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This review is from: The Warrior's Code (Audio CD)
How often do you listen to an album for the first time and like it? Usually the first thought is, if you're anything like me, "Not sure about that?" The comparsion to previous and familiar albums is made and it takes a playing or two for the new one to grow on you. Not so with the DMs, it's instant grin from ear to ear, foot stomping and a chuckle of pure pleasure as soon as the CD is spinning. As always I go straight for the trad. arr. songs before listening to anything else. I have about six versions of the legendary Eric Bogle's Green Fields of France from The Men They Couldn't Hang to The Furey's and June Tabor. All very diverse. The DMs have treated it with the respect it deserves, just slightly upping the tempo, which isn't a bad thing. It is also done superbly and demonstrates the range the band have. Having bagpipes on so many tracks I found it a bit of a wasted opportunity that they didn't stick Flowers Of The Forest on the end mind. Auld Triangle enters the ranks of Black Velvet Band, Rocky Road To Dublin, Fields of Athenry, et al. Those old slow favourites that have been heard once too often over the years and become stale. The DMs give them a complete re-working and energy that, I for one, will not tire of for many years to come, if ever hopefully. Captain Kelly's Kitchen is a traditional song I have never heard and I thought I'd heard them all, so it's good that there are a few surprises in there.
The rest of the album is the usual mix of styles. The obligatory straight punk/rock tracks, one or two of which will no doubt be the single(s) for general consumption and to get them on Kerrang. But my view is biased towards the folk and to be fair they have stuck out the odd trad. single. I think there is something there for anyone who likes their music fast and furious. The Burden reminded me of The latter Clash stuff, or maybe more Big Audio Dynamite and Sunshine Highway put me in mind of the overall style of The Pogues' Hells Ditch album. Wicked Sensitive Crew has to be my favourite new original song, a good tune, healthy attitude and the usual humour. Tessie, the title track of an earlier EP, is on as a bonus track.
So, all in all, probably not my favourite album for consistency; that would have to go jointly to Sing Loud Sing Proud and Blackout, the two albums I'd recommend to newcomers. The few misses I found too bland and if it wasn't for the fact that the hit's were double whammys I'd worry the band were running short on ideas or catering to a more specific sector. If anything like mine, I'm sure the kids will like Citizen CIA and similar tracks. That particular track put me in mind of Dead Kennedys and the like and much of the DMs first album Do Or Die. I've made alot of comparisons to other bands' styles, which is a little unfair as the DMs are, for me, the best and most original band to come along in a long long time. Hope they do many more and I thank them for hours of listening pleasure.