Review – The Real McKenzies

Album: Two Devils Will Talk
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Genre: Celtic Punk

Celebrating a landmark twenty-five year career, The Real McKenzies are back with their 10th album, Two Devils Will Talk, and it’s a doozy.

From the very opening track “Due West” this album grabs you by the scruff of the neck and throws you into an emotionally charged and riotous experience. Bursting with full bagpipe melodies and poignant lyrics, Two Devils rolls like the sea and begs for pints to be raised.

I have to admit it was hard for me to pick a favourite song from this album. I listened to it for almost two days straight and from the magnificent cover of Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage” to the cheeky “Fuck the Real McKenzies” this album is just plain fun. There isn’t a bad song on it. Although, I do think it should come with a Surgeon’s General warning – I may have thrown out my neck.

I know Celtic punk isn’t unique to Canada, but something about it feels as Canadian as maple syrup, albeit a maple syrup that will kick you in the teeth. One of the bands foremost in making that a reality and bringing the Celtic punk movement to a forefront is The Real McKenzies, and with Two Devils Will Talk they can rest assured their legacy is still intact.

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I’m Emily Frewin. I remember my dad teaching me how to take care of a record before I knew how to tie my shoes. Laying on the floor of my living room listening at full volume to a new album or bathing in the glory of an old one was how I spent most of my childhood and adolescence. Writing and music have always been important to me, so I’m very excited to be writing for Canadian Beats. I have a dog, a husband, and several children, some of which may or may not be mine. I spend my days fighting off the on-set of dementia by working for a Geomatics company, listening to music, trying to sell my children, watching movies, and planning out how to kidnap Idris Elba. I also own a T-Rex costume.

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