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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 1972
  • ASIN: B00APWITG0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Jannuzi on 12 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Sound were such critical favorites--on both sides of the Atlantic. I remember the rock critic for the New York Times (how many rock reviews do you even read there?) saying things like they and the Chameleons were the best bands making rock. And they were!
The album 'Jeopardy' is more a product of the punk era; the following 'From the Lion's Mouth' fits more with what U2 or Teardrop Explodes were doing at the time. 'All Fall Down', however, is known as a difficult or even inaccessible album.
It's not, and there are some really lovely tunes on it. But the approach is more like if Phillip Glass were to make music in a rock band. These guys played tightly, and Adrian Borland clearly wanted to push the rock medium while still keeping it rock. Amid a lot of dissonance and jarring sounds, some beautiful tunes do emerge: 'Party of My Mind' and 'Where the Love Is' and the absolutely awesome 'Monument'.
Even if you aren't a Sound completist, this album belongs in your collection along with 'Jeopardy' and 'From the Lion's Mouth'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Juan on 20 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
We all have our pet bands, bands that not many other people have really listened to or know very much about. There are bands like Comsat Angels and The Chameleons who never achieved the fame of lesser talents. But of all of them surely it's The Sound who are the most obscure. It's a little esoteric if you've even heard of their existence.

Yet there are legions of people who shout out their talent. And it's true, they made some of the most hauntingly beautiful music of the Eighties. Some say they may have been a little derivative of Joy Division ('Where The Love Is' which is the last track of Side 1 may be a case in point, and anyway all popular music is 'derivative' - Elvis was the first to be so), but they had so much more, and it's still a great song.

'Song And Dance' (first song on Side 2) has a jazzy rock sound which is totally unique. And 'Monument' is one of the most powerful bits of music I have ever heard. All Fall Down is majestic, tuneful, melodic and timeless. Even when they sound a bit like Duran Duran on 'Calling The New Tune' it is simply a reflection of the period they were recording. This album came out a year after their considered masterpiece 'From The Lions Mouth' and in my opinion at least equals it musically.

Maybe it was because they came from a leafy suburb in the South of England, rather than some industrial wasteland up North and that their singer Adrian Borland didn't have that impoverished look that would suit a dark overcoat is why they never made it. But if you like thoughtful, inspired rock music get this CD. That is, get this CD if the record company pulls their finger out and re-releases the back catalogue. It's a crime Renascent, sort it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 26 Jan. 2013
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Just about everything they did was great. The Sound were cruelly overlooked and neglected in the eighties. They should have been as huge as U2.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dispelling the Myth that this is Inaccessible & Bleak. 7 Jun. 2004
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't listen to those who dismiss this record as a dark, bleak, un-pop-friendly departure from their previous work. Legend has it that their record company, WEA, wanted accessible pop tunes, and the Sound responded to the pressure with "All Fall Down." Offended, WEA sent the band packing, while the record was said to have polarized even the most hardcore Sound fans. While there's nothing here that would've really troubled the top 40 charts, there's also little to suggest that this is anything but the next logical progression from their second record, the stunning post-punk classic "From the Lion's Mouth." "All Fall Down" is a bit more challenging in some ways, but the handful of such moments are balanced by several musically upbeat, poppy, melodic songs. This just isn't the challenging, cold slab of bleakness that most critics would have you believe.

The poppier element here is best exemplified by "Calling the New Tune" and "Party of the Mind," two upbeat, hooky songs, while "We Could Go Far" ends on a beautifully melancholy note with chiming, melodic guitars and soothing synths. Others, like the dissonant "Glass and Smoke" and the title track, hint at the kind of darkness critics often point to, but those are only the darker numbers that are part of a much more varied whole. "In Suspence" and "Red Paint" straddle the line between pop and bleakness quite effectively. "Monument", on the other hand, is one of the most accessible songs of their career.

Ultimately, while this album offers a more texturally lush and atmospheric sound than its predecessor, song for song it's not as consistent. But if you like the Sound, there's absolutely no reason not to buy this. It's not their best effort, but it still provides an engrossing listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not the usual song and dance 17 Dec. 2011
By Green-Eyed Owl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording died the commercial death almost 30 years ago but the amount of units sold doesn't equate to the excellence, craftmanship and passion of the art within. If you have not heard The Sound before, "All Fall Down" might be the place to start despite all the differing opinions on this fine lp. It has all the elements that made The Sound one of the best bands of the 1980s and it highlights what a creative soul Adrian Borland was. Always a fantastic, inventive guitar player, here, on this lp, you'll find some of his most spare guitar playing juxaposed by some of his best soloing which was always timely and mostly brief having cut his teeth on greats like Iggy Pop and The Stooges. Ultimately, this lp is all about the details. There are plenty of hooks and flouishes and most important, well crafted songs. I said if you haven't heard this band before you might want to start here. If you like it, you are in and will certainly be eager to check out the rest of the catalog. And if you do, you'll be better off for the effort. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If this was their worst, I'd like to hear their best 23 Oct. 2006
By L. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the third album of the great underrated band The Sound, and considered by many to be a weak follow-up to their classic From The Lion's Mouth. I wasn't going to get this album from all I heard about it, but I saw it marked down in a store and bought it on an impluse. And I was surprised to discover many songs I can't live without! I had Monument in my head after one listen. After playing the CD a couple more times, I came to love In Suspense, Where The Love Is and We Could Go Far. The biggest treat was the bonus track Sorry; I'm completely puzzled why it was left off the original album. The only reason I rate this four stars and not five is that there are several not-so-good tracks. That doesn't matter; I still got 8 cuts for my iPod out of this CD and they're great ones--what more can you expect from an album?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My second all time favourite record 10 May 2002
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Something of a concept album, named by the epic 'Glass and Smoke' with it's building spasms and internal tensions. The synth work constantly emphasises sheets of glass, metalic substances and steel being torched. This harshness is combined with moments of heart stopping beauty and romance. Love in the urban jungle? There are some truly sublime guitar breaks which act as almost a bridge between the two contradictions.
A very modernist record that still sounds fresh.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superior 80s Angst Rock 14 Jun. 2013
By Rimshot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is my favorite The Sound record. Listening to this after 25 years or so I was left asking the question, "why didn't they make it big?". They are contemporaries of bands like U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, and even REM. Yet they sunk like a stone. They were certainly as good as their peers.

Happily and finally most of their catalogue is now available on imported CD. They aged very well. To my aged ears they sound fresh and just as urgent as they did way back when.
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