The Dropkick Murphys' fourth studio album is full of surprises and great party tunes in its 14 new tracks and a bonus DVD. The first attention grabber from Boston's wild seven piece Celtic band is "Walk Away," a song about a father who has abandoned his family. While the subject matter is typical for this band, the sound and feel of the song is new and refreshing. The rest of the album is full of more familiar ground for the Dropkicks.
"Black Velvet Band" is a fantastic cover of a traditional song, while "World Full Of Hate" and "Bastards On Parade" are acoustic sing-along originals. Another surprise on the album is "The Dirty Glass," which sounds like it could be a new version of a traditional drinking song, but it's actually a DKM original with additional vocals by Stephanie Dougherty. The singer's voice leaves you feeling like you were in the middle of a lover's quarrel.
The title track, "Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight," is actually a Woody Guthrie song that was never recorded by Guthrie. Fortunately for us, the Dropkicks have done total justice to it. The closing track, "Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced," is a perfect end to an impressive new album. This song is so soaked in whiskey and beer you can smell it. It's the perfect song to sing in a bar with some of your closest friends while tipping a few pints of Guinness.
All in all, Blackout is a powerful return for the Dropkick Murphys and it deserves your attention, especially for those late nights when the bar closes and you want to continue to party in your living room.