The Fall, Your Future Our Clutter

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 07.11.12 in Reviews

This 2010 set is the closest post-2000 Fall has come to approximating the sound of late-’80s Fall, down to the “ah-ah-ah-ooooh!” backing vocals and rockabilly swing of “Hot Cake.” It’s also got the broadest range of tone they’ve attempted lately: This lineup tends to default to rocking out (and “Y.F.O.C./Slippy Floor” thrashes as hard as anything in the catalogue), but this time they get to slither and canter a bit too. The album’s jewel is its closing track, “Weather Report 2,” which finds Mark E. Smith in a rare elegiac, meditative mood (despite sentencing the cast of “Murder, She Wrote” to death), until a low digital throb sweeps the song away. Smith tries to take over again; by the end, he’s whispering “You don’t deserve rock ‘n’ roll.”