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Reformation Post TLC
Reformation Post TLC
Price: £4.88

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, bit disappointing, 20 Feb 2007
This review is from: Reformation Post TLC (Audio CD)
This album is wholly listenable, it has the driving guitars and bass you would expect from a Fall album, plus it has those heart stoppingly beautiful moments and melodies you would expect from the Fall. The problem is that there is not enough of them.

To compensate for the lack of musical brilliance that is their trademark, listen to the lyrics and be amused, touched and overawed by Mark E Smith's verbal gymnastics.

The first 3 songs are really the pick of the album musically. The repetitive riffs are mesmerising enough but they are not of the absolute classic mould that you can here in songs like Contraflow, Hot Runes, Cyber Insekt, Elves and countless others. It seems a shame that Mark has left a great band behind him as their previous two albums were scorchers but we all know that he has a self destructive personality which includes his bands aswell.

The rest of the album continues excitingly enough but (and I'll say it again)the songs are not what you expect of the Fall. I would rank this album as midddling, better than efforts such as Middle Class Revolt but falling far short of their classic albums such as The Unutterable, Hex, This Nations Saving Grace.

Buy it though, it is entertaining and musically innovative.

Are You Are Missing Winner
Are You Are Missing Winner
Price: £7.99

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly at their best, 3 July 2006
Like the majority of Fall Albums, this get's better and better the more you listen to it. They are one of the best bands to listen to loud so if you've got understanding neighbours, turn up the volume.

The album positively screeches into the opening track with Jim's 'The Fall' and continues in the same vein with Bourgeois Town, both are trademark Fall tracks, sneering vocals from Mr Smith and great guitar sounds.

I am not a great fan of 'Crop Dust' but other Fall fans may like this considerably depending on their taste, but for me 'My Ex- Classmate's Kids is a bloody classic', possibly one of the best Fall tracks ever and is followed by the rockabilly 'Kick The Can' a riff not dissimilar to 'Hot Runes' from 'The Unutterable' album.

The second half of the album is not as good, the tunes, although wholly listenable are more laid back and not quite so substantial as the first half. Nonetheless 'Ibis-Afro Man' (especially the second half of it) is a stormer (don't be put off by the screeching chimpanzees, as after a couple of listens the track hangs together pretty well)and the last 3 tracks, although OK are a slight let down on the rest of the album which finishes, slightly disappointingly, on a bit of a silly (what,The Fall, surely not)note with Mark E Smith rambling on a bit about someone called Sven who is a 'bastardo'.

Not quite at the top of the Fall pantheon but nonetheless a decent abum supplemented by some extra Fall tracks, most notably the plaintive (Rude) All The Time.

Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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