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Shift Work (2CD Set)

Shift Work (2CD Set)

1 Jan 2007
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2007
  • Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:59:00
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  • ASIN: B001KF2DPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,975 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This album is full of contrasts; you might expect the first since the departure of Brix Smith to lack her poppy input and go back to being a bit more raw and dark like some of the earlier Fall. The musical development of this album is a different evolution again, and shows that you can't put anything past the old dog Mark E Smith.
Released at the height of the "Madchester" rave explosion in 1991, it shows how the Fall have always remained effortlessly in tune with the prevalent tastes of the day, while also surpassing them. "So what about it" and "Shift-work" are driving, dance-inspired proto-pop songs, whilst "Book of Lies", "War against Intelligence" and "The Mixer" use a harder, electronic sound later used to full effect in "The Infotainment Scan" album two years later.
The cranky old MES is there too - "Idiot Joy Showland" is a scathing rant on the commercial transparency of the Madchester scene; "A Lot of Wind" is another rant on the state of television (referring to it as "the tragic lantern").
If there is a romantic bone in your body you will also feel the emotion in two of the songs - "Edinburgh Man" is wistful and poetic on the eponymous city, while "Rose" is a sensitive but unsentimental ode to the departed Brix.
I think this is a special album as it is a great snapshot of a band, and a man, in a period of transition, but coming out most definitely on top.
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I like the Fall a lot but am not one of the diehard Fall "obsessives", so from my experience this is one of Mark E Smith's best and most accessible albums with outstanding tracks like "Idiot Joy Showland" and "Pittsville Direkt". The bonus CD, which makes it a good package, includes interesting material like "Life Just Bounces" and "Zagreb"
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I had bought two or three Fall albums with mixed results. Extricate was the best so far, then I saw a review of Shift Work that said it was equally accessible. They were right - it's an incredibly catchy record but also has great depth...which means I have played it incessantly since buying a few weeks ago. Only duff track is A lot of wind - which is, ironically, a lot of wind.
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I'm still listening to my cassette... I said, my CASSETTE of this great album.

Accessible and wonderful and includes one of my favourite Fall tunes. The haunting "Edinburgh Man" is one of those songs that will never leave my mind.

Don't overlook this album when expanding your Fall collection. It has many surprises and rewards repeat listenings.
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For me, the best they've done. Possibly due to it being around the time I started to go to see them but this album has some amazing songs on it. Idiot Joy Showland shows Smith absolutely hammering the 'Baggy' bands of the time with such vitriol that you can only sit and marvel.

There was a golden period around this album, but even now, Smith is still swimming against the tide and we're all lucky to have him around.
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A 2CD set including the original album and a disc of b sides and other mixes. I love the Fall so am biased. The best band you have never heard of. Having the mp3's free to download is a real bonus.
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Not their best work. Does include Edinburgh Man which almost puts a tear in my eye. Mark E Smith singing, wonders will never cease.
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Decent price, prompt delivery
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