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Flogging Molly: Drunken LullabiesDrunken Lullabies (2002)
Side One Dummy Records

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A summer on the so called "punk rock summer camp", the Warped tour seems to have had a considerable effect on Flogging Molly, as Drunken Lullabies sees them playing up their punk side and stowing away the ballads more than on their debut, Swagger. And for the better too - Drunken Lullabies is a stro.
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A summer on the so called "punk rock summer camp", the Warped tour seems to have had a considerable effect on Flogging Molly, as Drunken Lullabies sees them playing up their punk side and stowing away the ballads more than on their debut, Swagger. And for the better too - Drunken Lullabies is a stronger and more consistent album.

The band are tighter, a fact highlighted by the reappearance of Steve Albini at the console, who, as ever, lets them play on their strengths to produce twelve tracks of hi-octane celt-core. All instrumentation is clearly audible throughout - no mean feat considering the band features fiddle, tin whistle, accordion and mandolin alongside the traditional two guitars, bass and drums, and often at breakneck speeds. Singer Dave King (a Kilkenny man no less) seems to have hit his lyrical stride, at times damning and at others despondent.

A recent trip home weighs heavy in the albums lyrics, casting a mournful shadow - "The Kilburn High Road", a rousing anthem, ends with "Oh Mary, this london's a wonderful sight", a line from an old (and very sad) irish song about immigration, "Mountains Of Mourne". Elsewhere, on "The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)", King sings of his mother - "Death comes like a thief in the night… Well maybe it's then, she said, I'll see you again". But all the while an air of excitement permeates the performances, King audibly eggs on guitarist Dennis Casy, shouting "C'mon Dennis" at the beginning of Swagger, a song instrumental only for an occasional shout of "Don't know where I'm going". At the songs end King can be heard commenting "Bad fookin' arse". Bassist Nathen Maxwell turns his hand to singing on "Cruel Mistress", penning a tale of a sad life on the sea with the immortal line "Now every whale spouts 'Go to Hell!'". Elsewhere, on the aforementioned "The Son Never Shines", FM give Palace Brothers a run for their money, lyrically confirming that the pain of immigration hasn't left us.

Make no mistake, in all respects Flogging Molly have hit their stride and made an album the Pogues would be proud of, delivering an absolute classic that, even in march, is a safe bet for album of the year.

 

 
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CallingLondon (April 2, 2002)

ooooook there buddy, all he said was one song sounded the same, which is not true, however they do sound pretty similar. But yeah, even if they have a song or two that sounds similar to an obvious influential band's song, who cares? they're a truely good band.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I've bin following the pogues for the past 10 years I know then inside and out, and saying that the song another bag of bricks is a rip off is just insulting. it may sound similar, but what about all the new stuff that has been comming out? you can't sit there and tell that blink 182 and new found glory sound the same... or how about the ataris? or simple plan and jimmy eat world?? you bitch about one song while thier is a tonne of other rip-offs occuring. Flogging Molly is one of only a handfull of bands that can make every song sound different from the last! so instead of bitching about one song give some respect for the hard work and talent that these guys have shown! Matt hensley! I love you!
Nathen McViegh...

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

eh... DKM is better

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

the FM song "Bag of Bricks" sounds EXACTLY like the Pogues song "Turkish Song of the Damned." Homage is one thing, blatantly ripping off is another.

CallingLondon (April 1, 2002)

nice review, great CD (from what i've heard). can't wait to get it.

sickboi (April 1, 2002)

Your review is up, you can quit bitching now...

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