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Album Review

With plenty of comps, live albums, archival sets, and other whatnot in the Fall's huge discography, stopgap EPs hardly stand out, but The Remainderer deserves to be noted. Even if it is frustratingly short, this purposeful monster kicks off with the throbbing, strong, midtempo title track, which is typical Fall at the top of their game, before the winding "Amorator!" offers some soft and circular sounds that are new to the veteran indie band's sonic palette. Two arty epics fill the middle bit before a Gene Vincent medley of covers and a crisp and snide tune about tablets closes this surprisingly sharp, surprisingly forceful EP.

Biography

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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