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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B000006YMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,823 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The second album to feature vocalist Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix on guitar, The Wonderful And Frightening World is the one where her pop sensibilities begin to surface, ameliorating the band's chaotic energy and framing Smith's splenetically misanthropic lyrics within tighter song structures. This might have failed to please some long-time Fall fans, but the band still deliver muscular and pounding settings for some of Mark E. Smith's finest rants: "Bug Day" recounts a vision of insect revolution, "2x4" extols the braining of people with planks of wood, and opener "Lay of the Land" revisits the frantic rockabilly much in evidence on Fall recordings. The CD release adds seven extra tracks, culled from singles and EPs, including "No Bulbs" and "C.R.E.E.P." (a hilarious demolition of trendy zeitgeist-surfers). This LP and its successor This Nation's Saving Grace explore a lighter, more song-oriented territory, and as such, are a good introduction to the band's vast back catalogue, and a palate-cleanser for more seasoned Fall followers. --Burhan Tufail

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