Flogging Molly
Drunken Lullabies


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
October 6th, 2012 | 60 replies | 3,957 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The second chapter.

When the LA based punk/folk band Flogging Molly released their second effort Drunken Lullabies, the only question was how on earth they were going to top their nearly flawless debut. Swagger was overflowing with energy and managed to mix Celtic and folk influences with a raw punk sound. Many bands attempting to mix these genres produce mixed results, but Flogging Molly are proof it can be done. Thankfully the band’s second release is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor, if not a little more.

Their debut contained some real Irish punk gems such as ‘Devils Dance Floor', but kicking off this album is the most impressive song the band has ever assembled. ‘Drunken Lullabies’ is the definition a good time. As expected, the instruments are top notch, but the gang vocals and relentless energy both make the song irresistible. It’s not hard to see why it’s a fan favorite. Other songs showcase the bands ability to craft surprisingly poignant ballads. Vocalist Dave King’s voice has improved a great deal since their debut and ‘If I Ever Leave This World Alive’ is one of his best performances. It’s no surprise the song has been featured in movies and television shows. It’s an emotional little ballad that deserves to be ranked alongside the band’s best work.

Much like Swagger, this effort is overflowing with impressive instrumentation. All seven members bring something to the table and sound even more competent than before. Accompanying King’s heavy accent are more fiddles and accordions and probably too many instruments too fit in your closet. There also seems to be a bit more experimentation on this record as found in songs like ‘Another Bag of Bricks’ or ‘Swagger’. The first of the two is a mid tempo song that seems to have Egyptian influences. Unfortunately, neither songs are overly impressive which suggests they should stick to what they know best. Thankfully, those tracks are redeemed by ‘The Rare Ould Times’. It is an exceptional remake of the classic song by The Dubliners. It’s yet another song that shows off the improvement in King’s voice and the band’s love for all things Irish. It is also a homage to King’s hometown of Dublin which is where he lived before moving to Los Angeles and forming Flogging Molly.

Although Drunken Lullabies may not be quite as consistent as their debut, it has some of the best songs in their entire catalogue making it every bit as enjoyable. The album is a statement that the band’s last effort wasn’t a fluke and they really do understand how to craft amazing music using various influences . Due to the variety of instruments, and improvements all across the board, the album is just as important as their first release. Their next offering would find them at their most experimental state, but that’s a different story to be told another day.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


Here's a link to their best song ever. I highly recommend it to anyone even if they don't usually like this kind of thing it's really that good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7MS5hBQQQY



Crawl
October 6th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

another bag of bricks and if i ever leave... are my favorites

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


agreed with if i ever leave awesome song don't care for bag of bricks too much though.

MichaelSnoxall
October 6th 2012



12163 Comments


best album ever agreed

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


Decided to do their entire discog

Ire
October 6th 2012



41754 Comments


wagger is better agreed

MichaelSnoxall
October 6th 2012



12163 Comments


swagger best album ever agreed

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


lol they're both good. i reviewed swagger the other day.

Ire
October 6th 2012



41754 Comments


agreed

MichaelSnoxall
October 6th 2012



12163 Comments


i know best review ever agreed

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


lol thanks

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2012



4415 Comments


Good review, atari. Not my kind of music, but I may check out, out of curiosity.
POS'd.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


Thanks paperback. yeah if anything check out that link i posted in the first comment it's a really fun song. although you may hate it lol not sure.

Steoandnoodles
October 6th 2012



2832 Comments


Nice review. =)

I'd say they're fun live.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012



19674 Comments


Thanks man u mean u think I should say that in the review?

truekebabpower
October 6th 2012



639 Comments


VERY fun live, wouldn't say drunken lullabies is their best song though at all

porch
October 6th 2012



8453 Comments


most people who are actually irish know this band sucks

same goes for dropkick murphys, even more so

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2012



3442 Comments


ATARI 4 CONTRIB 2012/13

but seriously though good review, have a pos. I'd love to see that actually happen

Steoandnoodles
October 6th 2012



2832 Comments


"
most people who are actually irish know this band sucks

same goes for dropkick murphys, even more so"

I wouldn't say they suck but they do play off that Irish traditional flavour too much as their
biggest swings when this type of Irish folk music is embedded into us since we were 8 years old
onwards. Especially more so if you live out of the big cities of Ireland. It's still a very common
genre of music here.

Saying that, I get why people like it. It just wouldn't be for me. Dubliners, The Chieftains, The
Wolfe Tones. Hell, even The Pogues have been doing drunken Irish love trad. ballads and riot songs
for years and either the Dropkicks are re-establishing these old songs or writing that's not
distinct enough for it to be contemporary but it's not 'progressive', I think.

porch
October 6th 2012



8453 Comments


majority of bands in this vein suck because they just mimic the most cartoonish, cliched depictions of irish culture and music

appeals to people with scally caps and boondock saints tattoos



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