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A Weakness for Spirits (Dumb Trumpeter) The guys in Darkbuster may have a weakness for spirits, but they sure as shyt don’t have a weakness for playing great punk rock. Since it has been a number of years between releases, Darkbuster personifies the saying “good things come to those who wait.” We waited, and they’ve delivered a CD that’ll have Darkbuster fans raising their pints (or bottles…or cans…or shots) to the heavens screaming praise and thanks. Oh, let’s not forget the army of new fans this CD will surly recruit. Opening A Weakness for Spirits is an introduction of sorts, “We Are Darkbuster.” This song is great to sing along with, but proves enigmatic as I am not a part of Darkbuster and the words are “we are Darkbuster.” Damn guys have me all confused as to what to sing without being a liarhead. “Stand and Deliver” offers praise to the U.S. military, while “Try to Make It Right” has me wondering if this is what a punk rock Johnny Cash would’ve sounded like. Skankin’ punkers will dig the ska tune, “Rudy.” On the surprising side, “Rise Up” is probably the hardest, as in hard rock, song I’ve heard Darkbuster play. “Whisky Will,” sung by Bassist Mike Gurley, screams “If she don’t kill me, the whiskey will.” Tell me, how many guys reading this review can relate? Along with lead vocalist Lenny Lashley, you’ll hear guest vocals on “Skinhead” by Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey, and the plaid boy himself Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) on “Give Up Dope.”  Of course, there’s the best song of 2004 (The Noise Poll- Boston zine) “Gramma was a Nazi:” a lil’ ditty that if you’re lucky, will hear played approx 20 times at a live show. You’ll certainly become one with Lenny’s wishful wanting and exhilarative thankfulness in “DJ” as he pleads with a radio disc jockey to play his favorite song during a long ride home. An amusing song that needs to be heard to believe, “Balls the Size of Cantaloupes” is a tune that will stick itself in your brain forcing you to involuntarily sing it to yourself over...and over..and over. “Londontowne” is the notorious Darkbuster drinking/buddy entry. True, I haven’t figured out “Au Baul Licci Goe,” but it’s damn cool. Last but certainly not least, “Cell Phone” will have Gurley’s cell phone number dialed more than 876-5309 ever was. Darkbuster-domes will welcome back, from 22 Songs… (Darkbusters first cd), Eric “Rice” Edmonston on guitar and drums, while long time Darkbusterite Dan O’Halloran still pounds the skins. There are 18 songs on the disc, but this review is already too long so I shall cease my barking. I have a feeling A Weakness for Spirits is going to spark an affective ripple in the Boston Music scene, and cause an upward spike in liquor sales. Seriously, if I had to recommend a new cd to a friend, it would be this one. – Denis Sheehan



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