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.”
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.11.13 in Icons
Roughly 75 people have been members of the Fall over the last 35 years or so, but only one of them has been in every lineup: inimitable vocalist/lyricist/ranter Mark E. Smith, whose singular and monomaniacal vision drive...
By Andrew Parks on 09.17.14 in News
As TV on the Radio get set to release their first album in four years on November 18, co-founder/producer Dave Sitek has revealed his latest business venture. Much like his Federal Prism label, the ACME Creative Group is...
By Garry Mullholland on 09.09.14 in Features
The U.K. post-punks on the self-sabotage of their bizarre live album 'Document & Eyewitness.'
By Andrew Harrison on 05.10.13 in Reviews
Like pigeons, the council dog catcher, street drinkers and the Queen, it feels like The Fall have always been with us. One day they will disappear and we will wonder who we are without Mark E. Smith's free-form jeremiads...