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Limited edition picture disc pressing of their fourth full-length, originally released in March 2008 (which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200). Features a design layout on the a-side and a picture of the band on the b-side. Look for them on their annual "Green 17" tour from February 15 through March 17, with more touring planned for next summer.
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So, in review: If you're looking for the novelty of their previous works, in terms of drinking songs and good time jams, this album may not be the one for you. But, if you're a fan on FM who wishes to see them take a step in a new direction, while still maintaining their signature sound, I HIGHLY recomend this album.
This album, LIKE MOST Incredible albums grows on you the second you stop it.
You find yourself wanting more. More of that wholesome beat, the fine instramentals, the passion and honesty in the song.
I find myself in a mental uproar when listening to a little "03.float" or "04.lightning storm" wanting to see the band live again, to experience the awesomeness that is dave king with a Guinness in a plastic cup singing with flogging molly playing their best.
'don't sink the boat...that you built to keep afloat'
"Float" is original, with excellent, thoughtful lyrics. The musicians are all very good, and very tight, and can do a whole lot more than play fast. Their speed is breathtaking on some of these tracks. The lead singer's voice is wonderful, and like Tom Waits, can be melodic yet gruff at the same time. The main thing that appeals to me in a singer is the honest expression of feeling, which is one of the reasons I like blues and jazz so much. Flogging Molly's lead singer expresses rage, loneliness, lust, nostalgia, and bravado, to name a few.
I think this will be my new favorite album for a while, and I will certainly try to catch this show in December. I am now listening to it for the 3rd time already. The slower numbers just add to the depth of the album, and show the range they are capable of. They will rev you up or break your heart - maybe both at the same time.
Also downloaded the Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God today. Somehow I missed hearing them the first time around. Never too late to become a fan.
This is one of the rare releases I own where I like every song on it. I can listen to it start to finish and each time I'll be amazed at what I'm hearing. The songs are great. The musicianship is great. The recording/ production are great. Everyone involved seemed to know what was going on. Be it fast and heavy or slow and light, everyone handles their part of the song with total understanding. For my money there isn't a weak moment on this entire CD.
I'm continually amazed at how they can put lighter acoustic instruments such as the tin flute, fiddle and acoustic guitar next to electric guitars, bass and butt-kicking drums and have such a homogeneous sound. And they do it with ease. As I mentioned, I like the songwriting a lot. And I like the way the songs were arranged in their order. One flows into the other so one particular sound is not repeated back to back. The proceedings are broken up nicely. I also like Dave King's vocals. That raspy voice of his can be picked out of a crowd. Though originality is no virtue in it's own right, his voice has the luxury of being unique and spot on in its relation to the rest of the music.
If this sort of thing is your poison then have at it. You won't be disappointed.