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Great underrated album
on 14 March 2006
I have all the Pogues albums and this is simply my favourite. It depends how you like your Pogues - if you like them rough, rowdy and catchy, go for an earlier album. Although I like the rowdy stuff (and there is still plenty of it on this album), for me the genius of the Pogues is the amazing melodies and lyrics that Shane can suddenly hit you with and completely disarm you.
For me, this is the melodic and lyrical high point, with Shane finding new inspiration (and even contentment) in the Far East. The genius of the album is that there is a Far Eastern dreamlike quality but it isn't at all contrived - Shane has just absorbed it effortlessly. For me the album shows a whole different side to the band.