If I Should Fall from Grace with God

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Rum Sodomy & the Lash captured the Pogues on plastic in all their rough-and-tumble glory, If I Should Fall from Grace with God proved they could learn the rudiments of proper record making and still come up with an album that captured all the sharp edges of their musical personality. Producer Steve Lillywhite imposed a more disciplined approach in the studio than Elvis Costello had, but he had the good sense not to squeeze the life out of the band in the process; as a result, the Pogues sound tighter and more precise than ever, while still summoning up the glorious howling fury that made Rum Sodomy & the Lash so powerful. And Shane MacGowan continued to grow as a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Rum Sodomy & the Lash captured the Pogues on plastic in all their rough-and-tumble glory, If I Should Fall from Grace with God proved they could learn the rudiments of proper record making and still come up with an album that captured all the sharp edges of their musical personality. Producer Steve Lillywhite imposed a more disciplined approach in the studio than Elvis Costello had, but he had the good sense not to squeeze the life out of the band in the process; as a result, the Pogues sound tighter and more precise than ever, while still summoning up the glorious howling fury that made Rum Sodomy & the Lash so powerful. And Shane MacGowan continued to grow as a songwriter, as his lyrics and melodies captured with brilliant detail his obsession with the finer points of Anglo-Irish culture. "Fairytale of New York," a glorious sweet-and-sour duet with Kirsty MacColl, and "The Broad Majestic Shannon" were subtle in a way many of his previous work was not, "Birmingham Six" found him addressing political issues for the first time and with all the expected venom, and "Fiesta" and "Turkish Song of the Damned" found him adding respectively faux-Spanish and Middle Eastern flavors into the Pogues' heady mix. And if you want to hear the Pogues blaze through some fast ones, "Bottle of Smoke" and the title song find them doing just what they've always done best. Brilliantly mixing passion, street smarts, and musical ambition, If I Should Fall from Grace with God is the best album the Pogues would ever make.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227415617
  • Catalog Number: 74156
  • Sales rank: 25,987

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pogues Primary Artist
Ron Kavana Mandolin, Choir, Chorus, Spoons, Tenor Banjo
Fran Byrne Bodhran
Joe Cashman Tenor Saxophone, Choir, Chorus
Philip Chevron Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Brian Clarke Alto Saxophone
James Fearnley Dulcimer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Cello, Mandola
Jem Finer Banjo, Saxophone, Mandola
Darryl Hunt Bass, Percussion, Vocals
John Lawler Choir, Chorus
Steve Lillywhite Choir, Chorus
Shane MacGowan Guitar, Vocals
Frank Murray Choir, Chorus
Andrew Ranken Harmonica, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Paul Scully Choir, Chorus
Siobhan Sheahan Harp
Spider Stacy Vocals, tin whistle
Eli Thompson Trumpet
Paul Verner Choir, Chorus
Terry Woods Dulcimer, Guitar, Concertina, Cittern, Mandola, Tenor Banjo
Brian Sheridan Choir, Chorus
Paul Taylor Trombone
Technical Credits
Philip Chevron Composer
Chris Dickie Engineer
James Fearnley Arranger
Jem Finer Composer
Nick Lacey Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer, Engineer
Shane MacGowan Composer
Fiachra Trench Arranger
Terry Woods Composer
Roy Spong Engineer
Traditional Composer
Lindt Kotscher Composer
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