Powerful, stylistically diverse and still an eminently satisfying listen, The Pogues’ third album, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, was the band’s biggest commercial success and also their creative high-point.
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“Everything came together”
First released on 18 January 1988, in the wake of their biggest hit, Fairytale Of New York, If I Should Fall From Grace With God shot to No.3 in the UK and swiftly earned Shane MacGowan’s team a gold disc. However, while the seminal Kirsty MacColl-enhanced track – consistently hailed as one of the best Christmas songs of all time – inevitably remains a highlight of If I Should Fall From Grace With God, the fact it didn’t eclipse the rest of the album revealed just how potent an outfit The Pogues were at this stage of their career.