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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fall albums
I've been listening to this CD for the past few days and am really enjoying it. I liked the Fall when they first started - Live at the Witch Trials, Repetition etc - and stayed with them until the last 80s when I lost interest. However I have recently started to listen to them again, and was very impressed with The Unutterable, but this is better. It is very difficult to...
Published on 2 Nov 2003 by J. Mann

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3.0 out of 5 stars Another rock band
I love The Fall with a fiery passion but there is a bee in my bonnet, let me tell you! If you're reading this you're probibly a Fall maniac and you know the MES is top, The Fall are top, and you know all the reasons and all of that kind of thing.
You'll have listened to Slates, Hex Enduction Hour etc and you'll have marvelled at the ingenuity and greatness of the...
Published on 15 Feb 2004


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fall albums, 2 Nov 2003
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J. Mann - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
I've been listening to this CD for the past few days and am really enjoying it. I liked the Fall when they first started - Live at the Witch Trials, Repetition etc - and stayed with them until the last 80s when I lost interest. However I have recently started to listen to them again, and was very impressed with The Unutterable, but this is better. It is very difficult to pick out any weak tracks on this. There are the tracks with powerful riffs and Smith snarling over the top ("Sparta F-ah, C-ah") but also songs where Smith goes as close as he ever does to actually singing ("Mountain Energei" and "Janet, Johnny and James"). Each track has got something clever and interesting - and enjoyable - about it. I have read that this album was originally planned for release earlier in the year but was held back. It looks as if they have worked hard on the album to make all the tracks really good, instead of just recording for a few days and releasing whatever came out of it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country On The Click, 5 Jan 2005
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
Such is the proliferation of Fall product flooding the market that this album title was needed to guide the confused Fall punter. The subtitle is explained by the fact that the tracks were originally recorded between December 2002 and January 2003 and were mixed by Grant Showbiz and Jim Watts in February 2003 for early release as Country On The Click. Promos were sent out and 3 of the new songs were previewed in March on an absolutely sizzling John Peel session, their 23rd for the show.
The release was then delayed after a mix appeared on the internet, causing a put-out Mark E Smith to partially remixe, re-record and re-sequence the album.
The line up of Mark E Smith (vocals), Ben Pritchard (lead guitar, vocal), Jim Watts (bass, guitar, computer, vocal) and Dave Milner (drums, vocal) was augmented by this time with Elenor Poulou (the latest Mrs Smith) on keyboards, and heralded the Fall Mk. 30 (approximately).
I believe this is the first studio album to be recorded since Are You Are Missing Winner (I could be mistaken), but a live album, 2G + 2, appeared in 2002. The material and overall sound seem to be the strongest for some years with Theme From Sparta FC just missing out on becoming the John Peel Festive Fifty No. 1 for 2003 (by one vote apparently), and fade-in album opener Green-eyed Loco Man also voted in to no. 26.
Contraflow conjures up urban M62 hell with a suitably barbed lyric where Mark E counters perversely, "I hate the countryside so much." As always there is an unlikely cover, this time Lee Hazlewood's Houston, and the award for the strangest title goes to Last Commands Of Xyralothep Via M.E.S.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open the Box! The Real New Fall LP 2003..., 5 April 2006
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
While it's probably true that every Fall LP has a merit and should be owned regardless, there are a certain set of great albums by the band that comprises Mark E Smith and whoever else is in The Fall that age that are undoubted classics: 'Live at the Witch Trials', 'Dragnet', 'Grotesque (after the gramme)','Hex Enduction Hour', the John Leckie-produced trilogy 'Wonderful & Frightning...'/'This Nation's Saving Grace'/'Bend Sinister', 'Extricate','Shiftwork','The Infotainment Scan', 'The Marshall Suite' & 'The Unutterable.' 'The Real New Fall Album Formerly 'Country on the Click' belongs to that set of great Fall albums and precedes the recent classic 'Fall Heads Roll' (2005) that shows The Fall are once more on mindlowing form. This shows a return to form after patchy albums like 'Are You Are Missing Winner?' and '2G+2' and the 'Susan Vs.Youth Club' single which appeared to be less the fantastic 'Jawbone/Wings' slice of MES-fantastica and more evidence that MES watched 'Neighbours'!
The album was renamed/re-recorded/remixed after some mixes found their way on the hic-wap-internet and was produced by Mark E Smith with Grant Cunliffe (ne Showbiz) - who has long been a Fall-associate ('Dragnet',the Casualty List on 'Hip Priests & Kamerads', 'Shiftwork', the upcoming new Fall LP) as well as a producer of Billy Bragg and Wilco. This line-up features three of the current vital Fall line-up, MES, Eleni Poulou & Ben Pritchard alongside Jim Watts & David Milner (who have been transferred for Spencer Birtwistle & Steve Trafford). Ironically Milner and Watts (particularly...) co-write here wonderfully with MES
The LP opens with 'Green Eyed Loco-Man'which continues the indie-electronic approach developed over albums 'Extricate', 'Shiftwork' & 'The Infotainment Scan' and leads to the excellent 'Mountain Energei', which sounds like a more Krautrock take on 'Guest Informant' and has MES taking in that Zarathustrian magic mountainness. 'Theme from Sparta FC' is a bit slower than either the Peel Session or the current live version (a highlight of their set)- like my favourite track here 'Mike's Love Xexagon' it shows a complex use of vocals: MES against Eleni against the males with guitars. 'Open the Boxtosis' is another one of those Fall pop songs of sorts, while 'Loop41'Houston' joins the canon of Fall-covers, adding Lee Hazlewood to such names as The Big Bopper, Deep Purple, The Monks, The Kinks, R.Dean Taylor, The Beatles, Lee Perry & Chic.
