The Pogues-Hell’s Ditch (1990)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Sunnyside Of The Street
  2. Sayonara
  3. The Ghost Of A Smile
  4. Hell’s Ditch
  5. Lorca’s Novena
  6. Summer In Siam
  7. Rain Street
  8. Rainbow Man
  9. The Wake Of The Medusa
  10. House Of The Gods
  11. 5 Green Queens And Jean
  12. Maidrin Rua
  13. Six To Go

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to go drinking on St. Patrick’s day, or just feel like an Irish badass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

That is one butt ugly album cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I’d own it, but I’d hope to find it for cheap.

Final Thoughts:

The Pogues are a staple in any Irish music fans discography. I have yet to really dig into their work but with this first review I am intrigued to keep going. Hell’s Ditch is a lot more slow paced than I imagined it would be, it sounds a lot like music played before the action scene hits on a movie, but not one that is played during the action scene itself. They prove their musicianship through Hell’s Ditch, but it makes you want a little more bite to it, it felt like the tracks were leading up to a climax that never happened. Great music if not a little underwhelming.

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