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Real McKenzies, Westwinds
Fat Wreck Chords, March 27

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Nothing unexpected or unwelcome on the seventh LP from this Vancouver Celt-punk crew, who’ve been the Dropkick Murphys of NOFX singer Fat Mike’s record label, Fat Wreck, since 2005. Personally I’ll take these drunken, corned-beef-stuffed idiots any day over the Dropkicks, which I know is pure sacrilege here in Sox country, but let’s be real, you honestly aren’t sick of “Shipping up to Boston” yet? Really honestly? But forget that anyway — when he’s in non-Black Flag mode, Paul McKenzie’s voice is soulful, thick and overstuffed, sort of like Frank Black, enhancing the real reverence he seems to have for forgotten old Scottish folk songs, which make up exactly half of the contents here, rendered either as jangle-band rawk or outright balladry. The other half, since you’d never have guessed on your own, comprises low-slung dingbat speed-punk made more important-sounding with the help of Gord Taylor’s bagpipes (which get a really nice solo spot on closeout tune “Francis Fraser”). B —Eric W. Saeger






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