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An unforgetable journey through the mind of Mark E Smith,
By A Customer
This review is from: Grotesque (Audio CD)
Mark E Smith's warped and visionary mind has never been better represented or captured than in the magificent Grotesque: After The Gramme, to my mind the greatest of all The Fall's many albums. From the manic opening of Pay Your Rates, through to the war cry for northern England that is NWRA, Mark E Smith and his troops dish out a rare lesson in angst and crazed philosophy that just demands your attention. Smith's paranoias and surreal observations come thick and fast. Who could argue with the great man when he says: ''O'er grassy dale, and lowland scene. Come see, come hear, the English Scheme. The lower-class, want brass, bad chests, scrounge fags. The clever ones tend to emigrate.'' Maybe hard going at first for recent converts to the world of MES, this album demands your time and respect and is worth the sweat and toil at the end. You will never fully understand Grotesque, but it is one of those rare beasts - a recording you will still be playing and marvelling at in 50 years' time.