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  • Audio CD (12 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000IHY1E6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

For their first album since October 2005's Fall Heads Roll, this new Fall swing and sway, teeter but never totter over. Reformation Post TLC reconfirms the group's position as perennial outsiders, with leader Mark E. Smith's curmudgeonly mirror refracting the light of the current popular mores, underlining their futility and transience. 'Celebrity' and past-it pop groups are but two of his targets.

Remarkable at their concerts over the past year, 'Reformation' reaffirms Smith's lifelong allegiance to the power of repetition. This attack upon pound-seeking acts on the reunion trail effortlessly becomes this album's showstopper. By its fifth minute, it has smelted down just to a throb in your head. By the time it collapses 120 seconds later you realise that although there may not be new worlds for Smith to conquer, he can at least surmount the same one over and over again so definitively.

'Fall Sound' continues this attack with a composite of the power of the gothic period Fall, 85-86, but this is no Bournemouth re-runner. 'Scenario' is wistful and reflective, building on an obscure old country 'n' irish tune, 'Pal Of My Cradle Days'. Of course, it wouldn't be a Fall album without a rambling, rumbling excursion into the avant garde and this here comes in the shape of 'Das Boat' (there's possibly even a Syd Barrett tribute buried in here).

Although the album opens with Smith singing 'I think it's over now' and this is the first Fall album where he actually sounds old, there is still the promise of so much more to come. Reformation Post TLC is another example of why The Fall are the last true perpetrators of the post-punk spirit. It is only you that have been elsewhere. --Daryl Easlea

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As always- another year, another reliably good Fall record. On a par with Fall Heads Roll. Saw them play the final gig at Hammersmith Palais earlier this year (before it was demolished to make way for flats); great live band,- especially Dave Spurr on bass. A multi-layered record which demands repeat listens before it exposes its quality, fully.Excellent.
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Perhaps taking the title of 2005's excellent Fall Heads Roll literally, Mark E Smith made the entirely expected move of firing the entire band - except wife and keyboardist, Elena Poulou - before embarking on their 28th year of recording.

Members of Los Angeles bands Darker My Love and The Hill form the latest iteration of The Fall and the opening track, Over! Over!'s, mantra of "I think it's over now, I think it's ending. I think it's over now, I think it's beginning" could easily be a slogan for the band's revolving door recruitment policy.

Even for Smith, Reformation Post TLC is a uniquely bilious album. A version of Merle Haggard's White Line Fever recalls the kind of mangled country and western that Smith clearly finds so fascinating, while Insult Song - where Smith adopts a redneck accent to spin a silly tale about Captain Beefhart - veers between the inspired and the baffling.

The Wright Stuff allows Smith to offer his take on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, while Das Boat's nine minutes of electronic commotion and muttering demonstrate the knotty, cantankerous and perplexing side of Smith's persona.

Duly disorientating and typically slanted, Reformation Post TLC is the equal of anything in The Fall's gargantuan canon.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 17 Feb. 2007
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2007 gives us a new Fall album, the follow-up to the critically well received `Fall Heads Roll' (2005) - this album was initially started last year with long-time associate Grant Showbiz and a completely different line up of the band. I saw the previous line-up play in Stratford, they were on very good form and played `Systematic Abuse' and `White Line Fever.' However, the band amusingly went bonkers in Phoenix, losing a guitarist, bassist and drummer in an incident that may have involved a banana-skin, a corkscrew, a guitar-amp, and some whiskey. The duo of Mark E. Smith and wife Elena Poulou (keyboards) were all that was left - the band expanding with new membership and some brinkmanship from members of Darker My Love and The Hill. The new Fall band featured here including Orpeo M, Tim Presley, Dave Spurr, Peter Greenaway, and Gary Bennett - who may or may not be appearing with MES and Elena in concerts in the next month or so...

Maybe it was the line-up changes, but I can't help wishing the old line up had stuck around a bit longer - mainly as after a few listens `Reformation Post TLC' fails to match either `Fall Heads Roll' or `Country on the Click (the Real New Fall LP).' It feels like one of those so-so Fall albums like `Are You Are Missing Winner?' and `The Light User Syndrome.' The epic `Das Boat' should have been a 21st Century `Bremen Nacht', but ends up a 21st Century `Crew Filth' - alongside the pointless `Outro' and the brief/patchy/undeveloped likes of `Coach and Horses' and `The Usher' (was this once `The Boss'?) it feels like one of those patchy second sides of a Fall album that became common in the mid to late 1990s (e.g. `Cerebral Caustic').
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Admittedly this is not the Fall album to act as an introduction to the canon. For that role I would suggest 'The Wonderful and Frightening World of...'. But nonetheless, for those lucky enough to have been steeped in the music of Mark E Smith, I would say that here, yet again, is the sound of someone who appears to be launching his music career, eager to please and brimming with the quirkiness which is vital to rock music. Others, jaded and grown contemptuous with fame, may grow stale; but Mark E Smith obviously still loves his art. This is quality material, produced by an artist at the height of his mischievous powers.
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This is quality ,dont let anyone tell you different.From the opener"Over!,Over!",untill the outro this delivers the goods,i cannnot wait to see the new Fall lineup live.I saw them last year at the Opera House in Bournemouth it was the BEST gig i have been to for ages.Fall Heads Roll was a great record ,but "Reformation" is better .This is the record MES was born to make, bass driven mosh~pit excellence .I would have liked to see members of the last line~up on this record,but this is The Fall ,ever changing,always brilliant & the new line~up is even better how does he do it? This record will be in my player for the next month at least ,it is a very important & quality product.I am listening to it now through headphones & i can honestly say it is the best album i have heard all year
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What can anyone expect from a new Fall album? Same as stuff before? Same but different? The Fall got into a groove with the last line-up and they were great. I didn't have to try touring the USA with them, though.

This is a real band living in the real world. And the real world is wierder than current politics and counter-politics. The real world is where it all happens in your head.

The new musicians seem to grasp The Fall Sound, to understand what's needed. There's even a great guitar solo that sounds so out of place that it fits in.

Insult Song brings together Beefheart inspirations and recent/current The Way It Is In This Band themes. It's not a throw-away tune. Neither is Das Boot (or whatever). Ever heard a band trying to sound like they were in a submarine? I haven't. I have now. And some spectrally haunting tunes. And the usual The Fall grooves.

This is not a Pop record. The Fall aren't a "chart" band, even if some claim them as influences. But they sort of aren't "serious" either. But...they actually are serious and single-minded. They're a blesséd enigma!

Love the album! It's on the top of my listening pile along with Mastodon and King Crimson at the moment.
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