If I Should Fall from Grace with God is the third studio album by Irish folk-punk band the Pogues, released on 18 January 1988.[1] Released in the wake of their biggest hit single, "Fairytale of New York", If I Should Fall from Grace with God also became the band's best-selling album, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and reaching the top ten in several other countries.

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If I Should Fall from Grace with God
Studio album by
Released18 January 1988 (1988-01-18)
Recorded1987
StudioRAK Studios, London
The Town House, London (strings)
Genre
Length51:43
LabelPogue Mahone/Warner Music Group (UK and Europe)
Island (US and Canada)
ProducerSteve Lillywhite
The Pogues chronology
Poguetry in Motion
(1986)
If I Should Fall from Grace with God
(1988)
Peace and Love
(1989)
Alternative cover
Original 1988 US & Canada album cover
Singles from If I Should Fall from Grace with God
  1. "Fairytale of New York"
    Released: 23 November 1987
  2. "If I Should Fall from Grace with God"
    Released: 22 February 1988
  3. "Fiesta"
    Released: 4 July 1988
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If I Should Fall from Grace with God saw the departure of original bassist Cait O'Riordan and the addition of her former bandmate Darryl Hunt, Phil Chevron and ex-Steeleye Span member Terry Woods to the line-up. Woods and Chevron (the only two members of The Pogues actually born in Ireland) contributed the first original songs to a Pogues album not written by singer Shane MacGowan or banjo player Jem Finer, and the album also saw the band begin to move away from their Irish folk/punk roots and start to incorporate musical styles from other parts of the world, most notably Turkey and Spain. Many of the songs' lyrics return to familiar themes in Pogues songs, such as emigration from Ireland or returning to the country and having to adapt to the changes that have taken place after a long absence, but other tracks dwell on Irish political history or protecting children from the issues encountered as adults.

Critically acclaimed, If I Should Fall from Grace with God marked the high point of the band's commercial success. Finer called the record "a very cohesive album that drew on a lot of styles. Everything came together and it was very focused. That [album is] really the creative peak for me, in terms of the whole band being on a wavelength."[2]