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The Infotainment Scan

The Fall

1993

The Infotainment Scan

Album Summary

The Infotainment Scan is the fifteenth album by The Fall, released in 1993 on Permanent Records in the UK and by Matador Records in the USA (the first of the band's albums to get an official American release since Extricate (1990)). At the time of its release, it was considered the band's most accessible album and came when the band were experiencing unprecedented recognition in the media. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number 9, making it their highest-charting album.

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Rating

2.72

Votes

3641

Genres

  • Post Punk
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Imagine a very tasty cake, made by a very nice baker. But when the baker went to decorate it, she accidentally grabbed a tube of toothpaste instead of decorative frosting. Mark E Smith is that toothpaste. Not even Colgate, he’s a crest motherfucker. I almost gave this a 3, because the rest of what the band puts in is really tasty, but at the end of the day I don’t want toothpaste in every bite of cake.

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Anyone in the possession of at least one partially functioning ear knows that the two greatest Fall albums are the the first one you heard and the last one you listened to. This is a truly great album and anyone who says otherwise is a cloth-eared fool.

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This album sucked. I think the Wikipedia article summarized the vocals the best: "one-note delivery somewhere between amphetamine-spiked rant and alcohol-addled yarn"

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I've been using this site to listen to an album a day for a month or two now and have never written a review until now. I'm motivated to do so here because of how negatively skewed it seems like reviews of this album are. I'd heard of The Fall before this but never bothered to try listening to them. I assumed they were like an Echo and the Bunnymen or Police situation -- pretty straight-forward guitar rock but lumped into more unique company because of their time period. This album was a surprise and after reading more, I'm excited to hear other albums from their decades of activity. The best of this sounds more like Can or Suicide or VU than I would have guessed. It's not mainstream rock masquerading as art. It's more like art in a rock and roll coat. They also remind me of other niche-90s acts like Lungfish, Dave Fridman era Mercury Rev, and other "talky-singer" bands but the fact that the Fall has decades of catalog interests me a LOT Granted, some tracks (A Past Gone Mad) are dated "madchester" sounding relics, but I'm guessing those tracks were their concession to the times. Overall there's some timeless stuff here. Standouts for me: It's a Curse League of Bald Headed Men I'm not rating 5 because it's not a GREAT or PERFECT album but I'm rating 4 because it's surprisingly good and wayy better than I would have guessed.

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Day 29 of Albums You Must Hear... The Fall is an English post-punk rock band that was impressively active from the late 70’s up until a couple of years ago. I have never heard of them, and to my knowledge, I’ve never heard any of their songs. (They have released over thirty recorded albums). The album from The Fall that I received today is titled The Infotainment. While listening to this band, I really enjoyed the music, however, I really disliked the singer, Mark E. Smith’s vocal style. The half speaking, half singing style seemed very dated for 1993. Smith also has a trait of ending most of his words with an overly used annunciation of “ah”.. Here’s an example, on the song It’s a Curse, a song with a nice and heavy guitar riff, Smith sings/says “Cracked-ah, curse-ah, disliked-ah...” his use of “ah” after nearly every word started to really grate on my nerves and it’s done on seemingly every song. The opening track, Ladybird (Green Grass) has a super funky bass line and riff and is probably my favorite song on this album, and while he is singing a bit more than speaking, Smith’s style just takes me out of it, like the rest of the album. Being that vocalist and founder of the band Mark E. Smith is the only constant member of The Fall over the years that saw many line up changes, I could see why no one really stood up to suggest that maybe he try changing his style to match the times. It’s a shame because the musicians really jammed out on this album but their flame-ah to me-ah was-ah smothered-ah by-ah Smith-ah. Next album please!! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!

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Mark E Smith is a legend. I like the mix of classic Fall sounds and dance music. The sneering lyrics and dark atmosphere were amazing.

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5

Marmite band…. And I love them. This is a fantastic album! Full of dry wit and oddball lyrics.

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Wow! I knew the cover of Lost In Music, but this is just a great album. Rave-punk with Mark E Smith bellowing his madness all over it. I've fallen in love with it - was always warm but not hot on The Fall, bit perhaps this was the album I needed to make me a convert. 10/10

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I can see that this album polarises people, but I loved it.

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The Fall is one of those bands who have a vast and largely consistent discography, which makes it hard to know where to begin. So, thanks to 1001 for pointing me to this album. I do enjoy Mark E Smith's idiosyncratic vocal delivery but I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. It's like a drunk man under hypnosis.