'Contraflow' sounds more lively than bands like The Storks and the YeahYeahYeahYeahs, and in many ways is the same Fall that always were (...despite being a completely new band)Great angular punk repetition "I hate the countryside so much/I hate the contraflow so much") while 'Janet, Johnny + James' joins a Fall-gone-folk(ish) canon alongside 'Pinball Machine' & the recent 'Early Days of Channel Fuhrer.' Another great Fall album for your pennies, pounds, dollars and cents - it also features one of the all-time great Fall-titles 'Last Commands of Xyralothep Via M.E.S.' - one to file alongside 'To Nkroachment:Yarbles', 'Hexen Definitive/Strife Knot', 'C'N'C's-Mithering' & 'Pat Trip Dispenser'...Anyway, this was the LP where the Fall returned to the rude form of 'Marshall/Unutterable, 'Interim/Fall Heads Roll' (& hopefully the next one) merely continued that...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Fall Fan, 20 Mar 2004
This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
Alright, I came into The Fall late (25 years), but they are a band with a cult/rabid fan reputation. Like them or loathe them you cannot, as they say ,ignore them.
Seeing them on their recent UK Tour, as a Fall virgin, they rocked!!! Stand out tracks of Mountain Energeri, Theme From Sparta FC & Open The Boxoctosis 2 made a sceptic into a convert. Rocking tunes, that just bury like any good parasite, into the frontal lobes of your brain and do not let go.
Due to my inquisitive nature for new music, The Fall are now one of my favourite bands, with Mr E Smith a God amongst men (Uhh!!)
For any new person to pick up how mighty The Fall are, you cannot go wrong with this. Every song is a KNOCK OUT
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic glory for the 21st century, 10 Nov 2003
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J. Rowe "Satieklimt" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
Every latest album by the Fall is their best as far as I'm concerned. There is just more LIFE in one Fall song than most bands could ever wish to express in their whole career. Even when the ideas are simplistic they are turned into the greatest of virutes because of Mark E's intensity or sometimes paradoxically because of his willful lack of it.But this album is truely SUPERB and one of their finest. Not punk, pop, rock, dance or rap because, as all his fans know, Mark E is his OWN genre. If you don't know the Fall then start here and hear what all of your so-called 'grunge' bands can only wish to be...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recovery Kit??, 4 Nov 2003
This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
I won't bore you with my Fall credentials, suffice to say that they are an expensive habit. Of late (i.e. the last 5-8 years their albums seem to have become less satisfying, starting brilliantly but fading away. In the old vinyl days, I don't think I would play side 2 of anything past Levitate (not that there aren't good tracks there, it's just they are buried in other stuff that bores me), yet here finally after much mithering comes "The Real New Fall LP" (not CD!!)& I think it's their best since the early 90's. Not a weak track on it & some classics to boot. Green eyed loco man opens to great promise which finally is delivered. Sparta FC is a rollicking good footy song, open the boxitocis rocks... I've heard people complain about "Houston" but I like it, it drops the pace a little & keeps things interesting. Remixed over months with an all new line up (again) it was worth the wait.
Of course, I gave up attempting to decipher Mr Smith's lyrics decades ago... but that's not the point. I just wish I new what the point was.
If you used to love the Fall and lost interest, now is time to reaquaint yerself. Use yer loaf!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Click Happy, 4 Nov 2003
This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
I have only just had a cursory listen to it this morning and already ever track is a winner.
There are some elements on The Infotainment Scan on here which sit just right by my ears. And the production in general is well worth MES's delay in remixing it I feel. Straight away I found Green Eyed Loco-Man Contraflow and Protein Protection as compulsive tunes. To be honest there isn't a duff tune on the whole thing. In short I'm impressed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great Fall album, 2 Nov 2003
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R. Tait (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
This is a *great* album. The songs are superb and the production absolutely sparkles - it was apparently remixed by MES following completion of a previous version. It's poppier and lighter in tone than (2000's excellent) 'The Unutterable', with a steady, measured quality, like the best elements of 'Shiftwork'. Although it contains nothing as frightening as, say, 'Grotesque', 'Country on the Click' is both accessible and hugely enjoyable. I think it can be added to the list of the best Fall albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock my world, my life, my children...MAGIC, 8 Feb 2011
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Ohadinu (A Kibbuz Israeli desert) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
When you listen to The Fall, you feel like "hey, what's the problem???" it is very easy to create an album which is intersting, exciting, experimental, energetic, mooving, clever ETC.. It is very easy to be an artist...look at this band...it is very easy to write magical songs that will tear people apart, while the same songs will turn others to be the happiest people ever...it is very easy indeed. It is easy if you are Mark E Smith, but if you are someone else...well this is a different story.

They said everything about the fall already, all true but irrelevant. This is actual history. An album beyond criticism...

When you experience really good art by yourself, you should share your good moments with the world, that's the real reason i am writing this lines...

Listen to any Fall album (studio) to feel special and unique. Listen to this one to feel special, unique and divine

sometimes a hairline of MES and his beutiful wife Eleni realationship wraped around your heart and just... make you feel good...make you wonder how can he be happy and in the same time so creative...

I wish i had better and proper english to review THE FALL
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5.0 out of 5 stars sparta FC, 25 July 2007
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M. C. Johnston "cyril" (boro) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click) (Audio CD)
this is a must buy if not just for the first 3 tracks , but you will soon get into the whole thing and agree its 5 star
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