Album Review: Dropkick Murphys, ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’

(Born & Bred Records)
Available starting today
Rating: ★★☆☆

While there’s some standout tracks here, too many of the songs presented by the Boston punk band, which incorporates some traditional Irish elements, are just the same old stuff.

“The Boys Are Back” and “Prisoner’s Song” are rambling punk tunes that have little appeal other than being loud and occasionally featuring the mandolin.

“The Battle Rages On” is the standout, with a driving riff and a singalong, anthem-style chorus. With the repeated line of “We’ll live to fight another day/That’s what my old man would say,” “My Hero” is in the same vein.

Dropkick Murphys are even better when they slow things down. “Jimmy Collins’ Wake,” a look at the scene — sadness and all — at an Irish wake is both the best song and the least punk.

“The Season’s Upon Us” is a funny take on the traditional Christmas tune, but it’s a little too late, considering Christmas was two weeks ago.

The rest hit on the same old notes as old songs, but nothing on this album is ever as clever, fun or intriguing as “Tessie,” “The Warrior’s Code” or “The State of Massachusetts.”

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Stream the full album after the jump and let me know what you think in the comments.



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