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I love Mark Smith's vocal style - insouciant, almost bemused, but the lyrics are all business, elegantly phrased but really acidic. I would hate to get on the wrong end of this guy's pen. This is old school social commentary that burns, pure punk in attitude, but smarter. Fave Songs: A Past Gone Mad, It's a Curse, The League of Bald-Headed Men, Lost in Music, Ladybird (Green Grass)

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The band are great and if you can tolerate Smith’s idiosyncratic vocal style this is a decent post punk record full of northern grit, swagger and cynical wit.

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Wasn't sure what to expect, since I confused The Fall with The Cure before queuing up the album. An interesting mix of sounds. Took me a while to settle into the groove, but when I did I got a distinct dance sensibility (New Order-y kinda?, though I'm not well-versed in their discography either) and obvious similarities to Protomartyr. Didn't quite gel, and my preference for Protomartyr probably says more about me than The Fall. That said, this is apparently one of their more mainstream projects, so I should circle back around and listen to something weirder in the future.

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This '93 release is much more melodic & accessible than their '79 release, without actually being very accessible. I was suprised to see Nile Rogers name on the song credits. Lots of catchy tracks that grow on you by the 2nd or 3rd listen. I gave their debut a 3, which was actually a 2.5. I'll give this a 3 as well, but it's more like a 3.5.

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Want the sound of a drunk playing a bass shouting in a dustbin? You've got it. Not as bad as it sounds. BT: Ladybird (Green Grass), Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room, The League of Bald-Headed Men

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While the album has some decent post-punk bones, it's ruined by some really terrible early-90s electronic trash. At times I was able to look past that and enjoy the very Stooges-esque spoken-word vocals but it was always wrecked by the bloopy-blippy, synthetic trash that covers the whole album like bubblegum-flavored syrup on pancakes. Nobody wants that. Stop it.

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There is zero chance that I'll remember anything about this album once I've listened to everything on this list. It's a guy mumbling over some generic early 90s post-punk. A waste of time. Best track: Glam-Racket

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One of my favorite bands. They have such an extensive catalog i had not previously listened to this one and i loved it!

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Hard to be objective about this album -- first record by The Fall that I encountered and I f***ing love it.

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Discazo. Favs: "Lost in Music", "Past Gone Mad", "Why Are People Grudgeful?". 10/10

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Pongan menos pinche Elton John y más The Fall. Por el amor de dios.

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omg love so much, this is my new favorite album

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7,5/10

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the guy sounds really bored singing or whatever poetry hes talking about and thats a mood

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Light / Fireworks is good, the rest sounds like normal The Fall...

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One of my favorite works from The Fall. Really creative and appealing, with a sound that I love.

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This is some pretty good post punk. Love the beat throughout, not surprised to see "alternative dance" listed as one of the genres. Is Mark E. Smith talking/singing - yes! But seems to go good with the music to me. I was entertained. 3.6

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Super album

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I'm still struggling with the Fall a bit, its still a barrier for me BUT this I did enjoy. Was a lot more fun and jangly that previous more grungy punk ones. Apparently their only top 10 album

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Enjoyed the music, can't get on with Mark E Smith at all, he just seems a deeply unpleasant man. There's some good bits on there though.

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Fifteenth album jeez dude. I do like and respect The Fall but not sure if the entire album is consistent in quality, but overall still good. Definitely wish I could have seen them live in their prime. I think I've only listened to the album with "Totally Wired" on it all the way through, so clearly I have some additional albums to listen to.

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It’s the Fall - ah! RIP MES

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p717, 1993. 4 stars. Bass driven indie rock with great riffs and sardonic delivery. Excellent :)

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4.5

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The music was great and there was something charmingly off kilter about the vocals

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I'm starting to see that I like specific subgenres of punk. Grunge-punk & pop-punk seem to be the only ones I can listen to multiple times with no issue (The Clash, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana). Post-punk can be a bit of a headache to listen to (for me), that being said, I didn't mind this album. The further I got through the album, the more I enjoyed it! Style wise I thought this would be a straight punk record - but it's a mixture of different rock sounds, sometimes it sounds electronic, and other times alternative. At times, it sounded like the stylistic sound Muse is known for in parts (electronic rock maybe...?) Standout songs: It's a Curse, Glam Racket, Service, Past Gone Mad, Lights/Fireworks

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The Fall are always good, even if they're bad. This is a particularly good one!

