V/A: ATTICUS …dragging the lake. II

I was excited to see a package from SIDEONEDUMMY in my mailbox when I got home from work today. S1D is one of the best of the big indie/punk labels out there at the moment. Home as you know to such fine bands as Flogging Molly and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones so I expected what ever was inside was going to be good. Seeing “Atticus …dragging the lake. II” my excitement certainly dropped off – didn’t I review volume I not to long ago? A fine collection of the best of MTV punk but not a CD I ever listened to again. I quickly scanned the track listing (26 tracks on all) hoping maybe there was something rare/unreleased from Flogging Molly. Nothing. Then I saw it. Track 6, Dropkick Murphys doing the “Fields of Athenry”. Slammed the CD in the player, cranked the volume and hit play on track 5. “Fields…” is given the classic DKM treatment, it’s loud, guitar driven with tons of bagpipes and a chorus that sounds like the whole of Lansdowne Road is joining in. Great, great stuff. The rest of the CD is the same MTV punk fare, not bad but nothing I’d listen to again (the Bosstones excepted). Buy this CD for the Dropkicks., you won’t be disappointed. It’s also a low price CD so think of it as a CD single with an addition 25 tracks.

May 2003

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