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This Nation’s Saving Grace

The Fall

1985

This Nation’s Saving Grace

Album Summary

This Nation's Saving Grace is the eighth studio album by English post-punk band the Fall, released in 1985 by Beggars Banquet. The lyrics and singing melodies were written by vocalist Mark E. Smith, with a portion of the music composed by his newly wed wife American Brix Smith, who joined the band just before their previous album The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... (1984). The album emphasises Brix's pop sensibilities and guitar hooks, emphasised by Leckie's accessible production, and stands in contrast with the band's earlier recording. TNSG was produced by John Leckie and promoted by the singles "Couldn't Get Ahead" and "Cruiser's Creek" and tours of Europe and America. It is widely considered one of the Fall's best albums, both by critics and by Brix and bassist Steve Hanley. According to The Guardian, it shows the band "operating just on the edge of the mainstream and at the peak of their accessibility and yet strangeness". In 2002, Pitchfork ranked it as the 13th best album of the 1980s.

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Rating

2.93

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4671

Genres

  • Post Punk
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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Mark E. Smith sounds like he's on the wrong end of a radio for much of the runtime. A radio somewhere with thick, poisonous air, a shot out of a horror film. The difficulty doesn't come from that, however. It comes from the complexity of the texture. My ear was frustrated at first, and even after latching onto the guitars the rest of the music evaded simple recognition. In an ideal world, I'd prefer more and stickier bass and drum grooves: The guitar lines are too subtle to hook me. The samples (?) and occasional instruments are used deftly, on the other hand, and there is clearly precedent here for Sleaford Mods and Viagra Boys, very different bands which I am more familiar with. L.A. is a highlight, denser than the rest of the tracks and operating as a sonic and geographic escape. There's a horn-like tone on one of the early tracks which truly sounds wrathful. Damo Suzuki annoyed me a little bit. It's a meandering project, not quite as discursive as I prefer. The music feels litanic at times, but there are enough excursions from that space to keep things fresh.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

What a lovely drunkard. Such grooves.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

I've always skirted around The Fall, never truly getting into them or learning about them. Very glad I'm getting the chance to- only a few songs in and I can tell I really like it. It feels like hypnotic, half-obscene punky ramblings. "Spoilt Victorian Child", "LA", were fantastic.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

Surprisingly excellent. I’m a big punk fan but I’d never heard of The Fall and I’m so glad I did. Really cool kinda droning art-rock take on punk music. Reminds me of Velvet Underground or like a pre-LCD Soundsystem

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Thu Jan 06 2022
1

Wonder if it's better than Live at the Witch Trials. The worst album yet. Yea this sucks.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

The missing link for me for so many bands that I like

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

I know few of The Fall's albums but this is fantastic. Looking forward to wading through their other 31 albums for anything approaching TNSG. I love the sequence of 'My New House', 'Paintwork', 'Damo Suzuki', and 'To Nk'.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Ok, I think I love The Fall. Where the fuck do I go next?

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

IT'S THE FALL INNIT

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Extremely idiosyncratic and hard to get into, but memorable in a good way.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Wasn't expecting to enjoy this, but there are some real gems on there... especially paintwork.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

The Fall really were the workhorses of post punk, weren't they? They just plowed along, releasing an amazing body of work over decades, while different styles and their flashier peers came and went. The musicianship here is fantastic, with standout performances across the board. The band maintains the looseness and off-the-cuff aspects of punk, but with an ear to moderation that reveals their method to be much more artful than you would expect. Their ability to judiciously use noise as if it's another instrument works great here. They also drift in and out of different genres and moods pretty seamlessly, which makes for an album that's really full of pleasant surprises, beginning to end. Fave Songs (CD and cassette version): Paint Work, Petty Thief Lout, My New House, Barmy, Bombast, I Am Damo Suzuki, Couldn't Get Ahead, Spoilt Victorian Child

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

A chaotic postpunk entry that, just like many of The Fall's albums, requires several listens to either understand or shrug off. Production is lofi but full of intense energy and humor. Wild instrumentation and atonal devices demonstrate the peak of their creativity. Songs are fully fleshed out, with most of them running for 4-6 minutes, yet you never know where a song is headed. It's unpredictable to the point where many songs are intentionally repetitive but then travel in a sudden and unexpected direction. Few tracks I still find annoying, and I think an hour is too much to process. Thoroughly enjoyed Brix's contributions, who apparently wrote many of the songs. Favorites: Barmy, Spoilt Victorian Child, LA, Paintwork, I Am Damo Suzuki

