"Agony" (Victory; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Chicago's Celtic punk rockers The Tossers return with "Agony," a 17-track offering brimming over with pub-swaying rhythms, ancestral instrumentation, and tales reserved for the pubs put into song. 

While the whistles and mandolins may prove to be a bit much for some, if you could imagine liking Mike Ness and The Pogues jamming out for a stretch, then cuts like the melancholic "Claddagh" and the raucous "Where Ya Been Johnny" aren't just St. Patrick's Day fodder for you. 

Following the path set forth by bands like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, "Agony" requires a few pints and some lively banter to truly appreciate this septet's world music mash-up. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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