Boston's Dropkick Murphys exude an energetic rowdiness, a definite slice of punk-o-rama appeal. Fans raise their fists in the spirit of Oi!, and the Dropkicks playfully snarl into Irish-American song traditions and musical unity. On Sing Loud, Sing Proud, it became more than a family affair. The band's new lineup featuring James Lynch (guitar), Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes), and Ryan Foltz (mandolin) allowed the album a broad-based instrumentation, a spastic composition scaling above 1999's The Gang's All Here. The fervor surrounding a hearty jig, a group of hearty men, and social woes in the midst of relaxing with a scally cap is something commonly found among the Dropkicks' fun-spirited chants. "The Torch" resonates Celtic folk vibes, acoustics blending inside Barr's and bassist Ken Casey's roughcast duet. "Good Rats" and the vinyl-only version "The Wild Rover" feature ex-Pogue Shane MacGowan on guest vocals. One of the '80s biggest headaches, MacGowan's presence adds a hint of old school rock ambience, but his contributions are lackluster. Barr's throaty growl overshadows MacGowan's monotone; the songs might have done decently without him. But again, it is Shane MacGowan, one of the original barroom heroes who helped lead Irish rock to near mainstream level. The Dropkick Murphys do remain at the heart of things, particularly on "Fortunes of War." Dedicated in memory of a punk rock fan who was killed in Texas, Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull joins Barr for a touching swan song, skatepunk style. Recognizing the working class' blood and tears while patronizing the use of societal scapegoats, "Fortunes of War" makes Sing Loud, Sing Proud a decent addition to the band's album roster, but thanks to a pint of ale, of course.
Performance CreditsDropkick Murphys Primary Artist
Matt Kelly Drums,Vocals,Bodhran
Johnny Cunningham Mandolin
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Rick Barton Guitar
Ken Casey Bass,Vocals
James Lynch Guitar,Vocals
Marc Orrell Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Spicy McHaggis Bagpipes
Ryan Foltz Dulcimer,Mandolin,tin whistle
Brendan Alterese Background Vocals
Marissa Alterese Background Vocals
Colin McFaull Vocals
Katie Terrio Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDarren Hill Management
Jim Siegel Engineer
Dropkick Murphys Arranger
Ken Casey Producer
John Cohan Guitar Techician
Paul Robicheau Cover Photo
Patrick O'Neill Paintings
Anthony Tran Lyric Art
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
A mix of Punk, Hardcore and Rock this is the best Dropkick Murphys CD yet. Also a great CD for younger fans of Punk. Released in Feb. 2001 this album is selling fast so buy it now!
Somehow me and this CD/Band has a connection maybe it's due to the fact I'm Irish and can really get into these songs or the fact some of the tunes have a good beat Some of the tunes on this CD I enjoy are as followed: Which Side Are You On - Reminds me of picking your side and sticking with it The Rocky Road To Dublin - My favorite track, I enjoy the Irish theme with the great song beat to it Fortunes Of War - Really enjoy this one, reminds me of the Old West Spicy McHaggis Jig - Funny tune here
Awesome punk albumn. Love the bagpipes. Spicey is great!
A casual fan of both Celtic rock and hardcore/punk I was hoping I would dig this record but it did nothing for me. While the energy is there the record just sounds cheesey to me.
The combination of punk rock with an Irish influence is awesome. If you want a CD to get you up and moving and to get your blood pumping, this is it!