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Ersatz G.B. [CD]

The Fall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B005O93QP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Mask Search 2:400.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Happi Song 4:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Monocard 8:080.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. I've Seen Them Come 6:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Age Of Chang 3:270.89  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

There is a myth surrounding The Fall. It is of Mark E. Smith’s making, whether intentional or not. And that myth is that is that whoever plays the instruments in The Fall makes no difference. When you form so many line-ups of a band in 35 years and sack so many members in so many acrimonious circumstances that the changes literally fill up a book – The Fallen, by Dave Simpson – it’s no wonder that all your musicians appear interchangeable as far as the media is concerned.

But Fall fans know different. There are two genuinely great versions of The Fall – the 1976-79 line-up and the 1987-90 group. Even they had members come and go – including Marc ‘Lard’ Riley in the first and Smith’s American ex-wife Brix Smith in the second – but they were all great musicians and composers who did interesting things in a very specific and immediately recognisable style; and who, like all Fall members, had to be because Mark E. Smith isn’t a musician and relies on his musicians to co-write the tunes. So the problem with The Fall in 2011 is straightforward, really. The band isn’t very good. Or, to put it another way, they are very slick and versatile rock musicians, but they have absolutely no sound of their own.

On this 29th Fall studio album there is a rockabilly one and a metal one and a Velvet Underground one and a couple of Krautrock ones and a few that sound like a vaguely gothic 80s alt-rock band jamming while the singer’s away taking drugs with Duran Duran. There’s even one – Laptop Dog – that sounds a bit like The Fall. But the only thing that unifies the songs on Ersatz G.B. is Smith doing his disgruntled drunk ranting at the telly while chewing a wasp thing. And no matter how entertaining that can still be – the best moment is when he suddenly yelps "I had to w*** off the cat to feed the f*****’ dog!" on Greenway – turgid and anonymous music is turgid and anonymous music, and especially when the album’s typically Smithian theme of a British culture that "disintegrates in your hands" is picking disappointingly easy targets like Snow Patrol on Mask Search.

Not that one wants to put the jobs of this Fall line-up under any more threat than they naturally are, especially Smith’s current missus Elena Poulou, whose Nico-meets-Ari Up lead vocal on Happi Song is easily the best thing here. But Smith made an electronic album called Tromatic Reflexxions under the name Von Südenfed with the two members of Mouse on Mars back in 2007, and that was far better than anything The Fall have recorded since Shift-Work way back in 1991. The musicians matter. Even in The Fall.

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The Fall album Ersatz GB is the 29th studio release by Mark E Smith and his band, and was released in 2011 on Cherry Red Records. The album marks the first time in which the same Fall lineup has remained in place for three albums - Mark E Smith, Eleni Poulou, David Spurr, Keiron Melling and Pete Greenway. <b>Tracklisting:</b> 1. Cosmos 7 2. Taking Off 3. Nate Will Not Return 4. Mask Search 5. Greenway 6. Happi Song 7. Monocard 8. Laptop Dog 9. I've Seen Them Come 10. Age of Chang

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Fall album! 1 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A bit late but here's my thoughts / review.
01 Cosmos
This sets the scene - strident, punky, direct.
It's not the most complex song, as some have suggested, but this doesn't matter, it's like a mission statement, an introduction for what's to come - and, like much of the album, fun!
02 Taking Off
This conjures memories of late 70's new wave (Television, Blondie), paranoid cityscapes, and features some beautiful keyboard textures. Marvellous sound to this one - one of the biggest achievements of this album for me is the impressive production. This track just builds and builds, wonderful.
03 Nate
Another great production! How can anyone complain about this song when it *sounds* this good. Doubters! Don't listen to this on your pc speakers or a crappy portable (surely the only reason anyone could be not 'getting' this album) - try a decent set of headphones or hi-fi! Still don't get it? The mind boggles...
Nate features blistering, squawking guitar, which along with the pummelling drumming and quieter but solid bass propels the song, as MES rasps, gargles and intones his rhyme.
04 Mask Search
The Fall back in rockabilly mode, had to come sooner or later. MES' voice is close mic'd here...At face value this seems less demanding, but like much of the album, relax and let it in, and it's fun like more of this album, and keeps thing rolling and the pace fast. Enjoy.
05 Greenway
The fun quotient is upped more with this demented classic!
After the introductory it's 'good enough for...' gargles, MES' spoken style here reminds of a John Cleese rant, and it's just hysterical (more for the way it's said, than what's said)! Topped off by his ridiculous telling-off-a-naughty-schoolboy catcalling "Green-way!" The 'w*nk off...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not Nate, I rate... 15 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good record. It's playful, bright, fun and hilarious in places. The production seems so different from everything else they have recorded. Very different from Y.F.O.C. I have been enjoying the live version of 'Greenway' for a while and was keen to see how it translated on record. I have to say at first I wasn't too sure, but after a few listens I got it! Its absurdly funny! I heard some reviews saying M.E.S sounds really angry on it but he's just having a laugh, a stand out track. 'Taking Off' is a great pop song, great grooves. To be honest there isn't a duff track here. 'Happi song' will divide fans in much the same way 'C.R.E.E.P' does but it's still worthy of it's place on the album. The band has really developed, Peter Greenway's playing is simply superb, he lets rip a bit more on this record. Spurr the eagle adds so much depth to the songs and Melling is just fanatastic. Eleni's Keyboards are essential to the mix, she obviously is using loads of analogue layers which brings a nice warmth to the songs. M.E.S seems to be employing a few different vocal techniques as well, in fact its that which brings the album to life. In short, its brilliant.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected... 21 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
...And so we come to album #29 by The Fall, in the words of Stewart Lee "Still Britain's most vital band." And, as ever, it's a case of 'expect the unexpected'. After the clean-cut production of 2010's 'Your Future Our Clutter', Ersatz GB finds MES & his henchmen in the most abrasive territory I've heard since 'Fall Heads Roll's 'Blindness' - though it has to be said nothing on here comes remotely close to the majesty of that particular track.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this really does border on metal in places, difficult to beleve though that is. And if you think Mark has sounded like a tramp ranting in the park on previous recordings then brace yourself for these surreal cement-mixer diatribes. Who else but the bard of Salford could come out with lines like "I'm sick of Snow Patrol...and where to find Esso lubricant"? The one let-up in proceedings is the slightly plodding Eleni-vocalled 'Happi Song', which didn't do a lot for me, I have to say.

