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FLOGGING MOLLY- Swagger (Side One Dummy) I am surprised that I am able to write this review because I’m absolutely exhausted. This cd is loaded with more energy and intensity than a quasar. Flogging Molly incorporates the melodies and beats of traditional Irish music, the musicianship of The Chieftains, and the furiousness of punk rock to produce a sound that will floor you quicker than 15 pints of your favorite ale. The band beautifully blends the unique sounds of an accordion, fiddle, and a tin whistle along with cool guitars, a mandolin/banjo, and a Celtic rhythm section that will have you dancing and festively spilling your Guinness on yourself and those around you. The music is made more powerful by the brogue heavy vocals of Irishman Dave King. Trust me when you read that every song on this disc is unbelievable. Hell, I can’t get “Devil’s Dance Floor” out of my head! If you like The Pogues or Big Bad Bollocks, you will adore Flogging Molly. Ah, it is music like this that makes me proud to have Irish blood pumping through these clogged arteries of mine. This baby is a must own disc! – Denis Sheehan



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