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Surprising.

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The Fall és una de les bandes més originals i recuperables que existeixen. Tants i tants grups haurien de prendre nota de què experimentar només s'hauria de fer quan s'és un geni de veritat i tens el toc de màgia de la creativitat dins teu, com és el cas de l'ínclit Mark E. Smith. Aquí grans temes com 'Lost in Music' o 'It's a Curse' s'envolten d'altres cançons no menys aprofitables. Cap d'elles òbvies, totes producte d'una ment brillant

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My second fall album, really enjoyed this probably more accessible than there other albums.

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Красиво и приятно

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Might check their other stuff out some time

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3.25. I like the sound and I listened to it multiple times now, but I keep forgetting what the sound is. It's hard to explain... I like listening to this album, but the songs don't stick with me.

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Eh

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Some nice sounds

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This album is described as their most accessible in the Wikipedia. It’s pretty odd almost like beat poetry. It was interesting to listen to. I do love the electro style and the guitar work but I probably won’t delve further into their less accessible stuff

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like cake but without horns and they're british

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Interesting experimental stuff. 5/10

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Did I think it was good? Yes Did I like it? No. Its hard to separate personal bias when rating an album but I'm trying. I give it a 3 for these reasons

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Significantly more listenable than Live at the Witch Trials, with a few experimental songs that were quite enjoyable. Overall good album.

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To begin with found this a little all over the place but as the album progresses- I think i'm starting to get it. 2nd time through its making more sense and is actually quite interesting if not my usual thing. Enjoyable without being something i'll rush back to. 3/5

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This was fine but unexciting to me

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Some good songs but his voice can grate on me. Favorite songs were Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Hotel Room, The League of Bald Headed Men and Why Are People Grudgeful. All of those tracks are great, but for every one of those theres a "Light/Fireworks" type track thats just annoying.

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Enjoyed the first half of this especially, it got a little grating near the end: in particular I wasn't always a fan of the vocal style. Shoutout to the Sister sledge cover

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A fun and sexy time

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Boring and repetitive though has some nice elements

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English post punk. Pretty good. The instrumentals are fr fr amazing throughout. The instrumentals get an easy 8.5/10 for me. HOWEVER, add the lead “singer” and it’s a 4/10. The rest of this post is just going to be a rant because of this guy. The lead singer really just pisses me off. The dude’s voice and stupid fake accent was charming for the first track but quickly becomes a gimmick that is hard to ignore. It’s a damn shame because the actual music is soooo good but you can’t hear it because the dude is just talking shit over it the whole time. Like not even singing. Just talking shit. I’m Going to Spain and It’s a Curse are examples of this travesty. Like bro just stfu. Actually it’s just the whole album. He doesn’t shut up. Just sing man, your voice isn’t that bad. So unfortunate man.

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This was a bit of a surprise to me, actually quite enjoyable! Eclectic mix of music from guitar stuff to slightly dancey kind of tunes! Won’t be for everyone, but definitely worth a listen! I’ll probably get this for the collection

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I have to say, the style is a tough reach for me. I see it, I can understand it, but it doesn't touch me. That said, a coworker of mine is HUGELY nostalgic for The Fall, and this album in particular, so I have to give them major credit for being so influential.

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Interesting.

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Well well well... I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the vocals. Pity Smith didn't do more accessible Fall albums. I will listen to this again. Not quite 4 out of 5.

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Lots to like on here - not many bands sound anything like the fall and that’s to be applauded

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A good album let down by a couple of low light tracks. Still love Mark E Smith though because he's a maniac

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Great fun, really interesting and I would definitely revisit.

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Band was alright. Hate the genre title though. Post-punk implies punk is dead. Not to me dammit haha

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прослушал половину. постпанк. музыка ничего, интересно аранжирована, состав инструментов, эффекты, но вокал отстой полный...дослушал до конца, не так уж плохо

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I wonder if they have more Fall albums in the 1001, this wouldn't be my first choice. Not my favourite version of The Fall, some great moments though, and listening The Fall is always good and better than listening to most other things I guess this is a pretty accessible version of The Fall

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Very much like early Stranglers. Some good riffs and rhythms going on under Mark E Smith's eccentric nonsense vocal delivery. Apparently they were John Peel's favourite band. Better than most of this week's drivel, though not really my cup of tea.

