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By official count The Fall’s 29th studio album, Ersatz G.B. is another solid collection of Mark E. Smith ramblings. Who else would write a nasty tune and name it “Greenway” after his band's current guitarist, Peter Greenway? Smith sounds particularly agitated as he recounts a series of mishaps regarding a band that's been nicking his sound, while the band grinds close to metallic. The keyboards comes out to play and the current Mrs. Smith, Elena Poulou, smooths over the ruffled feathers that are further ruffled on the brutal “Cosmos 7,” “Age of Chang," and “Nate Will Not Return” (where The Stooges’ “T.V. Eye” is sped up and put through the Fall processor). “Monocard” spreads out for more than eight minutes, for the nearest thing to a jam that Smith is likely to allow. You can never count out The Fall. Just as Your Future Our Clutter announced that the group was revitalized, Ersatz G.B. takes that dominance and plays with it. Songs like these reveal themselves over the long haul, and Fall fans have proven up to the task.

Customer Reviews

Slightly off the boil

I am slightly disappointed with this album. It does not match up to their previous hits and I feel that they are selling out. I feel that they are trying to keep up and match bands such as One Direction and The Wanted and by doing so have lost their uniqueness. I am not sure if Mark E Smith has had Olly Murs playing non-stop on his IPod but I for one do not appreciate the underlying tones that so called popular culture have had on my beloved Fall. Disappointing.


Another amazing Fall record. Can't quite believe how consistent they've been since "Country On The Click"

With regards to the review below about liking The Fall because fans see them as "underground" or "edgy" ?!?....- you just don't get it. That's fine,- that's your opinion; but the fact remains: You'll never find another band like this... They are totally unique; producing music for an albeit minority audience, but NEVER compromising.
Their fan base may be small, but you will be hard-pushed to find a more devoted and passionate one.
Long may they reign.

Mighty Fall as always

As John Peel once said, always different,always the same.
This is another glorious racket to add the other 28 slabs of magic.
It makes this old punk happy to know that in this XFactor world there's still a spark of originality left.
There's some lovely rockabilly rhythms,some heavy riffing,pounding drums, theres even some vocal gargling!
Went to see them last night and I've still got a smile on my face!
Hilarious comment from my mate," the bands brilliant but the singers awful"!!
Long live M.E.S


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer lived or more prolific than the Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the center of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming, bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, the Fall went through a number of shifts in musical style, yet the foundation of their sound was a near-cacophonous,...
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