Life is Good

Life is Good

by Flogging Molly


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Two decades into their career, Los Angeles folk-punk stalwarts Flogging Molly maintain a fiery presence, certainly on-stage, but also in the studio as they deliver their sixth LP, Life Is Good. Under the stewardship of leader Dave King, the band's marriage of Irish folk melodies and raucous punk muscle has won them a hardcore and widespread fan base. While their formula has remained relatively unchanged over the years, expectations have generally prevailed that King and his crew will deliver the goods via quality songwriting and spirited performance rather than radical reinvention. Such is the case with Life Is Good, a sturdily built and reliably rousing 12-song collection captained by Grammy-toting producer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Beck). Opening with the relatively subdued "There's Nothing Left, Pt. 1," Flogging Molly take aim at an ominous unnamed (though probably obvious) world leader, singing "the devil has spoke and he's not very bright" over a lilting Irish fiddle, accordion, and whistle melody. "The Hand of John L. Sullivan" is a blazing barn burner in the band's signature tradition, and "Crushed [Hostile Nations]" is a slow-building wartime tale with a massive chorus that harkens back to King's heavy metal past as lead singer for L.A. rockers Fastway. Chiccarelli's production throughout is streamlined and clean, emphasizing the fist-pumping rock bits while letting the Celtic instrumentation pop out naturally. As a collection, there is plenty of range in tone and emotion as Flogging Molly both decry and celebrate the wild mess that, depending on one's outlook, does indeed make life good.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2017
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0888072024090
catalogNumber: 00111
Rank: 30829

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Performance Credits

Flogging Molly   Primary Artist
Joe Chiccarelli   Overdubs
Bill Mims   Overdubs
Lars Fox   Overdubs
Dennis Casey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Alonso   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Bridget Regan   Fiddle,Background Vocals,tin whistle
Matt Hensley   Accordion,Background Vocals
Nathen Maxwell   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Schmidt   Banjo,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Dave King   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Spoons,Bodhran
Brad Magers   Trumpet
Keith Douglas   Trumpet
Néillidh Mulligan   uillean pipes

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Producer
Ross Hogarth   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Casey   Composer
Bridget Regan   Composer
Matt Hensley   Composer
Nathen Maxwell   Composer
Bob Schmidt   Composer
Dave King   Composer
Beth Regan-Tyrell   Cover Photo

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