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Extricate [CD]

The Fall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000006YMA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Sing Harpy
2. I'm Frank
3. Bill Is Dead
4. Black Monk Theme
5. Popcorn Double Feature
6. Telephone Thing
7. Hilary
8. Chicago Now
9. Littlest Rebel
10. And Therein...
11. Black Monk Theme (2)
12. Arms Control Poseur
13. British People In Hot Weather
14. Extricate

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Fall, But Genius 25 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
After the almost sabbatical form of the nonetheless brilliant Kurious Oranj, Mark E Smith wrote this album in the shadow of what was for the non mainstream music world in 1989 a very public divorce, and in the apogee of Madchester. Consequently, there is a greater balance of internal reflection and wrath than his usual outward cultural observations, although these are still present in various forms such as British People in Hot Weather and Telephone Thing.
The great surprises are to be found on Bill Is Dead, where a tenderness and emotional honesty is conveyed movingly before the full on assault of Black Monk Theme Part I, a screeching and hollering release, most obviously at his ex-wife, and brilliant. Other highlights are Pop Corn Double Feature, a withering and witty attack on an apparently decaying Britain, and I'm Frank, an apparent tribute to Frank Zappa.
Many die-hard Fall fans don't like this as it is far more open to merely curious music fans - which is just snobbery. However, it is a fantastic album, and while it is perhaps not as oblique as others such as Bend Sinister or a true representation of The Fall's overall work,it is an accurate depiction of one of Britain's greatest songwriters at a certain time and place in his and our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! 14 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
For would be Fall fans looking for an inroad into a, frankly, marvellous back catalogue, Extricate represents as good a starting point as any. Almost immediate in its accessibility, it also benefits from repeat listens. You will find trademark Fall basslines which mark each and every Fall album throughout. You will find lyrical humour in abundance. You will find yourself swept along with some wonderful riffs. But beware!! You may find yourself dragged into a life where Mark E Smith becomes a recurring habit. Because once he gets in your head, there he remains......... forever.

From time to time, you may feel you've managed to move on - but just when you think you've escaped, he keeps dragging you back in!!!

He never sleeps!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The reasoning behind my love of The Fall: 13 May 2005
By everywordmeans - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I'm unsure of the reasons why I love this album, but I simply do!

It's not a great album by fan standards, but it was my introduction to the group, and like an infection I have not been able to overcome. It spawned the single "Telephone Thing", but beyond that, it's just great to listen to as a whole because it has an undeniable charm that is solely the property of Mark E. Smith and The Fall. No one sounds like them, and thier uniqueness is strange and poetic, at times snotty and un-danceable. The music and attitude contains everything any recent post-rock group would envy, only it was done before post-rock was even THOUGHT of.

The Fall is a group that paved the way, and were before thier time.

Not a common taste, but surely a memorable one.

I suggest if you're out there hedging, you should take a chance and let this cd seep under your skin. It may take awhile for the group to woo you, but once they do, you'll never look at music the same way again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh... 13 Aug 2007
By Michael T. Burrus - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I love the Fall. I have all their studio albums, some live stuff, some peel sessions and both single compilations. Since my expectations for them are so high, keep in mind that's a high 3 (in other words, it's better than just "okay"), but it's still pretty mild and uninteresting compared to most other Fall records. It's definatly the most wussily produced Fall album ever. The drums are horribly tinny, the keyboards sound cool in the dancey songs like "Telephone Thing" and the title track but others suffer from too much padding or stupid cheesy presets. The "Black Monk Theme"s are pretty uneventful, as is "I'm Frank". But those songs aside, most of the actual melodies are great. It's the actual songwriting is a little lazy at parts and like I said, the production makes them sound like a bunch of sissies. There's some interesting stuff on here though, like "Bill is Dead", a truly beautiful pop song with a melody that's usually wistful for the Fall. One of the most emotional-sounding things they've ever done actually. "Sing! Harpy" is pretty awesome too; it's got some neat sounding violins that go very well in the mix. "And Therin" is probably my favorite though. "Popcorn Double Feature" is a great Searchers cover, but the other covers on here don't do a thing for me. If you're already a big fan, don't let this scare you away. It's probably the least interesting Fall album, but it's not the worst! It's mildly pleasing, but inconsistent...still good though!
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