The Meanest of Times

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September 14, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

These Boston punk-folksters owe a large musical debt to Irish punk-folksters the Pogues (payable, probably, in Guinness). But if that’s not a problem for Pogues singer Spider Stacy, who guests on ”(F)lannigan’s Ball,” then it’s fine by us, given the gloriously raucous, hook-heavy nature of that track. Indeed, the bulk of The Meanest of Times consists of frenetic toe-tappers, such as the opener, ”Famous for Nothing,” which also showcases Dropkick Murphys’ bagpiper Scruffy Wallace. And how can you dislike a band that has a bagpiper named Scruffy? B+
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