POGUES, THE – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

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If I Should Fall from Grace with God is the third studio album by Irish folk-punk band the Pogues, released on 18 January 1988. Released in the wake of their biggest hit single, "Fairytale of New York", If I Should Fall from Grace with God also became the band's best-selling album, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and reaching the top ten in several other countries.

If I Should Fall from Grace with God saw the arrival of three new members: bassist Darryl Hunt replaced Cait O'Riordan, while Phil Chevron joined on guitar and Terry Woods played cittern and other instruments. Woods and Chevron (the only two members of The Pogues actually born in Ireland) contributed the first original songs to a Pogues album not written by singer Shane MacGowan or banjo player Jem Finer, and the album also saw the band begin to move away from their Irish folk/punk roots and start to incorporate musical styles from other parts of the world, most notably Turkey and Spain. Many of the songs' lyrics return to familiar themes in Pogues songs, such as emigration from Ireland or returning to the country and having to adapt to the changes that have taken place after a long absence, but other tracks dwell on Irish political history or protecting children from the issues encountered as adults.

Critically acclaimed, If I Should Fall from Grace with God marked the high point of the band's commercial success. Finer called the record "a very cohesive album that drew on a lot of styles. Everything came together and it was very focused. That [album is] really the creative peak for me, in terms of the whole band being on a wavelength."

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If I Should Fall From Grace With God 2:19
Turkish Song Of The Damned 3:25
Bottle Of Smoke 2:44
Fairytale Of New York 4:31
Metropolis 2:47
Thousands Are Sailing 5:25
Fiesta 4:12
Medley (The Recruiting Sergeant/The Rocky Road To Dublin/Galway Races) 4:00
Streets Of Sorrow / Birmingham Six 4:35
Lullaby Of London 3:30
Sit Down By The Fire 2:15
The Broad Majestic Shannon 2:47
Worms 1:02