- 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Rank: #5 / 17
USER SCORE
63
Based on
25 ratings

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80
Drowned in Sound

Their output remains honest, unsullied and socially conscious – it’s still got all the bark and bared teeth of a Boston terrier, and the drinking songs are still out in force, but there’s a message of hope at its core that espouses all the values that are held so dear to the contemporary punk scene.

80
AllMusic

At this point in their careers, the boys are experts at what they do: Pogues-meets-Rancid singalongs for working-class Southie rabble to soundtrack evenings of booze-soaked revelry and camaraderie. They do not disappoint on 11 Short Stories. In fact, this release ends up being the most stylistically varied -- as far as Dropkick goes -- of their catalog.

79
Paste

Loss and the possibility of redemption represent the twin themes of pain and glory fueling the Celtic-punk band’s ninth album, a collection of songs by turns bleak and triumphant—and sometimes both at once.

70
musicOMH

Whilst this emotional look back might suggest they’ve got one foot in the grave, there’s plenty of fight left yet. In the past, this would have taken the form of furious punk, but this time around the Dropkicks have expanded their sound out into something far grander than anything they’ve attempted before.

70
PopMatters

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is a timely record, filled with anthems of support and community that will resonate with the band’s fanbase, and may attract new listeners looking for messages of hope and recovery—and perhaps tinged with a fight!

chessmess
22
Absolutely horrendous. I could not get through all of the songs.
80
Pure dropkick song writing. Nothing ever changed and for that we thank them for putting out pure material. If you love them, then you love this album. If you haven't been a fan of the last two records, well...then...sorry.
RogerMusic
NR
Not my genre but as I heard about it I wanted to listen,
quality is there but I can not rate it as I do not have enough expertise in that genre...
44
Rowdy, but not quite rousing, the best moments on here are when they portray a colorful array of drunken ne'er do wells getting into brawls and defending their honor over petty squabbles. At it's worst, it's beer commercial music with an unearned triumphant feel. And it's that for a good deal of it's runtime, unfortunately, though First Class Loser is a real standout.
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Added on: November 3, 2016