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by Jaymz Clements | January 6th, 2017 8:45:AM EST
Dropkick Murphys' blueprint remains effective as ever: write muscly punk-rock songs, add Celtic flourishes (mandolin, bagpipes etc), and make sure you can sing along while shitfaced. Here, in a welcomingly invigorated fashion, all their familiar tropes are hit: stomping shoutalongs ("I Had a Hat"), underdog championing ("Paying My Way"), a tin-whistle-accordion showdown ("First Class Loser") and anthemic fist-raisers ("Blood"). But their combination of riffs and heart – see their response to the desecration of their beloved home town, "4-15-13" – is why they remain one of punk's most reliably great bands.
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