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Clangy

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Lots of great Segways in this album. Started out electronic with some instruments and full on electronic by the end. Some strange lyrics that didn't really speak to me but all in all not bad. Can see this one being influential with the electronic music of the late 90s

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The Fall were incredibly prolific and I’m not familiar with the rest of their work. This album is a perfectly fine new wave/post-punk album. I enjoyed the driving guitars and the unique vocal delivery but don’t really see what sets this album apart from earlier new wave bands, especially in the early nineties.

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I like this a lot, the grooves are really addicting and they work well with the Iggy Pop style vocal delivery. Unfortunately got sick of it about halfway through, wanted to hear some real singing. Was ready to give this 5 stars after the first couple songs but I got slowly worn down by the end.

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It's... Ok... Made good background music. I can see how this would have a major influence on lcd Soundsystem who I think really perfected this genre. I can appreciate it, but wouldn't seek this out.

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3.5/5

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C’est bon, ca court bien mais ca se repete en bout de ligne. 3.75

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Surprisingly sprightly, cohesive, gauzy, even--dare I say it--pop. Truly a remarkable band. At times they sound like Go-Betweens by way of, well, The Fall. The rest of the time they just sound like The Fall, which can be said of pretty much no one else.

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2.5/5. There are some parts of this album that are decent, and there are other parts that are not. Some of the songs I somewhat enjoy listening to, but then others I just keep asking why it going on for so long.

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Another one of these bands I feel like I’ve been hearing about since college radio days of the 90s but never got around to. And hearing it I can definitely see the point. The vocals are not to my taste. I’m a fan of more than a couple acts where the singer can’t (or just doesn’t) really sing so I guess that’s on me. But it wore on me after a while, though I liked a lot of the music and thought it was all interesting.

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Cool album

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This was kinda shitty, but I also kinda dug it. It's like a little Talking Heads, and little punk-rock, and a little 80s New Wave all crammed together with some Wesley Willis level psychotic musings.

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Musically pretty cool, but I can only handle so much of the whole talk singing thing

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In my head The Fall was just Mark E. Smith snarling tunelessly over a punky racket, but it seems I did them a disservice. The music is more interesting and varied than I imagined (in this 90s iteration at least), and there are some funny lyrics, like this one: "I do not like your tone. It has ephemeral whinging aspects."

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Not sure why this one is on the list. Not even the best Fall album. I’ve a love/hate relationship with The Fall. They could make some good tunes, but Mark could be a total arse at times. RIP fella.

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Ovaj album mi je dao totalno drugu njihovu priču, više vuče dalje od tog svog hladnog post punkerskog zvuka, čak Mark i pjeva u nekim pjesmama onak na šta nisam baš previše navikao. Album nije loš, ni blizu, ali nije na nivou onih svojih klasika iz 70-ih i 80-ih. Definitivno ću se vraćat na pjesme kao što su I'm Going to Spain - It's a Curse, Service, Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room - Service. Taj potez pjesama je najbolji dio albuma. 3.5/5 /// Kakva Premier Liga, kakva La Liga, kakva Liga Legendi, kakva Seria A, sada znam koju ligu Ivan najviše voli, a ta liga je pjesma pod brojem osam.

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All new to me -- band, members, album, tracks -- so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. There are some interesting tracks on this, usually catching my ear because of rough textures and the like. Can't really understand what the lead vocalist is saying, so one day maybe I'll read the lyrics. I have a feeling there might be some gems in there.

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Pop-rock de estilo noventero. Buenas bases y fácil de escuchar. Sin demasiadas estridencias. Ninguna canción reconocida

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Nog nooit van gehoord maar positief verrast! Hoor er vanalles in wat lijkt op andere bands, en het is erg divers en weird wat het wel boeiend houdt. Leuk om eens gehoord te hebben.

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Totaal onbekend voor mij, maar ik heb me er goed mee vermaakt.

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Ok, dit kan bij mij nog alle kanten op gaan. Ik ga het werk van The Fall nog eens vaker beluisteren

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Didn't love it, didn't want to turn it off. It's fine.

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I wanted to like this more then I did. It was ok.

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I like The Fall, but don’t love them. This album tracks with expectations. I do especially like the guitar style and Smiths “talk singing”, and can definitely hear some influence on Sleaford Mods style. PSA: check out Sleaford Mods.

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OK album. I seem to like the older material by them more than this.

