The album no one expected Shane MacGowan to make, written off by his original band, his manager, the music press, everyone in fact except his own audience.
The album sets off like a chain saw attacking the listener with an unexpected electric guitar and a head of steam fuelled by MacGowan own past with `The Church of the Holy Spook' and `That Woman's Got Me Drinking' (the guitar on the later been supplied by MacGowan drinking buddy Johnny Depp). Things calm down with the more Pogue like `The Song with No Name', the haunting `Aisling' and `I'll Be Your Handbag'. The first side of the original disc concludes with Gerry Rafferty's `Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway' which MacGowan makes his own with his wonderful inflection and fantastic twist.
Side two kicks off with `A Mexican Funeral in Paris' which sounds like an outtake from The Pogues `Hell's Ditch' l.p. After that MacGowan really raises the bar with `The Snake with Eyes of Garnet' a contender for his best song despite great completion, not least from `Donegal Express' which follows on like a, err, steam train. `Victoria', MacGowan's song to his long suffering partner continues the more `rock' element to this album before finishing with the traditional `The Rising of the Moon' and the instrumental `Bring Down the Lamp'.
A fantastic album and so much better for exceeding our wildest expectations; if only all comebacks could be so good.