The Meanest Of Times - Dropkick Murphys
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the Celtic punk band finds them on a new label.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. These Boston Punk-folksters owe a large musical debt to Irish punk-folksters the pogues. But if that's not a problem for Pogues singer Spider Stacy, then it's fine by us, given the gloriously raucous, hook-heavy nature of '(F)lannigan's Ball.' [21 Sep 2007, p.81]
  2. The Dropkick Murphys don't fuck with a good thing on The Meanest Of Times. [Oct 2007, p.156]
  3. Meanest is everything you want in a Murphys record and a great inauguration for the band's newly minted indie label, Born & Bred Records.
  4. 80
    The Meanest Of Times moves beyond connecting the dots between working-class punk and ancient Celtic ditties, with surprisingly thoughful songs that explore lives shaped by drunken violence and Catholicism. [Oct 2007, p.100]
  5. They're also songwriters--and good ones, too, preserving their party-boy reputation while turning out giant, soulful choruses on songs both manicured and memorable.
  6. The band sounds re-energized here, and while the quality of the songs is very up and down, they at least all have their muscle back.
  7. Ultimately, The Meanest of Times stumbles when the folksy frayed stitching is torn away, exposing nothing but atrophied punk muscle.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 1, 2012
    6
    I really approve their style, but the album is too unvaried. Some songs like 'The State Of Massachusetts", "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya", "God Willing" or "Vices And Virtues" really kick ass, but most of the rest is not that special. But still, the genre they built up is very cool and I would definitely check their hit songs out, also if you don't miss much if you don't listen to the whole album. Expand

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