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Post-punk poets? Post-poetry punks? Punk-poet posties? If you're gonna make approximately 5 squillion albums in your band's lifetime, looseness has to be some kind of categorical imperative. That's certainly true of this mob, in which case something as restricting as genre is for the birds. But poetry in music isn't just about diddling words. It's about tone and feel too. And seeing as looseness as categorical imperative borders on "all art is useless" and some kind of poet said that, we may have our answer after all: all of the above.

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Sun May 23 2021
2

Bad Talking Heads? Not my thing.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Definitely cool, but a bit cacophonous for me

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

I don’t like it. The British punk thing is cool, but it sounds like they were writing these songs while they were recording them. They found a two-bar lick they liked, stuck it on repeat, and mumbled over top of it.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

90% of time I can't tell what they're saying. The production value is among the worst I've ever heard. Additionally, and it might be intentional, but sometimes it seems like the band isn't playing the same song as the vocalist or the other musicians. Best song on the album was Rollin' Dany. Then I looked it up and it's a fucking cover. The original sounds so much better too. Best thing I can say about them is the album artwork is nice and the song titles are interesting. To their credit, the songs don't all sound the same.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Love the funky bass. Guitars could have been Johnny Marr. Perfect mix of early madchester-sound and more depressing post-punk. Best: Barmby, Spoilt Victorian Child, Cruisers Creek och My New House.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Punk rock it’s good

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Production: 16/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 17/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 17/20 =85 Syooooooperbo

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Never heard of this before but will listen again

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Love the fall!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Haven't heard it before, love it.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Something a bit different - I like it

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Mark Eeeee Smith at his scathing best. Floats in and out like a drunken tide. These are brilliant songs full of repetitive rhythms and melody. Ace!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

This is exactly what I imagine a 1980s arts college in northern England would sound like. Amazing in its own way; it almost verges into hip-hop in places. RIP MES.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Awesome

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

This was my first introduction to The Fall back in '85. It was tentative steps from Billy Bragg to The Smiths and then THIS. Impossible to categorise, apart from saying This is The Fall. You know what you're getting, but then again you never really do. It's a frightening album in places, yet full of optimism in others. But mostly it's just bonkers. Spoilt Victorian Child is the obvious highlight. But the riff on Barmy is Eurovision worthy. Cruiser's Creek is classic Fall. A brilliant, brilliant album.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

closer to 3.5

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

This album was really good! I know that I've listened to it before, but This was definitely the first time unpaid attention, well worth it.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

i really liked some of it. some poo

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Bon album de punk/rock/grunge anglais, doux et bien monté

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album, had some bangers

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

A fun, interesting mix of genres. Kind of a post-punk vibe throughout, but sometimes it goes full Stooges-style punk. Other times we get Rockabilly. A real treat from start to stop.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Punk ochentero.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

V good added most to the playlist. Favourite track Couldn't Get Ahead

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

My 2nd favourite Fall album out of the 10 or so I've heard. It probably just sounds like an old man rambling which to be fair it is

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

love this genre, this was good but not one of the best of them

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Hard work!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Post punk y Psycho rock se abrazan a ritmo motorik,se acercan a la melodía pop con Can en la cabeza como obsesión y espejo. Contundente y áspero. Muy bueno.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Brilliant stuff - will be back for more

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

I like it. Unique sounds

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Never listened to The Fall before. I can see mclusky getting some inspiration from here.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Great Post-punk band from UK. The music in general was very good and I enjoyed it.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Often imitated, never duplicated; no one does sprechgesang as well as Mark E. Smith. He was a cantankerous lad and his attitude sure bled into his work--and to its benefit. Fundamental piece of post-punk right here. Standouts include: "Spoilt Victorian Child", "I Am Damo Suzuki", and "Gut Of The Quantifier". Brix's vocals adds a pop element that's missing from some of their more inaccessible tunes. Loving her voice and the harmonica on "Couldn't Get Ahead" and that pop groove on "paintwork" is hella infectious. That said, it's a long album and it takes a couple songs to ramp up speed at the beginning. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4.5 if I could)

