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The Gang's All Here [Dropkick Murphys]

  • 1. Roll Call
    2. Blood and Whiskey
    3. Pipebomb on Lansdowne
    4. Perfect Stranger
    5. 10 Years of Service
    6. Upstarts and Broken Hearts
    7. Devil's Brigade
    8. Curse of a Fallen Soul
    9. Howeward Bound
    10. Going Strong
    11. Fighting 69th, The
    12. Boston Asphalt
    13. Wheel of Misfortune
    14. Only Road, The
    15. Amazing Grace
    16. Gang's All Here, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80413

  • Credits

    Recording information: Ourtpost Studios, Stoughton, MA.
    Produced by Rancid's Lars Frederiksen, The Gang's All Here is a solid course in topical punk with tough Irish-American strains. The Dropkick Murphys, from Boston, take up the expected us-against-the-world pose, but back it up with lyrics a cut above the hormonal angst of their late-'90s contemporaries. They use a combination of topical observations and self-examination that gives their stance a bit more validity, especially in "Curse of a Fallen Soul." It's smart and generous punk, but still decidedly tough thanks to Al Barr's gruff vocals and the impressive power of drummer Matt Kelly. Musically they don't veer too much from the only three chords and the loud volume setting you really need for punk. Isolated moments, like the bagpipe/guitar cover of "Amazing Grace" or the faux military march, "The Fighting 69th," show they could be capable of versatility along the lines of the Clash or Rancid. ~ Paul Pearson

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/1/99, pp.96-97) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...picks up where last year's debut...left off: somewhere between the corner pub and the socialist meeting hall. The four band members pummel through their anthems like punked-out Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots..."
    Alternative Press (6/99, p.90) - 3 (out of 5) - "...the Dropkicks progress beyond the three-chords-and-a-snarl formula of so many current punk rockers to produce songs with heart..."
    CMJ (3/22/99, p.22) - "...bursting at the seams with communal, oi-inspired singalongs that invite you to chant with the Murphys while downing a hearty pint of stout."
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