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Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly: SwaggerSwagger (2000)
Side One Dummy Records

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When people think of Irish punk, bands like The Pogues and the more recent Dropkick Murphy's come to mind. Flogging Molly have the potential to change all that. "Swagger" is perhaps one of the most solid albums I have purchased in a long time, and its going to be a long time before this CD leaves my.
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When people think of Irish punk, bands like The Pogues and the more recent Dropkick Murphy's come to mind. Flogging Molly have the potential to change all that. "Swagger" is perhaps one of the most solid albums I have purchased in a long time, and its going to be a long time before this CD leaves my player. Ever song is a keeper, without a clunker in the bunch. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Dave King, Nathan Maxwell on bass, Dennis Casey on guitar, George Shwindt on drums, Bridget Regan on tin whistle and fiddle, Rob Schmidt on mandolin and banjo, and pro skater Matt Hensley on accordian. The album starts off with the quintessential Flogging Molly song, "Salty Dog". The song meshes traditional Irish stylings with the agressiveness of punk. Most of the other songs on the album stick to this formula, but there is some deviation. Some songs, such as "The Worst Day since Yesterday" are much more low key, and lean more towards Irish folk music then punk rock. Producer Stever Albini helps Flogging Molly to forge a true rock-folk hybrid on "Swagger" and honestly, the results are mixed. Like I said, there isn't a bad song on the album. The problem is that some of the rock parts feel forced, almost like they were slapped on rather than mixed in. This certainly doesn't make this a bad album by any means, its just something that could be worked on for the next album. Either way, this is a strong effort from one of the most original bands on the scene today. Go buy this. Tracks to check out: "Salty Dog", "Selfish Man", "The Likes of You Again", "Devils Dance Floor", and "Far Away Boys".

 

 
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miff (December 5, 2005)

my friend decribed them as pirate music

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

What a great CD! As good as it is Flogging Molly's live show is still somehow even better.

Anonymous (February 13, 2005)

AMAZING! It's the only good thing my ex-boyfriend introduced me to. I can't stop listening to the CD. GREAT MUSIC!

Analog_Boy (August 12, 2003)

Who gives a shit what Dave King was into. Flogging Molly is the shit. So is Matt Hensley. Hes the shit. So is Black Label.

Anonymous (June 26, 2002)

Matt Hensley rocks at skating, this stupid band is taking up to much of his time, haha nah, this band is cool

popetastoc (March 18, 2002)

This cd is so good. Start to finish, awesome album. Flogging Molly rocks.

SundayDrive (December 19, 2001)

I don't know about the person below me, but these guys and gal rock my socks. I can't wait for Drunken Lullabys this March.

Anonymous (December 17, 2001)

Dave King is a complete fag! he used to be into 80's hair metal!WTF?

Anonymous (May 21, 2001)

probably the best show i've ever seen

Anonymous (May 10, 2001)

"Swagger" is a good record but I don't think it really captures this band's true spirit. They put on a live show that is exciting, entertaining and at times even poignant. Great musicianship from each of the band members, except when they're really drunk, and Dave King's songwriting is also top-notch. My opinion is that they should record with someone other than the likes of Albini...

Side note: Dave King is enough of a masochist that he actually seems to enjoy it when people make fun of his 80s hair-metal past.

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