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Street Dogs

State Of Grace

Hellcat 80503

Released on July 8, 2008


Mike McColgan – frontman, singer and songwriter for Boston’s beloved punk rock quintet Street Dogs – has lived the life that other bands just sing about. But in 1998, following a family tradition, McColgan left the band and music to become a Boston firefighter. Four years later, he began jamming on nights off with some old friends from the Boston punk scene; he found he needed the voice that only fronting a band could give him, and the Street Dogs were born.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 10 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Mean Fist  13%
2 Kevin J. O’Toole  7%
3 Into The Valley  5%
4 Rebel Song  4%
5 The General’s Boombox Voted #1  15%
6 Elizabeth  7%
7 Two Angry Kids Voted #2  14%
8 Guns  8%
9 San Patricios  8%
10 A State Of Grace  7%
11 Free Voted #3  14%
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Michael from Wilmington, OH 
Jun 12 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Good CD, but not their best. I guess this would be called their "mature" album. Quality songs, but kind of slow and poppy, not what I expected from their Hellcat debut. If you have never heard them pick up Savin Hill or Back to the World. Eventhough all of their albums are great.

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Nick from St. Cloud, MN 
May 21 2009 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I cant say ive given this CD a fair listen enough to thoroughly analyze it completely, however with that being said I cant say the album ever stuck out enough for me to care.

Ive seen the street dogs twice now, and plan to see them again within a month. They are a good, fun, boston live band and put on a good show, but the discs can always be filed under "meh" for me. No real standouts. Good band though.

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Steve from Virginia, MN 
Sep 20 2008 Rating: 3/5 Stars

First time I listened to this I wasn't into it, but after a few listens it grew on me. If you are a fan of them get it, however if you are new to The Street Dogs start with Fading American Dream.

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Darren from Richmond, BC Canada 
Aug 23 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

It appears Street Dogs' lead singer Michael McColgan has come full circle. In 1997, he was part of Dropkick Murphys when they released "Do Or Die" on Hellcat Records, one of the first albums on the label. McColgan then left the band to become a Boston firefighter. In 2002, he returned to the music scene with his new band, Street Dogs. "State Of Grace" is the band's fourth release and first on Hellcat Records. The album is more of the Boston punk sound that Street Dogs have been known for, but this time with a bit more of a celtic tinge. They have a new drummer on this album, Paul Rucker, as former drummer, Joe Sirois, has returned to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. My favorite song on "State Of Grace" is a cover of a song by The Skids, "Into The Valley".

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Steven from Clarksville, TN 
Aug 7 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Well, they keep doing it. They keep on giving us the straight up good punk rock we have missed since the early DKM days. Mike has been back on every album they have put out. Never giving any bullshit pop energy off. And always loving and respecting the jobs we do as soldiers. If you are gonna ask these questions, make sure you've "been there, done that" like Mike has.

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Paul from St. Louis, MO 
Jul 30 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Good stuff. Nothing is going to touch "Fading American Dream". At first that made me a little dissappointed but the album has grown on me. I don't like the song Elizabeth AT ALL and Kevin J. O'Toole almost sounds like a re-write of Fighter. The rest of the tracks are great. The General's Boombox and Mean Fist are just classic Street Dogs.

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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Jul 27 2008 Rating: 3/5 Stars

A Heck of alot better than their last album "Fading American Dream". I don't like this as much as the first 2 Street Dog albums, but it's better than the last one. This CD renews my faith in this band. Some good tunes with McColgan's classic lyric style and voice.

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Patrick from Groningen, Netherlands 
Jul 26 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

At the 1st spin I was kindda disapointed, where are the fast songs and why are the vocals not matching into the rythm. I gave it a rest and at the end of the day it was time for round 2. This not youre average SD record, they said it in the press before the release, this is the album they want to make... and they did a great job. You can really hear that Mike is singing straight from the heart, sometimes angry, sometimes sad but alway's with the right thing to say. When he's singing about the loss of friends and relatives in "Elizabeth" or "Kevin J. O'Toole", you feel the sadness and the respect going out in these songs! "The General's Boombox" is a great tribute to the late Strummer. Other favs are opening song "Mean Fist" and "Guns". Can't wait to cath the Dogs on both side of the Atlantic this year!!

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Nicholas from Mohnton, PA 
Jul 12 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

After eagerly waiting for the arrival of Street Dogs newest I was not a bit disapointed. State of Grace shares alot of the bands older ideas and sound but points their music in a slightly more political way. It is a bit softer overall than the last albums but still contains the attitude and power of their typical music. Overall a great deal considering for less the 13 dollars I recieved the album plus a free Street Dogs T-shirt. Got to say, best purchase Ive made so far this year

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Kevin from Thousand Oaks, CA 
Jul 12 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I had a feeling that moving to Hellcat Records would create at least a slight change in the Street Dogs sound and I was right. This is not the fast, catchy, Street Dogs sound that they so brilliantly mastered on their last album, Fading American Dream. This is a collection of mid-tempo sing along songs that certainly send a message! They've always been a political punk band but this cd is more political than ever, which is a good thing in my opinion, but I just wish they had included a few fast songs. Any fan of their earlier albums will like this album, you just might not love it.

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