Hell's Ditch is perhaps The Pogues' most dwelling album into the counterculture of mythic piracy and celtic rowdiness. Shane MacGowan, the band's chief songwriter and vocalist provides his usual, uncanny, slurred, drunken vocals, with the help of traditional celtic barroom music behind his vindictive narratives. The lyrical content (I believe as said by Med) is almost completely incomprehendable, yet manages to purvey images exactly of what MacGowan is saying. The history of the Pogues' substance abuse, and rowdy music is an enjoyable listen. Not near perfect (as it is Irish folk music) but it pertains a certain lightheartedness that is fun to listen to, and even more fun to kick the crap out of people to in a pub brawl. Mandolin, banjo, and accordion provide the celtic rapture of Hell's Ditch's sound, while acoustic guitar and simple drum beats (and maybe a hint of bass) simply keep the music on beat and together. The band was 'responsible' for inventing the Celtic Punk genre, and the sound definitely backs that assumption. Their sound is captivated in todays music, and Hell's Ditch is the drunken Pirate persona to its full potential.
[quote=zebra]Sunny Side of the Street owns. Hands down the best track off the album. [/quote]
That's the only one I have heard is the rest of the album far behind Sunny side of the Street?
This Message Edited On 08.14.06