(8/10) What fits better to a sunny late May afternoon than listening to some good music with a solid punch and excellent melodies? I could enjoy this experience while listening to Flogging Molly’s newest album “Life is Good”
The California-based band with some Irish roots released already five studio records, which include songs being built on Irish folk and some punk. This explosive mixture unleashes quite some energy, a fact that makes Flogging Molly records to a good-time listening experience. The punk adds some anarchic energy to the tracks while the folk elements stand for the band's roots and the catchy melodies make each song to a danceable one. ‘Danceable’, in this context, is meant as something very positive, since I can imagine that anyone can keep the feet still on the ground while Flogging Molly fires their songs into the crowd.
The new album “Life is Good” doesn’t make a difference. Violin, mandolin and accordion play a dominant role throughout, accompanied by rocking guitars and a grooving bass.
“Life is Good” features everything you could wish from a new Flogging Molly longplayer with fast songs like “The Hand of John L. Sullivan” being my personal highlights on this record. With its galloping groove the track is made for being played live. But also the next number, “Welcome to Adamstown”, spreads a good vibe with a horn section that adds a Mexican expression to this well-composed tune. But also the calmer moments on “Life is Good” spread a lot of intensity. The rocking title track is one of those before the soulful “The Last Serenade (Sailors and Fisherman)” gives you the shivers.
Actually I could stand still by each of the ten tracks because the album doesn’t know any filler. Every song recorded is relevant and adds to the very positive impression I got while listening to the disc several times.
‘Life is good’ while listening to “Life is Good”. This album sounds mature, rocking, dynamic and Irish. I can definitely recommend it.
- Ther’s Nothing Left Pt.1
- The Hand of John L. Sullivan
- Welcome to Adamstown
- Reptiles (We Woke Up)
- The Day We’ve Yet to Meet
- Life is Good
- The Last Serenade (Sailors and Fisherman)
- The Guns of Jericho
- Crushed (Hostile Nations)
- The Bride Wore Black
- Until We Meet again
Genre: Folk Punk Rock
Release Date EU: June2nd, 2017