Face To Face/Dropkick Murphys - Split CD (Cover Artwork)

Face To Face / Dropkick Murphys

Face To Face/Dropkick Murphys: Split CDSplit CD (2002)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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In a true, "Clash of Titans" style, California's Face to Face play host to Boston natives, the Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully, both sides a have come to play with their A-game, as this should be a match-up to remember. First, the field conditions. To begin, fans unfortunately were forced to pay a .

In a true, "Clash of Titans" style, California's Face to Face play host to Boston natives, the Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully, both sides a have come to play with their A-game, as this should be a match-up to remember.

First, the field conditions. To begin, fans unfortunately were forced to pay a stiff $10-$12 from many vendors to witness such a short contest, just a mere 3 songs per competitor. But hopefully, some will rejoice in the quality of the packaging, which boasts an outer cover, depicting a classic football theme. Enough of the logistics, on to the game...

Face to Face starts it off with a new track, aptly titled "Fight or Flight". Trevor Keith sounds hauntingly familiar to game veteran Dave Smalley (of Down By Law, Dag Nasty fame) in this one. At times, it seems that Keith's "Ignorance is Bliss" voice is fighting to come out. But Keith keeps his poise and with fellow teammates manages to put 3 points on the board. Nothing bad, nothing great. On their next possession, F2F decides to steal from the opposition's playbook, covering the classic Murphy track, "Road of the Righteous". Although the team of Face to Face contrast extremely from their Bostonian opponents, they pull this off in a jaw-dropping fashion. Once again, Keith's powerful voice leads the team to an amazing performance, and right into the endzone, touchdown! Add 7 points for those of you scoring at home. Finally, F2F opts to close out with another cover, Stiff Little Finger's "Wasted Life". Unfortunately, Keith is unable to lead another drive the length of the field. Where his voice is often a deadly weapon, it appears to be his demise in this attempt. A good track, but it just seemed to be missing that spark. They add on 3 more points, giving the boys from Cali a total of 13.

As DKM handles on their first possession, magic fills the air. For this drive, they have brought in Kay Hanley, a fellow Boston product. Kay's voice along with back-up vocalist Ken Casey, compliment each other in perfect harmony. Team frontman Al Barr occasionally chimes in with his patented gruff voice. The song seems to carry along through several tempo changes, but that's not to say it gets off course. Without question, this will go down in the highlight reels. An easy touchdown for the Murphys, and with Hanley's contribution, the 2-point conversion is awarded, starting the Murphys off with an impressive 8 points. Next, the Murphys come with a cover, often performed on tour performances, the infamous anti-anthem, "Fortunate Son" by Credence Clearwater Revival. Unfortunately, the studio wasn't as kind. The Murphys as a unit, are incredible musicians, but Al Barr's strong voice seems to drown that out. His voice is almost all you hear. Which is a shame, as this song has some incredible riffs and beats. The shout-along choruses are enough to get Murphys on the board again with 3 points. To close out the game, the Dropkicks elected to go with The Press' "21 Guitar Salute". A bold move, but once again, the Murphys have pulled it off. Barr's more harmonic voice, combined Matt Kelly's incredible work behind the throne, and of course, the unstoppable Spicy McHaggis on the bagpipes, give the Murphys the extra game winning push. Touchdown!

So there we have it folks, the Dropkick Murphys pick up the win on the road with our final score, DKM 18, F2F 13. All in all, the outstanding overall production quality of this match-up should be noted as well.

This has been a review of the Dropkick Murphys versus Face to Face. Any reproduction without the written consent of Punknews.org and Sickboi is punishable by a swift kick to your ass.


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Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (March 14, 2002)

great review - bigjerk

Anonymous (March 6, 2002)

Its a good thing that last loser had time on his hands to write the same stupif comment on both DKM/F2F splits and again.... you are retarded and I will not go over why.

Anonymous (March 3, 2002)

dropkicks dont know if they wanna be scottish or irish, they suck. most americans cant tell the difference between scottish and irish, think scotland is a part of england and refer to England as if it is the only country in the United Kingdom.

Anonymous (March 1, 2002)

Great review sickboi,i think face to face won this game though-oldpunker-

Anonymous (February 28, 2002)

You wish Dropkick Murphys would get off Flogging Molly's ass?! The Dropkick Murphys have been around a fucking long time. Longer than Flogging Molly. If you listen to their older albums they did do a lot of punk stuff but look at far away coast, caught in a jar, wheel of misfortune, upstarts and broken hearts. All of those songs are very folky. They have been doing that kind of thing for years. Flogging Molly does it too, but I am not saying that they are on the ass of Dropkick Murphys because they put their own twist on it. As for the whole Pogues thing. They never put anything out that was punk at all... lets just let that be... it was a dumb comment and we can just let it be like that. 16 Days till the start of my Dropkick St Paddys Day weekend!!

seek (February 28, 2002)

Uh first of all the pogues didn't do an "irish/punk" thing. they just did an irish thing, and yea, they did it fucking g fantasticly. Anyhow, is only one band allowed to do one style? If so, then there would be 1 punk band, 1 rapper, 1 blues band, etc. Are you retarded? Flogging Molly is great. They are way better than the Dropkick Murphys.

Anonymous (February 28, 2002)

I personally wish that Flogging Molly would either

a) do something new. The pogues already did the whole irish punk thing. Much better.


b) Break up.

Actually, I mostly hope for b.

Anonymous (February 28, 2002)

football analogies suck.
so fucking weak

evildeadalive (February 28, 2002)

That was a pretty kick ass review. Havent heard the album yet, so I'm gonna give you a ten for the review too.

Anonymous (February 28, 2002)

well, i havent heard the whole thing, but the songs i have heard are pretty good. im a huge dropkick fan, but i kinda wish they would get off flogging molly's ass with their attempt at folk-sounding irish punk rock, and go back to their harder, yet irish feeling punk rock.
anyway, im not rating the cd...but the most entertaining review ever. a ten for the review!!
-crippled seth

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