9 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many are the Fall fans who meet each new release with expectance, apprehension and a sense of weariness. After all, Mark E. Smith has been making records since the late ‘70s and no matter the line-up backing him has turned the music into a one-man rant. In recent years, his band has stepped up the musical pulse, finding a groove and melody amongst the industrial clang with keyboards and guitars that somehow navigate without disrupting their fearless leader. Smith has been at this for years and his stubborn approach means a tense bravado leading his near-atonal singing. “O.F.Y.C. Showcase” sets up the schematic as the guitar seeks out a tortured rockabilly riff under the relentless pounding. “Bury, Pts. 1 & 3” is more distorted garage rock where the lo-fidelity ramps up the urgency. “Mexico Wax Solvent” is the Fall worming their way to the dance floor with their perverse streak intact. Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” gets the Manchester shiver sent through its young rock ‘n’ roll soul. Smith is one of the few rock visionaries who refuses to compromise for anyone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many are the Fall fans who meet each new release with expectance, apprehension and a sense of weariness. After all, Mark E. Smith has been making records since the late ‘70s and no matter the line-up backing him has turned the music into a one-man rant. In recent years, his band has stepped up the musical pulse, finding a groove and melody amongst the industrial clang with keyboards and guitars that somehow navigate without disrupting their fearless leader. Smith has been at this for years and his stubborn approach means a tense bravado leading his near-atonal singing. “O.F.Y.C. Showcase” sets up the schematic as the guitar seeks out a tortured rockabilly riff under the relentless pounding. “Bury, Pts. 1 & 3” is more distorted garage rock where the lo-fidelity ramps up the urgency. “Mexico Wax Solvent” is the Fall worming their way to the dance floor with their perverse streak intact. Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” gets the Manchester shiver sent through its young rock ‘n’ roll soul. Smith is one of the few rock visionaries who refuses to compromise for anyone.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
Cogsin ,

On the arrival of another great Fall album...

It's astonishing that a band, 30+ years into their career, could deliver something like this. Not so unusual, though, for The Fall. Though there have been highs and lows over the last three decades (and for me, the last two albums were spotty), this is a fine example of the Fall hitting their stride. Mark paired with the right people at the right time (like "Fall Heads Roll" and "Country on the Click") with the right songs and creating a classic. Well worth the (relatively long) wait for YFOC.

Jon Raleigh ,

Shouldn't miss

Like all The Fall albums, this is worth it. Like all great musicians, Mark E. Smith aged well. Not only am I impressed with this, but I'm looking to the next 20 albums.

redstar60 ,

One of the best from a great band

Having bought Fall albums for over 30 years I was astounded at how good this one is. Well up there with the best of them all. Buy it and see for yourself!

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