Dropkick Murphys
Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
March 21st, 2010 | 13 replies | 6,967 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Low lie the fields of Athenry, where once we watched the small free birds fly...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

For the longest time, the middle of March has easily been one of my favorite times of year. With summer lurking around the corner, the weather begins to get somewhat bearable; and regardless of what seems to be going on in my life, the weather just seems to make me feel good. The greatest thing about the middle of March is not the weather, but St. Patrick’s Day. On the eve of the holiday just this past week, I settled into my leather chair with a glass of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and the newly released live Dropkick Murphys record. In preparation for the holiday’s festivities, there could not have been a more perfectly fitting record for the time. Throughout the past decade, it had been tranquil for Dropkick Murphys fans to find comfort in a new release every other year. The Murphys had begun the trend in 1999 with their second full-length release “The Gang’s All Here” and have held true to this until the present day. It has now been three years since the band has released new material, with “Live on Lansdowne” serving as some sort of consolation for the delay.

The Dropkick Murphys’ celtic-punk tandem has accumulated a tremendous cult following in the past twelve years, not just in the City of Boston, but all over the world. Their hard hitting and rather unconventional punk has been attributed to momentous energy and zeal; and these characteristics are only taken to the extreme in their live performances. These Irish-blooded Bostonians have made it a tradition to play in their beloved home city for the past 10 years on St. Patrick’s Day. The Murphys have consistently given their raucous fans exactly what they have wanted with their electrifying stage presence. “Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA,” is a crystal-clear production of the 2009 show, recorded for the sole purpose of releasing it in time for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day.

More often than not, live albums are an accurate representation of what the band brings to the table in their performances, and may give even the smallest feeling that you are in attendance. Boston’s boisterous crowd is apparent immediately, with their opening chants of “Let’s go Murphys;” both shaking with anticipation and exploding with enthusiasm. The Murphys are quick to counter, playing three of the blistering tracks from their latest, “The Meanest of Times.” The searing intensity of the opening songs in the set, is nothing that is not expected from the band; rolling through fan favorites such as the Boston Bruins tribute Time to Go and the blissful Sunshine Highway. There does not appear to be a great deal of deviation from the original studio versions of the tracks, with a bit more aggression thrown into the mix. This bodes well for the majority of the set, especially Bastards on Parade, which utilizes an even more intense and powerful bridge than the original version. Both the crowd and the band appear to have had a blast, with hand claps throughout and sing-alongs during The Dirty Glass and Forever being further indication of this. Not unlike on “Blackout,” The Dirty Glass once again features Stephanie Dougherty from the Deadly Sins. The track is easily a highlight of the set, and Dougherty contributes even more to the tremendous chemistry of vocalists Al Barr and Ken Casey. The Murphys seem to have surprise after surprise for the crowd, even signifying the presence of Massachusetts boxer Micky Ward, who was the inspiration for The Warrior’s Code.

If the record seems to suffer in any particular area it is the lack of older material in the setlist. Only two of the songs are featured on the band’s first three releases, and the set is loaded with tracks from “The Meanest of Times.” The Murphys don’t cease to deliver on the final moments of the night, playing fan favorites Kiss Me I’m ***faced and I’m Shipping Up to Boston to conclude their 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day show. Even with no new record to be released or even recorded at the time being, the Murphys are able to offer a bit of consolation for their anxious fans with “Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA.” The record not only captures the incredible energy of the Dropkick Muphys’ live performances, but is also an exuberant listen on the whole. Along with “Live on St. Patrick’s Day from Boston,” this album is just another gem that will add to the band’s already illustrious discography.

Recommended Tracks:
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
Time to Go
Flannigan’s Ball
Bastards on Parade
Caught in a Jar
Fields of Athenry
The Dirty Glass
Forever
Kiss Me, I’m ***faced



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EVedder27
March 21st 2010



6088 Comments


Consider this my late St. Patty's Day gift. Don't really know what happened with the format here though.

Edit: Guess it's fixed now

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2010



7314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent review as always. album is awesome as expected, but no shipping up to boston in the recommended tracks? :-(

Romulus
March 21st 2010



8411 Comments


I had to search for a while to find the review, but it was worth it. Pos'd and these guys seem like they'd be pretty awesome live. Although one of my teachers once offered my girlfriend tickets to go with him and that was just fucking creepy.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2010



7314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im seeing them next month, cant wait

EVedder27
March 21st 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks guys. Obviously I'm jealous AliW and Ryan that is really creepy.

Blindsided
March 21st 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet jesus I just picked this up at Hot Topic today.

Nagrarok
March 22nd 2010



8169 Comments


Nice as per usual Mike. I have no intention of checking this out very soon though.

BigHans
March 22nd 2010



26455 Comments


Josie Josie Darling Dear you left me dyin cryin here and whiskey gin and pints of beer I fell for you my darlin Dear.

Might be one of my alltime pump up songs. Gotta hear this.

EVedder27
March 22nd 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks all. Hans the version of The Dirty Glass on here is awesome, especially with the crowd singing at parts. May be my favorite on this.

LeotardMessiah2
March 22nd 2010



311 Comments


I broke my arm at a Murphys gig

EVedder27
March 22nd 2010



6088 Comments


That is pretty legendary. I would totally brag about it.

LeotardMessiah2
March 22nd 2010



311 Comments


It sounds kind of cool in isolation but it was a suitably shitty ending to a very bad day.



AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2010



7314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw them last night, fucking amazing, by far the best I've seen them, great setlist.



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