The Warrior's Code

The Warrior's Code

by Dropkick MurphysDropkick Murphys


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Boston's Dropkick Murphys turn in another collection of Irish-tinged punk rock on The Warrior's Code. The tempos are breakneck for the most part, and the energy is accentuated by the alternating lead vocals, a tag team of rage and bravado. That the group doesn't take itself too seriously is demonstrated on "Wicked Sensitive Crew," in which the singers discuss how they've been misunderstood as they've toured the world, when in fact they are "touchy feely sensitive guys." As if to demonstrate their sensitivity (sentimentality is more like it), they cover Eric Bogle's "The Green Fields of France (No Man's Land)," a reflection on the loss of a soldier in World War I and the general futility of war that is taken at a ballad tempo and even begins with a piano. They have also been to the Woody Guthrie archive of unpublished lyrics, and come away with "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," a goofy song they set to typically blistering rock. (In 2006, the song was given greater exposure when it was used in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film The Departed.) The theme of war dead is brought up to date with the closing track, "Last Letter Home," the epistolary true story of a Dropkick Murphys fan who died in Iraq; the band played at his funeral. It is here that the punk rage seems to find a purpose.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Hellcat Records
UPC: 0045778047222
catalogNumber: 80472
Rank: 18914

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dropkick Murphys   Primary Artist
Matt Kelly   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer,Bodhran
Peter Chase   Background Vocals
Bill Janovitz   Background Vocals
Tom Madden   Background Vocals
Tommy O'Connell   Background Vocals
Ken Casey   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Alex Burr   Track Performer
Barr   Vocals
James Lynch   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Marc Orrell   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Scruffy Wallace   Bagpipes,Track Performer
Bronson Arroyo   Background Vocals
Johnny Damon   Background Vocals
Lenny Dinardo   Background Vocals
Jeff Horrigan   Background Vocals
Lance Burnett   Background Vocals
Laura Casey   Cello,Viola
Julie Cordeiro   Background Vocals
Anders Geering   Background Vocals
Josephine Lyons   Background Vocals
Mark Rogoff   Background Vocals
Tim Brennan   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion
Sara Stevenson   Background Vocals
Charles Steinberg   Background Vocals
Julie Cordeiro   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Bogle   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
David Bianco   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jim Siegel   Engineer
Dropkick Murphys   Composer
Brendan Behan   Composer
Ken Casey   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Westner   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Brendan Maguire   Guitar Techician
Jeff Horrigan   Composer
Angie Carlino   Cover Photo
Raymond Jeffrey   Guitar Techician
Tim Brennan   Whistle

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