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Kinda digging it.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

a touch freeform for my taste but obviously a pillar of punk and other inspiration

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

The one shifted around a lot while listening to it but I ended up on a 4. It got unusual enough while still staying within the realm of dang good.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

This album was a blast

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Seriously thought this was a Hot Topic "mallpunk" band based on the name. Like a band that would open for My Chemical Romance. Nope. This is old and good. But I can see this band having influenced a lot of those bands. This was a totally unexpected treat and I'll definitely listen again and explore their discography.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

J’ai bine aime, u; bon vibe et une belle struture. Punk rock a son mielleur. 4.10

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

The Fall is a great band and this is another one of their great albums

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Mark E. Smith's singing is garbled, the instruments sound out of tune and it sounds like it was recorded in a toilet block, with a cheap cassette player. Yet it is a brilliant, unique and exciting album that has served as an inspiration for so many acts that followed (yes I am looking at you Pavement). I don't listen to the Fall nearly enough

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Definitely a keeper, I have to let this one soak in for a bit before I'm ready for the final rating

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Good solid punk, have been exposed to a bit of the Mark E Smith lore via Adam Buxton so was kind of familiar with the context.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

The first time listening to the fall. And wow these are the albums we love on this list, not a huge post punk fan so the vocal style does take a bit of getting used to, but feel this is just one of those albums you can keep coming back to and getting so much more from each time. Interesting that this music is the in thing for so many new bands in the U.K. at the moment, (As seen this week with Yard Act debut album getting no2 in the charts) the Fall clearly a huge influence for all these bands.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Surprisingly good. Had heard of this band, but this was a first time hearing them. I like.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Fáránlega gott post-punk.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Manchester stvarno je glazbeni capital of the world.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Vjerujem da nije baš lako njih slušati i da ti bude ono nešta wow, ali meni imaju. Mark E. Smith je gospon (počivaj u miru), koji nije pjevao, već je non stopno pričao kroz svaku pjesmu, ali na svoj način da ne ispadne skroz monotono jer u kombinaciji njegove priče koje znaju biti satiričine, realne, čudne i imati repetecije s ciljem naglašavanja nekih dijelova (gdje se meni čini da taj repetativni dio ne mora predstavljati neke veoma važne riječi) ide i ritmični, jači i ponekad dost' glasni instrumentali što oboja ono što žele opisati. Osjeti se dosta utjecaja na današnji post-punk - hladni zvukovi gitare i basa, glasovi - taj način izvođenja pjesama koje me podsjećaju upravo na našeg Markića i samim time vjerujem da su kao grupa napravili jako jako veliki posao u ostavljanju utjecaja u glazbi. Gle, Sonic Youthu su bili jedni od utjecaja, šta imam više za reć. Pjesme sa ovog albuma koje bih izdvojio su: Barmy, Spoilt Victorian Child, L.A., My New House, Couldn't Get Ahead (iako nije na original izdanju, nego na kazetnom) i Paintwork. Mark je volio derat po pivu, pa eto Mark, danas ću popit jedno pivo u tvoje ime. Cheers.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

I should really listen to more post punk

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Very cool! certainly deserving of more listens. I look forward to getting to know it better. Favorite Tracks: Vixen, Barmy

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one, I'm a sucker for this genre and this era so I knew pretty quickly I was doing to like it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Lotta cool stuff here. So many songs that just have really hypnotic, catchy riffs that are calm yet also ominous. Simple but effective. And then there’s I Am Damo Suzuki which caught me really off guard with the polyrhythms

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

This album is a wonderfully cohesive mix of post-punk/new wave with a healthy dose of 60s garage rock in the style of MC5, rockabilly, and surf rock. The mixture of these more diy genres fits in well with the Fall’s post-punk ethos. Despite the genres involved, the production is very slick and precise. I was disappointed by some of the Fall’s later work, but this album captures their essence at its peak and I understand now why they’re important.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

There is definitely something catchy in it. Anyway, it's more like background music.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Better 80’s punk album. No hits though but a nice listen

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Nice stuff from Mark E Smith and the gang. Bleak post punk sounds that I love so.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

