Flogging Molly
Within a Mile of Home


3.5
great

Review

by Pete USER (22 Reviews)
February 27th, 2006 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Aaah..! Let the bartender pour you a stout, and sit down at the bar - or better yet, get up and dance! Because the world's first and foremost Californian Irish punks are back again! Flogging Molly are back with a new album for your listening pleasure - and it's a familiar journey of energetic drinking songs and Irish anthems the six lads and one lassie invites you along for. I believe vocalist Dave King said it best; "If it didnít have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk-rock, and if it didnít have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music" - the perfect recipe for party music.

The new album contains 15 tracks of traditional (a word perhaps redundant in this context) Flogging Molly music - the album even starts out with a single snare hit leading into full blast of distorted guitars, driving rhythm and a fiddle melody. Just the way we've learned to love it over the course of the last two albums (not counting their live release, "Alive Behind the Green Door"). The instant recognition doesn't at all seem tired - on the contrary, it puts a smile on my lips. Just sitting down and listening, I can't stop my foot tapping along to the beat and my belly screaming for dark beer.

Molly has slowed down a bit on this latest release, and has brought more focus to the folk side of their fusion. While the rocking songs are just as invigorating as on the previous albums, the amount of slow songs has increased - not for the worse, as this only adds in texture what it may decrease in dancing. And, let's face it, there's only so much you can do with Irish folk transformed into punk rock. Which leads me to...

...the inevitable short-coming of this album. Having a catalogue of over 25 songs already, you're bound to have trouble keeping your songs original. Especially if you write Irish folk music, with it's particular scales, instrumentation and sound. Adding the elements of punk to it has given Flogging Molly their edge, but it only lasts so long. This album does at times sound just like "Swagger" and "Drunken Lullabies" - both excellent albums, but if you didn't like those, I doubt you'll be convinced by this. All of this is a very subjective matter - if you like Flogging Molly's style, this album will tickle your fancy. But it's not very progressive.

I choose not to let that affect me though, as it is Flogging Molly we're listening to! Opening track "Screaming at the Wailing Wall" (a social commentary on Bush's war-mongering, in true working class spirit) is as danceable as it is familiar; march-paced duet with singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams, "Factory Girls", smells of both country and Irish folk; dramatic up-tempo "Queen Anne's Revenge" hooks you with minor key phrases (and has the bassist singing lead); short a capella song "The Wrong Company". All in all, over the course of more than 50 minutes, Flogging Molly serves up a good platter of their (within their style) different flavors - heartfelt, drunk, agitated, nostalgic, homesick, romantic.

If you've heard Flogging Molly (or better yet, seen them live - an experience of magnitude), you basically know what to expect when you pop "Within a Mile From Home" into your sound system - just a little less with the distortion, and more folk. But there's no denying that the band does their material justice, and you'll never be bored with Flogging Molly as your company! This album, for me, certainly hits closer than a mile from home.



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Rudd13
February 27th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can say I love this album, but unfortunately, you gave very limited information about the actual music and for some reason stuck to band history. This album is peculiar, as it must contain some of my top songs by the band, but some of it is also very slow-paced and at times boring. You gave it an effort, but I think the album deserves a bit more.



NEDM
February 27th 2006


1113 Comments


You talked about the band, then gave one-sentence overviews of a few songs. This just doesn't cut it dude.
But I agree about the live statement, it is something to witness before death,

Pete
February 28th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uh, paragraph 2, 3 and 4 are all about how the album sounds, and the 5th paragraph is about some of the songs. The closing paragraph is also about the album. Perhaps I could've explained more for those who've never heard FM before, but I mean - how could you misinterpret Dave King's own statement (quoted in my first paragraph)?



If you're asking me to do song-by-song reviews, you're stupid and I won't do it because they suck and bring down the quality of the site. If you're asking me to be more specific when describing the music, I'll try to in the future.



Not trying to be a dick, but song-by-song reviews is the single lamest thing you can write, and I read it that's what you're expecting. Seriously, read any respected music zine (I mean actual print magazines, not e-zines) and they don't do it. It's just lazy and sloppy.

NEDM
February 28th 2006


1113 Comments


Looks like you're the one with the false interpretation. I'm basically trying to say to discuss the album more in terms of the musical quality. I agree that track-by-tracks suck in general and are lazy. There just wasn't enough detail in this review. By the way, I've heard FM, I was at their show last weekend.

Storm In A Teacup
February 28th 2006


22388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad review at all, just give a little more, overall detail and you'll have a great review. :thumb:

My dad likes Flogging Molly, as do I. :cool:

Pete
March 1st 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I try to be as detailed as I feel appropriate - I guess that when I wrote this a few years ago, I assumed people would understand the sound of the album and be more interested in the opinon I formed around it. Anyway, critizism noted and appreciated, I will do my best to be more in-depth in the future.



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