-roll" sound, ala Dirty Water, Sinners n Saints, etc. I am all for this, but Walk Away was too polished for my tastes. Hopefully the rest of the CD is better.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

i have to agree, Walk Away is just a terrible, terrible pop tune, not DKM at all... i do like the version of Fields Of Athenry though... Blackout Tonight might seem heavy, but it just seems.. not DKM, too well-done and well-produced.. evolution ruined this band's greatest talent, it's grittiness... al barr... yeah, that man is only good for ruining good things... sigh....

- el vaquero

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Hopefully the rest of the cd is better than the first single,seems abit weak by dkm standards-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Great fucking album.

Edgie (June 10, 2003)

I really don't give a fuck where it was linked from. All I'm pointing out is that it did a fucking front page cover story of a guy who had a god damn 13.5 inch penis. Front fucking page.

Why you've decided to be such a hostile fuckface is beyond me, but have fun rebelling and being 'punk'.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

The article is linked to on the Dropkick Murphys' website. That's where I found it. Still questioning its credibility? Really? In that case, fellate me. Why? It'll get you to shut up for ten minutes so no one will have to listen to your ignorance.

Edgie (June 10, 2003)

Rolling Stone is the same magazine that did a front page story about a guys 13.5 inch wang.

Not a good source.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

almost as lame as commenting on something with no substance other than a negative message directed at one person (without providing any identification) on a site viewed by thousands of people? That's useful to... wow... no one. Get outta here.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

lame 40minuteswest, lame.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

I know they write all their music, I just meant the lyrics. The reviewer put down that the songwriting was more mature... If they didn't write the lyrics themselves (in some instances at least) then A) that should have been mentioned, and B) the maturity of the band has nothing to do with the lyrical content. And in cases where the band wrote their own lyrics, it's not mature at all. Evidenced by the last song on the album, which I'm gonna love to listen to next time I'm drunk, Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced. If for you, that's mature, you need a wakeup call of some sort, or better yet, some Bayer for that bitch of a headache you have from the hangover you earned yourself last night. I found what I read by the way, it was this rolling stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/newsarticle.asp?nid=18032

FortyMinutesWest (June 10, 2003)

Rumor has it that these guys are Irish.

adam (June 10, 2003)

Joe, you need a bit more sleep. One track here is penned by Guthrie and I wouldnt doubt there being a few traditional numbers (as with all Murphys albums), but they definately write their own music.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

The Dropkick Murphys dont write all their songs. They get a lot of them from some old deceased folk songwriter... at least so I thought? I just remember reading this somewhere. In any case, if I'm right, you definitely need to do a little more research before you post a review up to the public man... If I'm wrong, I apologize, it's 1:20 am, and I'm exhausted.

make love, dont whore

tenderbransonx (June 10, 2003)

always seen these guys as a "yeah there o.k. band" but I like the tracks I've heard off this.
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travis (June 10, 2003)

this cd disappointed me. maybe i should dust it off and give it another listen

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