I enjoyed this - not heard anything from The Fall before and will explore more.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

4 for me. Had heard of The Fall (almost entirely due to the big fanfare of publicity they got when Mark Smith died), but never knowingly listened to any of their stuff. I started out thinking that it wasn't really my thing, it's almost a bit too noisy and jarring, but after a few tracks I started to get properly into it. Really solid quality all the way through, I thought, didn't really tail off in any way. It's all a bit weirk, dark, and quirky, but it fits together really well and I like it a lot.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Really strong move compared to other albums by them, but too bloated to get the 5.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

this is a solid post punk gem

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Good as fuck will listen to this again

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Based on the album art art, title and first song I was not interested in this. Really good album afterwards though. Going to be listening to this more.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

I generally like what The Fall is doing, but unfortunately the album as a whole fell a little flat for me, not a lot of tracks stuck out except for Bombast and My New House (very Talking Heads). 3.5 to 4 since I am generally a fan of the sound.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

I like quite a bit of this. Loose and fun. Sounds like some our jams at different points. Very catchy in its own odd way. I'd go as far as to say I feel a sort of musical kinship with this. Reminds me a bit of a rougher/looser Robyn Hitchcock at times.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Absolutely rock solid Fall album, full of that spiky, angular humour and some terrific tunes behind the muffled vocals.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Really great and entertaining post-punk album. The instrumentation is extremely good and the vocals to compliment it are so clever and on point.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

There were a few songs here I quite liked, but some of it just had far too much going on for me to understand or want to listen to. Definitely can see the British post-punk oozing from this whole album though. Favourite: Spoilt Victorian Child

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

I enjoy this album, but I'm not really sure it is a must hear. This is my 3rd album from The Fall and I haven't even been doing this a full year. It's a solid band, but there really could've been some superior albums in their place.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Finally, an album by The Fall makes the list. Not their finest album by any stretch, but still a great piece of work. This album was the start of their stint at trying to be more ‘commercial’, and sadly the lyrics suffered somewhat in comparison to other albums. The album before this - Wonderful and Frightening - is just as polished but with much better songs, both lyrically and musically. There’s a lot of repetitive phrases here that pass for lyrics - I Am Damo Suzuki, My New House - but still enough pithy humour to stop this sounding like any other band. The group sound tight, if not at their most inspired, and lines like "I'm not saying they're really thick / But all the groups who've hit it big…” tell you Mark Smith is not your usual rock lyricist. Parts of this are great (Paintwork, What You Need, Quantifier); others not so much. Not even in my top 10 albums by The Fall, but is definitely in my top 10 of albums in the 1001 Albums list (so far).

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

I only really knew The Fall by name- they’re another punk band who didn’t quite crossover to the states- so hearing this was kind of eye (or I guess ear)-opening. I think the best ideas are used early on and the pacing isn’t strong, but I generally like their sound and I appreciate their lyrics and performances. Will check out more. B

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Like this. I listened through it twice and both times were good. 3.75/5

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Positiivinen yllätys! Suosikit ensimmäisen kuuntelukerran jälkeen: Barmy, Gut Of The Quantifier

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Even though postpunk seems to be the music I am attracted to more than others, this album took a few listens before the penny dropped. And when it did, it really did. There's a rawness and sometimes a bit of brutality to the songs but still with a poppy edge to it. Channeled energy that hardly ever goes to plain noise and shows how artful most of these songs are made. I enjoyed this a lot. Even with Vixen being a pure ripoff of 'Run, Run, Run' by the Velvet Underground

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

OK, not very exciting, but fun

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

I only ever see people who aren't fans of the Fall calling this their best album. It's quite good, but every studio album they released before it is better and so are a few later albums. As Ian McCann later wrote of Middle Class Revolt, This Nation's Saving Grace is "7/10 by their own standards, 8/10 by everyone else's."

