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Flogging Molly
Within A Mile Of Home
Side One Dummy Records

And now for something completely different…

Flogging Molly's new release came to me in the mail by complete surprise. It was like Christmas in August. I ripped it open with wild abandon and read every word on the release information twice.

Now first off, if you aren't brilliant enough to tell with that first near paragraph, I'm probably going to give a biased review simply because I've loved this band for quite some time. I'll try to be fair and balanced, but don't get your hopes up. It will be more like an explanation of how much this CD kicks your ass and how it exceeds expectations beyond all their other releases.

This new CD, Within A Mile Of Home is, simply put, a piece of art. Dave King was born to sing, and his band was just meant to make music. His lyrical voice is so strong on this release, and just perfect to be singing this style of punkish, Celtic-ish, Pogues-ish EIRE-CORE (word patented pending from d. devoe.)

The lyrics are just too powerful and rowdy to not scream at the top of your lungs with fist raised, stomping on the floor. It's an album everyone will relate to in one way or another, and if it doesn't move you, then you're just a Borg… I take that back, I think even Borg would be singing this album. It's just that damn good.

The surrounding music is just as lyrical and aggressive as King's voice, and has never been more involved and beautifully poetic than in this release. I have tried to pick it apart, find flaws in any song; to find a weakness, but there is none. If I had to pick a specific track, number six, "Factory Girls," had to grow on me, because it's more country than most, and includes a female singer, Lucinda Williams, but even that grew on me after two rounds and now could be my favorite song on the release.

The whole work is a just seamless, awe-inspiring masterpiece.


Track Listing:

1. Screaming At The Wailing Wall
2. Seven Deadly Sins
3. Light Of A Fading Star
4. Factory Girls (featuring Lucinda Williams)
5. Whistles The Wind
6. Tobacco
7. The Wrong Company
8. Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon
9. Queen Anne's Revenge
10. Wander Lust
11. To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Duhn)
12. Don't Let Me Die Still Wondering
13. Within A Mile Of Home
14. The Spoken Wheel
15. With a Wonder And A Wild Desire

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