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Singles Collection Vol. 2: 1998-2004 (Epitaph)
As the CD’s title indicates, this release is a collection of 23 b-sides,
covers, etc from
’s Dropkick Murphys. Being a
fan of this band, I was a tad surprised at my distaste for three or four
of the songs, but that will happen with large collections like this.
However, I wish not to inflict my negativity upon your smelly self, but
instead choose to pass along my positive feelings, fucker. One of my all
time favorite songs is Gang Green’s “Alcohol,” and DKM does it
wonderful justice, which provokes a rather giant grin from my liver every
damn time I listen to it. Another favorite, “Wild Rover,” is good, but
I can’t help being annoyed with the guest vocals of legendary Shane
MacGowan. His drunken antics only help slow down an otherwise great cover.
How can anyone not like CCR’s “Fortunate Son?” The DKM written “On
the Attack,” clocking in at 1:26, reminds me of Minor Threat’s
venerable stuff. Ah, there’s too much good stuff here to carry on about.
If you’re a fan of DKM, you’ll certainly get a kick out of this CD. If
you’re a non DKM fan, you may want to first pick up one of their other
releases that isn’t a collection. You know, I am unable to find the
hidden features on DKM’s DVD. Might someone out there assist? Liner
notes include the history and release info of each of the 23 tunes; very
cool. – Denis Sheehan