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

6.5/10 F.t.: I am Damo Suzuki

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

I like the music

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

konstigt som fan och sången är konstigast av allt. men det finns något najs med det, ett gött driv som påminner mig om war on drugs eller vetiver.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

There are some interesting bass parts, but it leaves much to be desired. 7

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

little bit samey with the guitar. god some songs acc sound so off tho ... mmm kinda hot tho

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

I’ve hear The Fall, but never a full album. I like this a lot and needed to hear it, I think! Reminds me of Bad Religion in some ways.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Honestly enjoyed this one. Not my absolute favorite thing, but one of the more enjoyable punk albums for me Favorite track: “Barmy”

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I feel like this name comes up in lists and recommendations all the time. I can't say I've ever listened to anything by them. I like the twangy surf rock vibes of some of the songs. Nothing is really jumping out at me as must listens, but I enjoyed the listen.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

I like this type of post-punk music, but the album itself is just good, nothing really special.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Un dels discos més accessibles de The Fall. Malgrat això, continua requerint una dosi important de predisposició a l'escolta. Un cop dins, l'aventura val la pena: riffs que se't queden clavats, melodies cruixents, cançons com cap altres; un desafiament amb una bona recompensa

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Kinda mixed feelings. Sounds like, post-punk but with a but of a blues influence. Thought it was good but couldn't really decide how much I liked it.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Hier en daar een nummer met leuke (bas)rifjes, maar hier en daar ook een minder nummer

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Lyrically not great but found it to be very interesting nonetheless.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Enjoyed this more than I expected. Although, l'm more interested in the story of Mark E. Smith and the Fall more than their music.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Mixed feelings on this one. I can't help but feel like a little editing would have gone a long way on this one. The material doesn't really justify the run-time, but there's some really excellent moments as well. I can appreciate the disaffected post-punk energy, but it just feels a little muddled to me while giving off a greater air of artfulness or importance than it can back-up with the songs. Favourite track: To Nk Roachment: Yarbles

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

I'm going to have to agree with Nick's comments, this record's runtime is a bit of a slog, which I suppose relates to the records themes. A real upside down/mirrored look at our world, stripped of it's joys and stranding us in a horrific atmosphere. The post-punk poetry here sometimes hits the mark, but can feel a little aimless at times. Rating: 2.5/5 Fav tracks: L.A. and To Nk Roachment: Yarbles

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

every other post punk singer wants to be mark e smith so bad and this album makes that extremely clear... paint work

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

No me gustó mucho, después de un tiempo se vuelve un poco monótono.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

I enjoyed this album, but I feel like it could've been five songs shorter. The repetitiveness was nice in the first half, creating a hazy, timeless effect through each song, but by the end of the album it all just started to sound the same.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

I’m glad I’ve listened. I liked Spoilt Victorian Child 😅

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

average

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Pretty good! Not what I'd usually listen to but it wasn't bad :D

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Barmy is great. I'd add that one to my punk playlist. Mansion and the similar-sounding To Nik Rocachment: Yarbles are nice bookends to start and end the album. The first couple of times I listened I wasn't impressed but, it started to grow on me. It has its moments. Standout: Barmy

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

hedwiggy a bit

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Admittedly, I know nothing about this band. But I did enjoy the first 30 minutes of this album, then it started to lose me only because of the length. It has a really nice Clash/Smiths ‘punk’ vibe that really appeals to me. This is the first time since we started doing this that I’ve listened to an album by a band I know nothing about and am pretty sure I’ll check out more of their catalogue from this.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Nothing too special about this album. Often too repetitive at times. Some songs were cool bit got old quickly enough.. nothing too bad.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Really liked the music but the incoherent and repetitive lyrics really killed it for me. There were a couple of decent songs at the end to salvage it though.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Pretty good album from a band I new little about

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Reminds me of a free form Pixies. Good background music if you are feeling a little agro while exercising or doing physical activity

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Decent punk rock album. Felt like it lasted a bit longer. The instrumentals were good and the sounds were familiar to other punk albums. In all it was a pretty average album. 5.7/10

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

decent, first song was way more interesting than the rest.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Interesante, oscuro, buen disco

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

The best of this album IMO: - Bombast - L.A. Sounds like they recorded the first songs that came in their minds while in a jam/improv session. It's not a bad thing. Some songs lack variation - they repeat the same lyrics and same riffs over and over and over, like looping the same 4-bar sequence ad infinitum (j'exagère un peu). I enjoyed the more instrumental songs like Bombast and L.A. These are the kind of songs I get in my fever dreams. 2.8/5

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

not so bad really

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

nah 3/5

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

Enjoyable

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Good post punk. The mixing does seem to be a little off though, the vocals seem too quiet on some tracks.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

