Dropkick Murphy's Album "Signed and Sealed in Blood" Review by Revel 9
There are few bands out there that make you feel the absolute need to raise your favorite pint glass and start singing, but Dropkick Murphy’s are one of the best. And their latest effort, Signed and Sealed in Blood, is everything you've come to expect from this band, complete with the “you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here” closer! Cheers to all and truly a nod to just how damn catchy drinking songs can be.
The album opens with the big robust anthem style song “The Boys Are Back” this song hits you immediately with their trademark chanting, yelling, and sing-a-long style chorus. It’s an easy to follow, feel-good tune. It sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the record.
My personal favorite on the Signed and Sealed in Blood album is “The Season's Upon Us” offering practically a play-by-play of everyone's (more or less) dysfunctional family breakdown at Christmas. At first listen, I actually laughed out loud because I just knew what was coming in the next line a few times. It’s a great song and a timeless tale, and my recommendation if you've only got one listen to give.
The track, My Hero, actually gives you a hint of some classic Social Distortion which was nice when it popped up in the middle of the record. So you'll definitely dig it, assuming you're a fan of some classic punk!
Signed and Sealed in Blood finishes with “End of the Night” which could have easily been the prom song from Grease if it wasn't obviously about not wanting to leave the bar at closing time. It's a perfect ending to this collection of songs that you just know will be blaring from Boston jukeboxes everywhere; probably in bars, maybe with beer, and right up until the bartender pulls the plug!