Boston’s own keeps it lovably loud

Dropkick Murphys: ‘Going Out in Style’

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By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / March 1, 2011

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Never let us take for granted the treasure we have in our own backyard with this rambunctious and clever crew of hell-raisers and heartbreakers.

On Dropkick Murphys’ seventh album, out today on its own Born & Bred imprint, the septet’s hearts are as big as their mouths. The group barrels its way through 13 tracks that feature the signature DKM stew of punk, rock, folk, and Irish sounds and familiar themes including the bonds of family — whether that comes in the form of insane but lovable relatives or union brothers standing in solidarity.

This time out, there’s a conceptual framework laid over the proceedings in the tale of the dearly departed, and fictional, Cornelius Larkin. The various stages of his life are chronicled in song, but like many concept albums, one needn’t understand every plot point to enjoy “Going Out in Style.’’ Instead, you can dig into the sometimes delicate, sometimes furious banjo and bagpipe pas de deux, the deliriously tortured barks of Al Barr and Ken Casey, and the relentless rhythms that power the enterprise.

The rousing title track boasts a rogues gallery of guests from NOFX’s Fat Mike to Boston comedian Lenny Clarke and Bruce Springsteen, who offers an assist on a charmingly rowdy take on the traditional “Peg O’ My Heart.’’

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Dropkick Murphys play the House of Blues March 16-18 and the Tsongas Center at UMass-Lowell March 19.