The first two songs are good, song 3 Barmy is great, with a a weird rhythm guitarcdriving the song. The songs of the fall are all kind of weird and quirky...kind of a post-punk / new wave Captain Beefheart. Mark E. Smith's through a megaphone style vocals are certainly an acquired taste. Not much conventional song structure here, just Smith ranting over strange rhythms. But I like it, though a full album can get daunting. 3.5 🌟

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Pretty good post punk? Surprised me.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

3 1/2

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Fell

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Blah. Some cool riffs but a bit repetitive.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Je ne connaissais pas du tout le groupe. C'est vraiment intéressant. Un peu marginal, mais quand même accessible. La version originale de 11 pièces est assez longue. Les ajouts sont plus pour les fans ce qui en fait au final un album trop long pour moi. Pour un album de 1985, il n'est pas marqué dans cette époque. Je vais assurément y revenir. Pièces préférées: L.A., To Nk Roachment: Yarbles, Mansion

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Not bad music. Won’t be one of my favorites

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Miks psychodeliczengo punk rocka, ciekawe linie melodyczne w niektórych utworach, ale jednocześne nie zapadły specjalnie w pamięci.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Let’s suppose this is an important and representative example of “post-punk.” In that case although I liked listening to this once through, I don’t think I will be looking for more. Another case of nearly all songs being 2-3x longer than they should be. Probably they were fun live, tho.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

It was just ok.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Glad I listened to this. Not my favorite genre, but I appreciate it.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Proto punk

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Some early British punk, a splash of Talking Heads and even B-52s.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Great stuff. I'm just not a big fan of The Fall. This is one of those things where a lot people I respect think they're the best, but I just don't really get it.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Never heard of this band before and looking it up they sure are prolific. They have a very interesting sound and it sounds like they are inbetween the 80s and 90s. Really hard for me to decide but I enjoyed it enough. 3.5/5

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Barmy

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

I... actually didn't mind this? Mark E Smith was bearable? I even enjoyed parts of it?? What is the world coming to!?!

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Bombast has me feeling the groove. The hooks are a lot like what I used to write when I was just learning guitar. In fact, these songs sound like a bunch of songs that any modern garage band could come up with. I am not particularly taken with it but I don't really hate it either.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

After being very unimpressed by The Fall's Live at the Witch Trials, I had rather low expectations for this one. It easily cleared that bar. Some of these songs have a rockabilly feel with vocals that aren't really on what I'd call a reasonable pitch but --- hear me out --- not in a bad way? Not a favorite by any means but I'm warming a bit.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

I have listened to this multiple times and it still has left me numb to it. I mean, it didn’t disturb me or irritate me most of the time, but it left me completely unimpressed.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

decent post punk album, its alright not outstanding. Most remarkable feature is the use of guitar riffs throughout that are more noticeable in similar acts

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

I don’t really know this band but I’m a big fan of the fall season. And like the season, this album was pretty cool! Unlike the season, it was kinda long. This concludes my comparison of this band to the fall season. Thank you.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

The Fall go pop. It's alright.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Not bad, but not my thing.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

not really sure what i think, not my favorite album ever, but not my least favorite.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

This gets off to a rocky start, the first two songs being throw aways, IMO. It was tempting to Did Not Listen this one, but I read about how much more assessible they became when Smith’s girlfriend, Brix, joined, co-writing and playing guitar. There are some catchy guitar intros as in Spoilt Victorian Child, which I liked. This is followed by L.A which I remember as A Fall anthem, which I’m happy to get reacquainted with and it will come in handy for indoor cycling.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

I expect I would have liked this in 1985 but it sounds dreadfully dated these days.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Typical lo-fi trash can alcoholic mumblings from The Fall. If you know this band then this album isn't doing anything different from their other albums. It does, however, sound only like itself. Best Tracks: Spoilt Victorian Child; Paintwork; Cruiser's Creek

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Interesting post-punk album

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Disco extraño. Las mejores son Rollin' Dany y Barmy, rock and roll clásico y rock. De ahí la intro es muy buena y tiene canciones padres pero no terminé de agarrar el estilo del grupo, supongo porque el post-punk brinca mucho entre el rock y el rock and roll. 3 estrellas me parecen suficiente

