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Levi from Durham, NC 
Jan 4 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars
Flogging Molly -Swagger CD
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Flogging Molly
Swagger CD

While certainly not their best release (“Drunken Lullabies” is a much better album), “Swagger” is nothing to ignore. Songs like “Salty Dog”, “Black Friday Rule” and “Devil’s Dance Floor” are some of the better contributions they have made to the Celtic Punk scene. Flogging Molly is a decent band following in the footsteps of the likes of The Tossers and The Real McKenzies, and at times older bands such as The Pogues and Wolfe Tones. They have potential to make truly great music, only time will tell. This is a solid addition to the collection of those that are fans of the above mentioned bands and other Ceilidh bands, but a good listen to the likes of “Communication & Conviction” by The Tossers or “Rum, Sodomy & The Lash” by The Pogues will show where this album is lacking. I would recommend this album, but recommend anything by The Tossers and The Real McKenzies higher, as both these bands are less popish with a far better use of traditional instruments such as the mandolin, bagpipes, tin whistle and bodhran, while maintaining an energy to rival the best of the rest in the punk world.

Levi from Durham, NC 
Jan 4 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars
Tossers -Purgatory CD
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Purgatory CD

The Tossers are without a doubt a Celtic Folk band that is fully able to rock out far better than most band of any genre, not just some rock band with some folk trimmings occasionally thrown in for good measure, and that slight distinction makes every difference in the world. They are able to rock out equipped with only a couple of mandolins and a bodhran, as the opening "With the North Wind" displays perfectly. Parts of this album, such as “Come Dancing”, sound something like Silly Wizard or early Pogues songs on high octane, while others, such as the title track, slow down to show a level of emotion and poignancy rarely achieved in other bands. I feel that this is their best overall original album, but would recommend the compilation album “Communication & Conviction” for first time listeners, as it collects the best songs from their previous albums. But you might as well order this one at the same time, because about halfway through “Communication & Conviction” you’re going to wish you had more Tossers to listen to, and “Purgatory” will satisfy that desire to the max.

I love Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, Dropkick Murphys, Blood or Whiskey, Black 47, and many of the other Celtic rock/ Celtic punk / Ceilidh bands that are out there today, but I have no reservations about saying that The Tossers are without a doubt at the top of this class of musicians. They have it all.

Levi from Durham, NC 
Jan 4 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars
Hellacopters -High Visibility CD
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High Visibility CD

I got this album because I had heard that their music lay somewhere between MC5, The Stooges, and Turbonegro, and was ecstatic to find that what I had heard was true. I wouldn’t call them punk or any punk sub genre, but they are definitely a punk influenced hard rocking band, mixing the best of 70’s rock revival and early punk, and this album exudes these attributes the best of all their albums I’ve heard. They are a fast, loud and quite hard rocking band, with a touch of blues and Detroit mania. "Toys and Flavors” has a near Hendrix quality lead guitar, inspiring in me flashbacks of “All Along The Watchtower”, only faster and harder. “Hopeless Case of a Kid In Denial”, “Baby Borderline”, and “No Song Unheard” are other favorites.

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