July 26, 2013
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Celtic Punk
1. Drunken Lullabies (03:51)
2. What’s Left Of The Flag (03:39)
3. May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake) (03:50)
4. If I Ever Leave This World Alive (03:22)
5. The Kilburn High Road (03:43)
6. Rebels Of The Sacred Heart (05:12)
7. Swagger (02:05)
8. Cruel Mistress (02:58)
9. Death Valley Queen (04:18)
10. Another Bag Of Bricks (03:45)
11. The Rare Ould Times (04:06)
12. The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors) (04:25)
Total Length: 45:13
Drunken Lullabies is a really classic song for me. It was one of the first songs I learned all the lyrics to and I loved it since the first time I heard it. One of the songs that set me on this whole path, honestly. What’s Left Of The Flag has a great intro before the rest of the song kicks in, it’s really great. Very strong song. May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake) is simply great as well. A pretty fantastic trio of tracks to start the album.
If I Ever Leave This World Alive isn’t quite up to the same standard. It’s not a bad song by any means but it’s just not too interesting. The Kilburn High Road is kind of the same. For whatever reason, the song just doesn’t appeal to me, I wish I could articulate why. The ending few beats are neat though. Rebels Of The Sacred Heart kind of uses a similar intro as the second track, but I won’t really complain because it works so well. This song lives up to those first few.
Swagger has always been a strange song for me. It’s like it was left off the band’s previous album that had the same name, and it’s a mostly instrumental, shorter piece. It works well enough but I guess I don’t get it. Cruel Mistress has a pirate/sea theme, but that is kind of ruined in my opinion because there is a different singer on here, and he is frankly not as good. If he sang on more tracks or was the only singer I could get past it a bit more, but it’s annoying to have one track be lesser because of it.
Death Valley Queen has always seemed kind of slow to me and just kind of boring. Another Bag Of Bricks has a cool rhythm to it. I don’t love it but it gets points for that rhythm alone. The Rare Ould Times has a very nice intro, and when the speed picks up it is really good still. Great track. The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors) is a slower track to end things. I’m not too fond of it but it’s not bad it. Really this album is strongest at the front, but there’s not much outright bad on here. I just feel like a couple songs simply don’t work for me.
Final Rating: 7.5/10
July 22, 2012
Release Date: 2011
1. Speed Of Darkness (04:08)
2. Revolution (03:13)
3. The Heart Of The Sea (03:43)
4. Don’t Shut ‘Em Down (03:40)
5. The Power’s Out (04:39)
6. So Sail On (02:47)
7. Saints & Sinners (03:31)
8. This Present State Of Grace (02:48)
9. The Cradle Of Humankind (05:11)
10. Oliver Boy (All Of Our Boys) (04:07)
11. A Prayer For Me In Silence (01:54)
12. Rise Up (03:34)
Total Length: 43:15
Speed Of Darkness is a really cool song, but it does feel a bit unfocused at points. That may have more to do with the mix though. Revolution is kind of a generic angry song. Like, after this band has been around so long they have gotten the message of this song across in so many different ways that it’s entirely unnecessary. The Heart Of The Sea kind of gives off a pirate vibe, but isn’t all too great. I don’t hate it, but I wouldn’t pick it to listen to.
Don’t Shut ‘Em Down has a very cool verse, just really neat rhythmically. The chorus isn’t all that much though. The Power’s Out is kind of the same deal. I really like the drum driven verses, but the lyrics just do nothing for me. So Sail On is kind of nice but doesn’t really go anywhere. Saints & Sinners is a lot of fun, a good bright spot on the album.
This Present State Of Grace doesn’t really have a point on the album. It’s another softer song, but that void is filled much better by the very next song. That said, it’s not a bad listen. The Cradle Of Humankind may be a bit cheesy, but it’s probably the best song on the album. The strings really make it. Oliver Boy (All Of Our Boys) is a really neat track, more like their older material.
A Prayer For Me In Silence is a fantastic little track. The guest singer on here really does a great job. Rise Up then, in comparison, is a total disappointment. More cheesy lyrics with the same exact theme as like three other songs on here, and not all that great musically. However, despite these little nitpicks I don’t fully mind this album. It’s not a bad listen and doesn’t last too long.
Final Rating: 6.5/10
May 24, 2012
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Folk Punk
1. Screaming At The Wailing Wall (03:41)
2. The Seven Deadly Sins (02:50)
3. Factory Girls (03:51)
4. To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh) (03:17)
5. Whistles The Wind (04:33)
6. The Light Of A Fading Star (03:53)
7. Tobacco Island (05:18)
8. The Wrong Company (00:37)
9. Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon (03:33)
10. Queen Anne’s Revenge (03:06)
11. The Wanderlust (03:31)
12. Within A Mile Of Home (03:54)
13. The Spoken Wheel (02:13)
14. With A Wonder And A Wild Desire (03:40)
15. Don’t Let Me Die Still Wondering (04:18)
Total Length: 52:14
Screaming At The Wailing Wall is pretty much a perfect opening song, catchy and fun. The Seven Deadly Sins honestly should be better. I like all the disparate parts of it, but when it’s put together I can’t really get into it. I think it’s honestly a bit too fast. Factory Girls is pretty nice, and I enjoy the guest vocalist. To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh) really isn’t all that interesting to me. Whistles The Wind is similar, nothing about it grabs me.
The Light Of A Fading Star has a fun chorus, but the rest of the song isn’t great. Tobacco Island is probably the best song on the album. It’s inventive, evocative, and catchy. The Wrong Company is a brilliant little vocal only song. Just a perfect little interlude for the album. Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon is a great song, very poppy but it works especially because of the percussion. Queen Anne’s Revenge is alright, I’m not a big fan of the vocals on this song, and again it seems to be a bit too fast.
The Wanderlust is fairly neat, I like the instrumentation. Within A Mile Of Home is alright, it just doesn’t grab me too much. The Spoken Wheel is alright, but I only like it because it leads directly into the next track. With A Wonder And A Wild Desire builds up very nicely, and has a neat little ending. Don’t Let Me Die Still Wondering is very average sounding to me, there’s nothing that hooks me. This album is a bit better than the last time I listened to it, but I think Flogging Molly has a trend where the front halves of their albums are much stronger than their second halves.
Final Rating: 6.5/10