Kristina Feliciano
June 30, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

If someone made a guy flick about a bunch of close-knit, good-hearted, working-class fellas, Blackout could be the soundtrack. Beantown’s Dropkick Murphys have jammed this 14-track CD (a bonus disc contains two live cuts and a video) with disheveled, rambunctious, Celtic-tinged punk rock teeming with raggedy, sweaty earnestness. With themes ranging from blue-collar exploitation (”Worker’s Song”) to, um, love (”Kiss Me I’m #!@*faced,” which has urchinlike charm), the album is like a rawer, truer ”The Brothers McMullen.”

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