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Hmm; not super impressed. Wiki says this album was their most acclaimed and at the peak of their accessibility, but I found it all pretty bland, with one or two exceptions. Just ok overall.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

dios santo 6 / 10

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

When it locks into a good groove, it's great. Can get a little bit lost in the weeds, though. Favorite tracks: "Bombast", "Paintwork", "Cruiser's Creek"

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

Neato

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Mon Sep 14 2020
2

I liked one song

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Starts out decent but begins to fall off quite a bit, way too long, bad singing, just not my genre and truly forgettable

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

punk like this always seems so self-indulgent. Like "yeah we're gonna just mess around and you're gonna like it" Punk always feels like they just got drunk the night before and then forgot to write a song. Which to be fair is pretty damn punk BUT it still sounds...last minute. I'm just gonna yell "Spoilt Victorian Child" and it's supposed to mean something besides "Oh no I forgot to write a song"

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Just not very interesting to me.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Eh, it was fine.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

simple, repetitive and monotonous

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Meh. Not my thing.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Arty punk music made by and for people who think that enjoyable music is too bougie for them

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

It was fine, I liked it a little better than PJ Harvey. I didn't find the music special in anyway. I suppose that has been the point, there are genre defining albums. I certainly found other albums from this era superior. meh out of 5

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

It actually starts off decent with some catchy riffs and punk style songs. The B Side unfortunately takes it over a cliff.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Meerdere keren gekeken wanneer het afgelopen ging zijn. Een album zoals er dertien in een dozijn zijn.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

2/5 in the end it didn't even matter

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

2.5

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

unremarkable early british punk. all kind of blended together.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Didn't find this particularly memorable outside of the riff in the first 30 seconds.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

It was ok.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Decent album, but not entirely my thing

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

this is really not my thing. three songs in, gonna give it maybe one more song. 1 star so far. maybe 2 for production.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

ehhhhh nothing that caught my attention 2.4

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

While there were some tunes in there, I did find the sound and the vocals rather unpleasing. Sorry

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Instrumentation was good, but the vocals made it too much like annoying noise for me to really enjoy.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

Tästä ei saanut oikein otetta. Periaatteessa ihan menevää postpunk-räminää mutta genrelle ominaisesti kappaleet on pääosin aika kuraa. Saman aikakauden yhtyeiltä löytyy huomattavasti laadukkaampiakin julkaisuja tästä genrestä. 2+

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

Ei oikein tämä post-punk tms. napostele. Vähän tuli Talking Heads tästä mieleen. Ei nyt ihan täyttä kuraa, mutta ei oikein myöskään minun kuppini teetä.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

I'm sure this is a fantastic album for folks that really enjoy a particular flavor of punk. I am not one of those folk, and this makes the second 2-star album in a row. C'mon, albums generator! Gimme something I can like!

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Eh. It starts out like the cliche 80s awkward anxious stuff that was popular at the time and gets better as the album goes on.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Ok

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Weird punk album, the fall is not my thing

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Probably innovative for its time, a precursor to Modest Mouse and other better noise that came after, but for that, still kind of sucks.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Weird and unpleasant.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

kind of sounds like talking heads

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

It did not take me long to discover that I don't like this

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Meh, got some okay tracks on it. Bit long and it gets irritating after a while

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

Engelsk punk bliver hurtigt meget trættende

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Fri May 06 2022
2

A few catchy riffs, notably Barmy, and slightly more coherent vocals than other Fall efforts but a long way to go before the accessibility of The Infotainment. Not awful.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

Brzmiało jak coś co mógłbym polubić, mimo najszczerszych chęci nie udało się. Ciekawe linie melodyczne, ale niezbyt interesujący głos, technicznie jakoś nie powala, koncepcji albumu też zbytnio nie rozumiem - wydaje się losową zbieraniną dość generycznych tracków.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

I tried to like it. Tried real hard, made several attempts. Depsite this, I didn't find it enjoyable as a whole. It has some interesting sounds, but it doesn't outweigh the debatable vocal. Not my jam, at least at the time of listening.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

If The Clash and The B52s had a baby and The Talking Heads were godparents… 😬

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Pretty rough around the edges, don’t think this has aged well

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