It is always sad when the biggest selling point of your album is a guest appearance from another artist, but that’s just what Celtic-punks Dropkick Murphys have ended up with on their 2011 release ‘Going Out In Style’. The 7th release from Quicy’s Irish-hardcore masters ultimately ends up not differing much from the previous six, but is that really such a bad thing? Lets take a look.
The big name appearance here is Bruce Springsteen on the band’s cover of 1913 track ‘Peg O’ My Heart’, which sits as the penultimate track of an album that is otherwise just more of the same. Bruce’s smooth tones actually sound a little out of place amongst the shouting that forms the majority of the vocals, but its fun to hear him here and is a nice change of pace. Other than a couple of reworkings of Irish classics, such as the previously mentioned ‘Peg O’ My Heart’ and the final track’s re-imagining of the classic ‘Irish Rover’, the album does not have much at all to separate it from their previous releases. In fact, their version of ‘Irish Rover’ ends up sounding a lot like fellow Celtic-punks Flogging Molly’s hit ‘Drunken Lullabies’, to a slightly distracting extent.
This is not to say that the album as a whole is not enjoyable, Dropkick Murphys can always be relied on for a good time, but they seem to be getting a little too comfortable as the biggest Celtic-punks around. If you like Dropkick Murphys, you’ll like the album, but don’t expect a revelation, even with the help of Springsteen.
(Yes, this review is shorter, its a slightly expanded version of a review I did that was originally limited to 150 words)