The Meanest of Times

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Dropkick Murphys are a band closely tied to their roots in Boston, proud products of a working-class neighborhood where kids suffered through Catholic school, grew up to be regulars in the local bar, and watched their friends do the exact same thing. Life isn't always easy, and it's in these moments of hardship that many of the tracks on The Meanest of Times find their muse. The record is a dark, passionate, and rousing collection of songs that fit in nicely with the Murphys' unfailing back catalog of gritty beer-soaked punk rock anthems. But even in its consistency with everything else the Beantown crew has ever released, The Meanest of Times stands tall as the band's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Dropkick Murphys are a band closely tied to their roots in Boston, proud products of a working-class neighborhood where kids suffered through Catholic school, grew up to be regulars in the local bar, and watched their friends do the exact same thing. Life isn't always easy, and it's in these moments of hardship that many of the tracks on The Meanest of Times find their muse. The record is a dark, passionate, and rousing collection of songs that fit in nicely with the Murphys' unfailing back catalog of gritty beer-soaked punk rock anthems. But even in its consistency with everything else the Beantown crew has ever released, The Meanest of Times stands tall as the band's tightest and most developed set of songs yet. With such ease, the Murphys combine eyes-wide observation, rough defiance, and emotion rubbed raw into heartfelt songs like the explosive opening duo of "Famous for Nothing" and "God Willing," where elegiac bagpipes coexist with searing guitars and delicate mandolins supplement aggressive drum rolls. Traditional songs also get model Murphy makeovers; "Spancil Hill" gets Boston-ized into the mournful "Fairmount Hill," while "Lannigan's Ball" takes a nice shot of punk rock adrenaline to turn it into the clamorous romp of "Flannigan's Ball," complete with guest vocals from the Pogues' Spider Stacy and the Dubliners' Ronnie Drew. Elsewhere -- in varying degrees of unrestrained energy and sore-throat shout-singing -- the crew relates tales of families broken and friends lost, the sad realities only proving further that above all else, it's being true to yourself and the ones you love that is most important. But it's not all just heartfelt sappiness; this is the Dropkick Murphys, so be assured the emotion is still packed into about 45 minutes of beer-sloshing riotous punk rock glory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Dropkick Murphys
  • UPC: 075597997057
  • Catalog Number: 286012
  • Sales rank: 41,418

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dropkick Murphys Primary Artist
Matt Kelly Drums, Background Vocals
Chris Baum Violin
Spider Stacy Vocals, Guest Appearance
Charles Webb Sounds
Tex Williams & the Western Caravan Sounds
Rick Barton Guitar
Ken Casey Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Drew Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mark Carey Background Vocals
Al Barr Vocals
Andrew Webb Sounds
James Lynch Guitar, Background Vocals
Marc Orrell Banjo, Guitar, Accordion, Background Vocals
Scruffy Wallace Bagpipes
Tim Weed Violin
Tim Brennan Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Accordion, Background Vocals, tin whistle
Eric Baird Sampling
Armand Aromin Violin
Emma Casey Sounds
Liam Casey Sounds
Keith Dickerhofe Cello
Matthew Edwards Double Bass
Halley Feaster Cello
Kathryn Griffin Sounds
Morgan Hurley Sounds
John Kingsley Violin
Jeni Magaña Double Bass
Andy Reiner Violin
Kenny "Welcome To The Jungle" Tallent Bagpipes
Brandon Webb Sounds
Declan Webb Sounds
Ian Webb Sounds
Technical Credits
Jim Siegel Engineer
Scott Riebling Equipment Rental
Dave Slevin Engineer
Dropkick Murphys Composer
Kristen Smith Engineer
Traditional Composer
Nicholas Zampiello Mastering
John Cohan Drum Technician
Matt Tahaney Engineer
Colin Galvin Cover Model
Raymond Jeffrey Engineer
Tim "High Society" Brett Photo Assistance
Brendan Costello Cover Model
Halley Feaster String Arrangements
Kailynn Finnigan Cover Model
Jack Flaherty Cover Model
Sydney Galvin Cover Model
Joseph Gloosian Art Direction
Molly Hedderman Cover Model
Kerry Breet Hurley Cover Photo
"Uncle" Pete Macphee Illustrations
Chris Rioux Digital Art
Olivia Swanson Cover Model
Greyson Welch Video Editor
Matthew Ball Cover Model
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Come Back!

    This album totally blew me away. Their last album 'Warrior's Code' was such a great album but this newest one 'The meanest of Times' is in an entirely different league.
    Every single song is so vibrant with lyrics, I like how a good amount of them are anti-war even though they don't come out and bluntly say it, but they dance around it with the lyrics and you still understand what story or belief they are trying to tell behind every song.
    Its a bit more serious than their previous albums but its gripping and a great album all the same, there's no 'Kiss me I'm Shi-faced' kind of song unfortunatley, but they still end with a great song -
    "We've got love and Familyyyyyyyyyy!"

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