11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #609 / 898
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2017 Ratings: #583
January 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Born & Bred / Label
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Dropkicks ninth effort succeeds in being moving, relevant, biting, witty and most importantly of all, a half hour of damn fun drinking music.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Good album, lots of fun songs about pain and glory! But, this is not a 11 song punk-ripper. It's more of a folk-post punk-rock type album.


Starts great, becomes very mediocre, then gets good again. Not bad of an album at all.


Although their intentions are good, their lack of finesse and creative drive within a massive sound resulted in a boring, underwhelming album. My Score: 93/180 (Deficient) = 52/100

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Track List

  1. The Lonesome Boatman
  2. Rebels with a Cause
  3. Blood
  4. Sandlot
  5. First Class Loser
  6. Paying My Way
  7. I Had a Hat
  8. Kicked to the Curb
  9. You'll Never Walk Alone
  10. 4-15-13
  11. Until the Next Time
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Added on: November 3, 2016