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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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The Velvet Underground and those that followed them (such as The Fall's contemporaries Joy Division/New Order)tried to make beauty from ugliness, but The Fall dispensed with the niceties of the aesthetes and found a mode of expression that celebrates the ugliness for itself. Absurdist and sardonic the The Fall expose the gaping wound of existential terror that simmers beneath the surface of modern life. No band is less rockist than The Fall, but no band rocks harder. This album is probably the best place to start to find out about them; if you think you're ready for it...
The CD edition of this album includes the material from the 'Call For Escape Route' EP and the full length version of 'No Bulbs', making what was a fine album into one of their very best. As a result this is a real epic that showcases many of the different weapons in The Fall's arsenal. Opening with a mock post-apocalyptic dirge as a mark of disrespect to the miserable humourlessness of doom mongers such as Killing Joke and the goths, The Fall then break into the bitingly sardonic punkabilly of 'Lay of the Land' and it instantly becomes clear how great a record this is going to be. Mark Smith's lyrics in this period used the techniques of Percy Wyndham Lewis to create sharply expressionistic and deeply allusive verbal whirlwinds which delineate a 'wonderful and frightening world' to scathing effect. Populated by such essential slices of The Fall as 'Slang King', 'Pat Trip Dispenser', 'Draygo's Guilt', 'O Brother' and 'Disney's Dream Debased' this is one of the best albums that Smith and co. ever put out and is, in my opinion, the finest introduction to them that you could hope for.
If you're interested in The Fall, but don't really know what to expect, then this is the place to start. If you like it then you'll be at the start of a fantastic journey -if not, well, you won't be alone as hating The Fall is pretty normal. Dave Bush famously said that prior to working as a techie on a Fall tour that he thought they were like 'Les Dawson on piano', but a friend told him that if he toured with them he'd end up loving them. As many other people have experiemced, he did suddenly 'get it' and actually ended up as a memeber of the band. Les Dawson? He wasn't even as funny as The Fall.
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