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Maybe these guys are starting to grow on me now that we’ve had to listen to like five of their records but I didn’t think this one was too bad

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Seems to be divisive, but not awful, there's a lot worse on this list. The 'singing' style reminds of a current band or 2 that I forget the name of.

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Rock, dance. Alternativo

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Every Fall album is different. Every Fall album is the same.

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Very eccentric brit pop rock, unique but ultimately unsatisfying

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feels dated, very 90s. i dont think this aged very well, or is remarkable in any way.

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The vocalist sounds kinda drunk. I like the instrumentation, but not the singer as much.

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no more The Fall.. dear god.. ick

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Meh

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The only thing that saved this from a 1 star was the instruments

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The music is actually well done and I've definitely gotten into the groove on It's A Curse and Glam-Racket. Unfortunately i really don't like the lead singers mumble-talk delivery on these tracks. Not really that enjoyable.

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what?

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A bit difficult to understand, but typical of brit pop back in the day. Also a bit too experimental in some places.

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meh

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Wierd, not really good wierd.

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Only listened to a few songs, it was okay.

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I just listened to this as background music while distracted. Generally speaking I wasn't a big fan.

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This one was also pretty weird and just pretty uncomfortable to listen to. There were some interesting parts and parts I liked, such as the guitars on Paranoia Man. But on the whole, I was glad when it was over.

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This was something for sure

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Pretty Eh.

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A few good tracks, although I have taken off a star after learning they are covers! Not sure it was the best introduction to the Fall, if such thing exists.

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Seems these guys are a shadow of the punk genre...not very good

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Kind of strange rock and roll. A little talky and not very singy. Not a huge fan.

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Has a vibe, but very weird overall. Every track is mostly repetitive (sometimes spoken) vocals with uninteresting riffs in the background. I typically like early punk but I wasn’t a fan of this album.

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idgi

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Most accessible of The Fall albums. I like the instruments and music direction, but geesh those vocals hurt. Every damn song. Almost ruins the experience but it does remind me of shoegaze vocals (only clearer) so I can bear through it.

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Screams to be bumped off the list for something more deserving. Some of it's decent, like Glam-Racket and I'm Going To Spain. The album does get somewhat better as it goes along. I can't help but think I'd have a more favorable opinion with a different vocalist. Maybe it'll improve on repeat listens, but I currently have no desire to listen to it again. Actual rating is 2.5.

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I can see how this is important, but I didn’t like it

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Don't care for it. I feel like other bands do it better. The music is nice, but I'm probably never listening to this again.

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Well, I really don't like this guy's voice.

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Ok not gonna lie -- this was another TOUGH one for me. I am sure they were influential and have a unique sound, but to me it sounded like a far worse, more repetitive version of like the Talking Heads (which I like). Not a keeper for me. Looking forward to the next.

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No coherence, this seems to be a running trend in most of the albums I don't like. They tend to be less albums and more strings of songs.

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I've never managed to get into the Fall. It's not that I don't like, I just don't see what the fuss is about. Mostly sounded the same to me. Also, Mark E. Smith seemed like a twat and was really horrible to Adam and Joe when he was on the Adam and Joe Show.

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Wow for a band to have their 15th (!) album in the top 1001 albums either some of their other stuff juuuust missed out or it wasn't that good to begin with. The Fall's 'The Infotainment Scan' is reminiscent of early to mid 90s alt rock with house/dance undertones throughout. It has a very abrupt, poetry style to the lyrical content of the album. Overall an ok listen. Best: Ladybird (Green Grass) Worst: Light/Fireworks 2.5 Stars NOTE: Spotify had the double disc version of the album. I only listened to the first disc as it would have been released on CD at the time.

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Not a fan of this at all. Its the speaking-music type style. Not always a bad thing but I just didnt feel it with this one

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nah, gave up

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4/10

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Not much to say here. Okay music, nothing too special. I did really like "Light/Fireworks" which was so different that I thought I had started a new album. Just not much here for me. Favorite tracks: Light/Fireworks, It's a Curse. Album art: A cool design, but the picture comes up blurry here and on Apple Music. I doubt it's intentional, but the album didn't really pop for me so maybe a little blur makes sense. 2.5/5

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Decidedly average

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Hummmm. Uh. If “most accessible of their umpteen albums” is the reason to put it on the list, then does it need to be on the list?

