No slowing down for Dropkicks on ‘Signed and Sealed’
The Dropkick Murphys don’t mess with their jig-core on “Signed and Sealed in Blood.” There may even be a bit too much familiarity on this eighth studio outing, with “Jimmy Collins’ Wake” following up “Tessie” as another tune steeped in ancient Red Sox lore, and the anthem-of-the-damned “Prisoner’s Song” echoing “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” But the Boston-accented mash-up of Irish folk and punk is still infectious; it’s easy to envision the mosh pits inspired by “The Boys Are Back” and fists pumping along to “The Battle Rages On.” The folk instruments give the Dropkicks more room to roam than other punk bands get, and here they especially take advantage of that with the roguish and wistful “Rose Tattoo.” There’s plenty of adrenaline too, heard in “Burn” and “Out of Our Heads.” The band’s dysfunctional Christmas song “The Season’s Upon Us” is here, but better is “My Hero,” a raucous and affectionate ode to paternal wisdom that could become a Father’s Day standard. (Out Tuesday)
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The Dropkick Murphys will be performing March 15 at the TD Garden, March 16 at Brighton Music Hall, and March 17 at House of Blues.