The latest album from Dropkick Murphys is more of the same... more awesome Dropkick Murphys music. Signed and Sealed in Blood features twelve outstanding songs that range from celtic-mellow to holiday festive to raucous drinking. Signed and Sealed in Blood has the Dropkick Murphys in rare form. It’s brilliant and it has a lot of longevity, BUT it’s not as good as Going Out In Style.
Going Out In Style is the definitive Dropkick Murphys album. It features a guest spot from Bruce Springsteen, and the title track is basically the band’s anthem- it doesn’t get any better than that. Following up that album is no easy task. Signed and Sealed in Blood is the best possible follow-up that the band is capable of, that’s the consolation prize for fans. Most of the music on this album is some of their best. “The Boys are Back” is in their top five. “The Season’s Upon Us” is a perfect holiday song- albeit a strange track to put in the middle of the album that gets released in the second week of January. “Don’t Tear Us Apart” starts out with the bashing of an old-school piano and pushes through with a vibrant old meets new energy. “Out of Our Heads” is the typical Dropkick Murphys song- it’s exuberant and fun throughout.
Signed and Sealed in Blood isn’t the album that Going Out In Style is. There isn’t anything here that hasn’t been done before, but the people that want to listen to it will instantly be satisfied.