As Fall albums go, this is probably their best. The songs are diverse, they are dense with lyrics, and the music, though not really compelling or particularly complex, is absolutely vital as a partner to these lyrics. Recording quality needs improvement, though. Sounds too garagey in quality with the music not matching the garage feel. Look up the lyrics (the unofficial Fall fan page has the most "accurate"). No, really.
The Classical: Hard to get past the racial slur on it (middle finger to Mark Smith for that one), but the song is centered around the annoyance of products that have the attention to the wrong details. You understand this song more if you listen to live versions when he goes on about "dear customer, here is your new Ford Kawasaki Excel Escort, inspected by Fred here, in the white coat. Please note: the coin slots on the dashboard. Please note: the elephant house odor of the dashboard. The bumpers...uhh they do alright. The tires are especially resistant to snow, sleet, and hail. Hail the Classical!" So that does help complete the picture originally driven by the bit about the razor unit in the studio version.
Jawbone and the Air Rifle: Funny lyrics, driving song. Peel version is vastly better, but this is a great listen regardless.
Hip Priest: Mark Smith singing out a personal vendetta. A must listen, though I personally hate the song (that is, glad I listened, get and appreciate the point of the song, don't like it still). I liked the redux on Kurious Oranj much better.
Fortress/Deer Park: Wow, what fantastic lyrics partially about (I think) Hampstead Heath, which is a London park. Starts out with "here on the Vitamin B Glandular Show" and goes up from there. Great song, highly highly repetitious music. Describing the rape of a 16 year old Moroccan girl as "they got a sex thrill out of a sixteenth of Moroccan" is brutally effective.
Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.: The Fall at their atonal best. Live versions of this tend to update the lines to keep it current. Good punky feel.
Winter/Winter2: Quite descriptive poetic lyrics. Among the top 3 for lyricism in Fall songs. Really brilliant stuff. Solid music too.
Just Step S'ways: Not a fan of this song.
Who Makes the Nazis?: Great polemic. Almost Beatnik music in the background.
Iceland: I just can't get into this song. Just doesn't work.
And This Day: No thank you. Like some sort of drunken orgy, but with even worse sex.
In conclusion, this is probably the most lyrically dense Fall album you will find, and a must listen. Interesting music, 4 stars due to my dislike of the last 2 tracks.