The Tossers: The Valley of the Shadow of Death

The Tossers remind me of an old baseball player on steroids – years of slugging away, playing decent but never going to make the all-star-team. Then the coach suggests steroids and suddenly its frigging home runs galore. “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” is The Tossers on steroids (or some other not too good for you substance). Now, I’ve always liked The Tossers, thought they were a good band, and especially on their last CD “Purgatory” but to me they were always going to play second fiddle to the likes of Flogging Molly. Never did I think they would make something as good and as powerful as “….Shadow of Death”. Most of you will have heard or seen (here) the riotous first single “goodmornin ‘da” and it’s a great introduction to the full CD thought the rest of the CD is not as instant and much more dark and moody then the introduction offer. Very reminiscent of The Pogues at their best and I’m going to be so bold as to say it’s the CD The Pogues should have made to follow up “If I Should Fall From….”. Flogging Molly lookout, The Tossers are going to bite you on the ass very soon.

August 2005

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