All in all, it just goes to show that you never can predict The Fall and that's what makes them such an exciting and important group. How many curmudgeonly 54-year old blokes are knocking out stuff like this? If you're a proper Fall fan, there are no 'bad' LPs - merely less brilliant ones. This definitely belongs, for my money, in the latter category but, hey, it's The Fall. Four stars.
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14 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monochord 14 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
In the interests of a balanced review, let's have some insights from the Fall's fan forum...

ethant: The best since The Unutterable, I can't stop listening to it. I haven't been able to say that since The Unutterable. Could end up being in my top 5 Fall albums.

Audrey Wetherspoon: I keep going back to it hoping to hear what you're all hearing. But every time I do I feel underwhelmed afresh... it feels underwritten, one-dimensional, slightly too self-referencing. But worst of all, a bit generic. These songs could have come off any album made since FHR, I reckon. And that's without mentioning the gargle.

Kapitän: It took 4-5 listens though, at first I was slightly disappointed. The music is still a bit one dimensional, on the surface a little too much towards a balls to the wall 'hard rock' sound - but the playing is by far the best and most energetic from this group. Pete's really come out of his shell, and Kieron (allthough always a great basher) really drives the songs forward with some finesse and timing this time. So many times where I just go "yes" when he whips up the intensity at the right place. Where YFOC was pretty shiny, and hit the spot right away, this one is murkier and requires some deciphering. But it's very well produced, not cack-handed like much of IWS, and still with a lot of grit and bite. I think the record showcases everything what's good about this version of The Fall, probably this is as good as it gets? The weaknesses are still there, but at this point I feel the album's got such a rush of energy they're pretty well hidden...

Cod Shellfish: Am finding it very amenable to repeated listening. One thing about it is that it ebbs and flows so well as an album.

Audrey Wetherspoon: I listened to it again this morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SALFORD SATCHMO SIGNING
Any review of new Fall product has little hope of attracting converts...the product stream being whiskered enough to prompt a confirmation of chronological numbering on the latest... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by Mr. Peter Nicholas Zear
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
I dunno really what to make of this album, have been a fan of the mighty Fall for over 20 years, Great to hear Smiffy (after the slurry albums of past), and love the growling, but... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by question mark
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the Fall after all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solide
Musicalement, cet album est solide. Cette fois-ci c'est le guitariste Greenway qui sort du lot comparativement aux précédents albums marqués par le jeu du... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the Fall
Anticipated for months and now savouring the latest excellent Fall album Erstz G.B. It is a cliche now the late great John Peel's quote about the Fall,' Always different always the... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Mr. I. E. Clowsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Always different - always the same
29 studio albums in over 30 years. You'd think they'd be good at it by now.
They are. Very good.
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by G. Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
I guess the question must arise when giving stars for a review as to whether the stars reflect what the author/band is capable of - i.e. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by J. Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars Raise those devil horns in the sky it's....... The Fall?
My disclaimer at the beginning of this review is that I am a massive Fall fan and to be honest (barring the dancey 90's period) they can do no wrong in my eyes. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Mr. AJ Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Fall Album
So much for Mark E Smith's assertion that this would be The Fall's 'Greek Heavy Metal' album: Ersatz GB is firmly rooted in the now well-established late period Fall sound of... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Chankos
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange-ness
A pretty strange record, but one with a consistent seam of sound. YFOC was rather over-produced for me (a bit too Franz Ferdinand); EGB is perfect - no evidence of a 'chain round... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Mr. William R. Parkes
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