Source: The Times
Author: David Sinclair
Copyright: (c) The Times
SHANE MACGOWAN & THE POPES: THE CROCK OF GOLD
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THE second solo album by Shane MacGowan is another collection of his faux-Irish drinking songs, knocked out with the same bleary imprecision for which he was once ridiculed but is now increasingly revered.
His punk fervour has dimmed over the years, but MacGowan retains an ear for a jaunty tune and a rare gift for narrative storytelling. Songs such as Paddy Rolling Stone and St John of Gods remind us of the enduring intimate relationship between tragedy and farce.