PEACE & LOVE
More madness, mayhem and magic from England's finest Irish
folk/punk rock band? Sure. And more. This album finds the group again roaming
expansive musical terrain. There's the startling big-band, jazz/spy movie
music intro of ''Gridlock,'' a foray into semi-calypso with an infectious,
joyous, dread- filled ''Blue
Heaven.'' Main songwriter and slurry singer Shane MacGowan steps back
a bit. Multi-instrumentalist Terry Woods takes a couple of writing and lead
vocal turns. Guitarist Philip Chevron also wrote and sang on two. Both handle
the tasks well, providing a contrast with MacGowan's bark. Producer Steve
Lillywhite continues to display a deft, sympathetic touch with the Pogues.
The band blends cynicism and romanticism with lilting, uplifting songs about
oft sorry subjects. The Pogues retain the spirit and spark.
|| Publication: The Boston Globe |
Date Printed: Thursday, August 31, 1989
By: Jim Sullivan, Globe Staff
Copyright 1989, The Boston
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