Allmusic gave the album a positive review. The review called the title track a standout and noted its themes of "decrying the ills of modern society" as well as its "breakneck speed." It also referred to the song "Death Valley Queen" as a "dirge of Dylanesque proportions." The reviewer concluded that "After one listen, you'll probably wish you were Irish." In a 4-star review, Punknews.org said that Flogging Molly "sounds authentic" and named “What’s Left Of The Flag," “Rebels Of The Sacred Heart” and “The Rare Ould Times” as the standout tracks.
"If I Ever Leave This World Alive" played over the closing credits of the movie P.S. I Love You, was featured in an episode of Weeds, "Lude Awakening" and the ending scene of "Scar Tissue" from season two of The Shield.
"The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)" appears on "Step Nine," the first episode of the second season of "Elementary".