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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000A39FL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Fall are set to embark on an extensive UK tour during October as they promote Fall Heads Roll. The band, fronted by the incomparable Mark E. Smith, have enjoyed a career spanning almost 30 years and their new album finds them at their very best, with Smith sneering over tracks laden with garage rock guitar and pummelling rhythm sections. 14 tracks in total including "Ride Away", "Pacifying Joint", "What About Us", "Midnight Aspen", "Assume", "Midnight Aspen Reprise", "Blindness" and more.

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Forty-two line ups in some twenty eight years--but with gurning, prose-churning champion of invective jabberwocky Mark E Smith remaining constant at the helm--heads have indeed rolled within the ranks of interloping non-conformists The Fall. There has been, however, no loss of the band's conceptual objectivity. Heads Will Roll throws The Fall's idiot-savant oevre into sharper focus at a time when the band's profile--in the wake of the death of long term advocate John Peel--has never been higher. Cynics, therefore, may view the single release of a cover of Roy Woods' psych-pop classic "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" as commercial exploitation but Fall fans, as ever, will surely view any lofty chart placings as either entirely incidental or just another Mark E Smith double-bluff masterstroke. On the balance of probability The Fall fans are probably right; Smith's chatter of asbestos powered rifles, Bo Diddly, Heathrow airport, rubbish receptacles and Harold Shipman still marks The Fall out as rambling outsiders, although such is The Fall's extending influence that the band's organised garage-punk sound is now less of a shock than Smith's verbose spluttering. Brilliant but as cryptic as ever, Fall fans will chose their own favourite tracks. Will it be the rasping, solo JJ Burnel-style insistence of "Blindness", the nagging chant-along of "Pacifying Joint" or the punk police siren guitar of "Assume"? Or maybe the Gypsy Kings jam of "Early Days Of Channel Fuehrer"? Infuriatingly baffling. Who'd have it any other way? --Kevin Maidment

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This is premium Fall, it sounds really fresh and revitalised after the troubled times of a few years back. Smith sounds fired up, the band are tight, the whole thing sounds like they are having fun again. For a band who've made more classic albums than most bands have songs, it's great to have such a brilliant new album. Heavy, rolling, locked-groove bass-lines, catchy tunes (well I think so), Smith is almost even singing at some points. Ride Away has choppy guitar and almost an oompah feel, but of course sounds like The Fall. Blindness lurches with menace, a bit like Big New Prinz. I can Hear The Grass grow would be in the charts, if I was in charge; it's a bit like Infotainment Scan period stuff. There's hints of Free range in all this too, and Dr Buck's Letter.
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By J. Mann VINE VOICE on 17 April 2006
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I've followed The Fall for ages and this is one of their strongest albums. The opening track is unusual - they usually provide a very powerful and driving opening track so I guess this is something to stop them getting too predictable. The album as a whole is very good, every track is excellent and it is something you can listen to over and over again.

I find it difficult to decide if they have created a new Fall sound - as Smith has done in the past for example with Levitate - or if they have returned to the sound of a previous era. My conclusion is that this album takes all that was good about The Fall in the past and has bottled it, as if there was some essence of Fall that Smith just keeps making more and more pure.
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Most groups' best albums usually come early on in their careers. However, The Fall's are dotted about within their bulging corpus of work. But then The Fall have never been like most groups. There are four or five tracks on this album that compare well with anything Mark E Smith has written in the past 'Blindness', 'Pacifying Joint' and 'What About Us' in particular. The (now departed) band are excellent with thunderous rhythms to the fore and riffs driven into the ground like fence posts. If you haven't picked up a Fall album for years, I'd recommend this as a good place to get back on board!
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The Fall return to their riff dominated repetitious best with this latest release. Dominated by driving garage rock with more than a nod towards the Stooges this album however has a couple of more reflective pastoral pieces with the elegiac "Midnight Aspen" offering an sideways nod to Hunter S Thompson. The driving "Youwanner" is a synthesis of all that is great about this latest incarnation of the band. Smiths acerbic wit is written large across the album with no ex band member or stone left unturned. A marvellous album repeating the return to form begun with "The Real New Fall LP".
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While I'm of the persuasion that every Fall album is decent - 'Room to Live', 'Cerebral Caustic' & 'Are You Are Missing Winner?' have several moments - there are certain titles that stand out and join the classic Fall album set: 'Live at the Witch Trials', 'Grotesque (after the gramme)', 'Hex Enduction Hour', 'This Nation's Saving Grace', 'Bend Sinister', 'Extricate','Shiftwork', 'The Infotainment Scan', 'The Marshall Suite' & 'The Unutterable.' The obligatory line-up changes have occurred since the last classic double whammy of 'Marshall' & 'Unutterable' - as the last two Peel Sessions show, the most recent line up(s) have found a new Fall on rare form. Anyone who has seen them live recently - I had the pleasure in Stratford Upon Avon last week - will know this is another great version of The Fall. 2003's 'The Real New Fall LP - Formerly 'Country on the Click' was the first classic move, an album almost as good as this and one to add to the Fall classics list. The line-up almost survives here - Ben Pritchard (guitar/backing vocals), Eleni Poulou (synthesiser/vocals) and the ever present Mark E. Smith traded in David Milner abd Jim Watts for Spencer Birtwistle & Steve Trafford. Amazingly the progress from 2003 onwards has continued and 'Fall Heads Roll' shows the new Fall are as great as the old Fall. As much as I love the reissues of the albums I love, 'Fall Heads Roll' shows the contemporary version is the most important. I can't think of a Fall album I'd like to listen to more NOW...
These songs have been around a few years - live, the final Peel Session from 2004 and on the 'Interim' mini-LP - the latter perhaps working in a similar manner to something short and sweet like 'Slates.
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Thirty years have passed since The Fall released their seminal debut, Live At The Witch Trials. While the band appeared to be in decline, 2003’s Real New Fall LP was hoped by many to indicate that the fire and passion that saw them knock out classics like Dragnet, Grotesque and Perverted By Language with almost casual regularity has returned.
Opener Ride Away is as jaunty a tune as they’ve released since their version of The Kinks’ Victoria. The electronic swirls bop along to a ragged reggae skank and a one-two beat with Mark E Smith’s cheeky, intermittent, “hey hey” is a perfect introduction to what is the most frequently brilliant Fall album since This Nation’s Saving Grace.
Pacifying Joint has Eleni Smith’s synthesiser zipping over the kind of dirge guitars that only The Fall do this well. That Smith’s lyrics are delivered in the perfect drawl is but icing on the cake. Blindness, having appeared on both Interim and the Peel Sessions Box Set, will be the track most anticipated by Fall fans. Harking back to their long-standing rule that ‘longer is better’ and sounding meaner than ever, Smith’s band demonstrate the magic that can make seven minutes of the same riff feel like a far too short length of time. Later, Smith deconstructs The Move’s I Can Hear The Grass Grow by literally tearing apart the original’s multi-layered arrangements and turning it into a raucous singalong.
Only the Mark E Smith-less Trust In Me (which, annoyingly, closes out the set) sounds out of place on an album which not only proves that The Fall can live up to their legend but, in fact, are more than able to surpass it.
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