TODAY'S PAPER
40° Good Evening
NEWSDAY DEALS
YOU ARE A DEALS MEMBERVIEW DEALS
40° Good Evening
EntertainmentMusic

‘11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’ review: Dropkick Murphys’ potent album

Dropkick Murphys write about recent news events in

Dropkick Murphys write about recent news events in "11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory." Credit: Dropkick Murphys Records

DROPKICK MURPHYS

“11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory”

THE GRADE A-

BOTTOM LINE The Dropkicks craftily put their punk rock stamp on recent events.

The Dropkick Murphys have delivered sturdy, shout-along anthems for more than two decades, never really straying too far from a mix of their Irish and punk heritages.

However, on “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” (Born & Bred), the band led by Ken Casey and Al Barr finds new inspiration in unexpected places to fuel its most potent album in years.

The poignant cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” is transformed into a stomping anthem, punctuated with rock riffs and bagpipes. It’s one of several songs inspired by the opioid epidemic in and around their beloved Boston, including the raucous “Rebels With a Cause” that champions “dead end kids” and their plights.

The uplifting “4/15/2013” pays tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims by trying to capture the feeling of unity that took over the city after the terrorist attack, joining in a chorus of “We’re all just people trying to make our way.”

It’s a sentiment The Dropkicks amplify in the hopeful singalong “Until the Next Time,” crystallizing the idea that glory can indeed come from pain.

Exclusive subscription offer

Newsday covers the stories that matter most to Long Islanders. We dig deep to uncover the facts, hold the powerful in check and keep a watchful eye on Long Island.

Your digital subscription, starting at $1, supports local journalism vital to the community.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

More Entertainment