The Meanest Of Times

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  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.
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    The Dropkick Murphys don't fuck with a good thing on The Meanest Of Times. [Oct 2007, p.156]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    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]
  3. 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.