The Pogues have just proved that they deserve the name "institution". When The Pogues' and Shane MacGowan's paths ceased to coincide, I was predicting a relatively short career for both the group and Shane. Although Shane's sharp voice has been adding some "flavour" to the Pogues' business ever since, I must say I am not missing it when listening to Waiting For Herb or Pogue Mahone. It may sound too seriously, but I'd like to put it that way: The Pogues started with a completely new quality with their album.
One may get a bit disappointed at the very beginning of "How Come" but it's just the first impression of having heard something similar, just a deja-vu. In my humble opinion, this CD is different, even from Waiting For Herb. As English is definitely NOT my first language, I cannot describe this intuitive difference more precisely.
Last but not least: The Pogues have always been a source of inspiration for our folk music band. I was also uncertain about that when Shane MacGowan left The Pogues. I can now confirm that without THIS CD-album our playing would not be the same. So, The Pogues are still working the same way.