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Within a Mile of Home (Side One Dummy) Combining the traditional musicianship of Irish legends The Chieftains and the punk rowdiness of The Pogues, Flogging Molly has released the perfect CD. Playing Within a Mile of Home in the background will make the dreary chores of every day life more enjoyable. On the other hand, if you need that certain “get up and go” before leaving the house for a night of hell raising and drinking, this CD is also the perfect fit. That, my hell raising boozer, is a perfect CD.  The soothing beat and melody of “Factory Girls” will surely captivate you, as will guest vocalist Lucinda Williams’ beautiful voice. In contrast, “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” showcasing the vocals of Bassist Nathan Maxwell, will awaken-or fuel if you’re a twitchy bastard like me-the great restlessness that resides within your body. As with past releases, lead singer Dave King offers a tune a cappella, “The Wrong Company,” which nicely allows you to enjoy his brogue heavy voice. If there was ever a song I wanted to hear played live in an Irish pub, it’s “Seven Deadly Sins.”  Fifteen tracks make up Within a Mile of Home and I hear no reason why this CD shouldn’t be listened to uninterrupted.  It’s honestly been a long time since I’ve written a CD review, but since I enjoy this disc to the near point of mental illness, I felt obligated to write these words about this great CD. – Denis Sheehan



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