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Rating: 5/10 Best songs: I’m going to Spain

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Weird

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It's ok with me if you like it. I don't especially. But I can see why you do.

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2.1 - An old man ranting in his sleep over royalty-free industrial rock music.

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First Listen. I really enjoyed the Fall's, "Live at the Witch Trials" album so I was looking forward to this one. It didn't really grab my attention on this listen. 2/5

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Horrible singing. Great bass.

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bit on the mad side, liked some of it but went on far too long

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03/08/22

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I didn't Know this band. It's not bad but it's not the kind of music I heard.

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Didn't love this album. Thought it was just okay.

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Idk maybe with a closer listen I’d like more. Seems promising but 2/5 on first run

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I imagine this is some sort of insane popular fad music from the 90s in England. For me, it’s awful.

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2/5

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Does this guy ever actually sing or just talk into the mic the whole time?

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Not for me. The singer’s voice was wack. The music was fine but not that interesting. Lot more electronic sounding than I thought it was going to be.

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2/5 nothing interesting

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Think this would be good in small doses or for those trying hard to be cool, as it is, just listening to it for music I did not enjoy.

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Jesu ovo napravili oni pijanci koji su uvijek na glavnom kolodvoru? Ima neke zanimljive produkcije i instrumentala al mi je ostatak jako iritantan

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terrible

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Bizarre stuff. The band are playing alright, but the vocalist is just running a one-trick-pony thing over the whole album. This band may have been his baby, but it baffles me that some record execs back in the day heard this album and decided to invest money and time into it. Heard it, will never listen to it again.

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Nee, doe maar niet. Bijna vals ook.

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Hier kon ik zeer weinig mee.

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This list's maker obviously loves The Fall much more than the general public does, given this is 3rd album from The Fall that I'm getting here. My verdict is similar to the previous two occasions: The Fall's music is very far from being able to hold me interested for an album's entire duration. And as before, I fail to see what's so special about it.

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Because this list is so british-centric I'm getting this band for the 3rd time already and I don't understand why. The birits are really hurting my 90s decade score as well which is getting rather annoying. The fall 3 times yet no Tool? No tragically hip?? C'mon!

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This was a bit fatiguing to listen to. I generally like The Fall (I think?) but I could do without this one for the most part. Not terrible, but to be that guy: the old stuff is better.

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This album has little to no direction, which understandably can be a draw for some listeners who revel in the aimlessness. The lyrics have a punk feeling to them, saying a lot of things without really saying anything unless a poser you were not. At first glance, the album title appeared to be "The Infotainment Scam" which would be apropos, as this album was neither info rich or entertaining. Musically, the album has a lot of groovy moments, the kind that says the album should be enjoyable but the lyrics and lack of resolution get old really quick. "Service" has a distinct and nice groove, but it never veers from that. It stays there while the vocalist seemingly just ad-libs. A hidden gem, perhaps, in "A Past Gone Mad" where a higher energy is reminiscent of future sounds from the Crystal Method and even Moby. The album has few merits but not enough to earn a higher score in this review.

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The instrumentals are decent, but vocals are very bad and unpleasant

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This is decent. The other to albums I've gotten by the Fall were instant 1's. This juuuust gets to a 2

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I'm going to cut and paste from the review I gave this band for the another of their albums......... awful..... when you think about what is missing from this list, you wonder how on earth albums like this got on it.......

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Awful. DNF. 0 stars.

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not the best

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The Fall. NIE gehört. Ansage nach Lesen von Band- und Album-Info auf Wikipedia: bin ergebnisoffen, glaube aber, dass ich es scheiße finden werde. Uuuund: ich finde es zum kotzen. Das kann doch mit DEM Gesang keiner ernsthaft produzieren. An welcher Stelle hat da die Selbstkritik ausgesetzt? (Im Übrigen: wie unmusikalisch ist das 'panel‘ von Musikkritikern, das diese Anthologie erstellt hat, dass es DIESES Album für würdig befindet, darin aufgenommen zu werden?) Stellenweise ist sind die Stücke ja ganz nett arrangiert, das täuscht aber zu keinem Zeitpunkt über die uninspirierten Kompositionen hinweg. Ich MUSSTE nach dem 5. Song ausmachen, nie wieder The Fall. Am liebsten kein Stern.

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sometimes interesting instrumentals, but I personally can’t stand the singer

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Didn’t enjoy this one bit. 1/5

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Not my cup of tea

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Not my style of music

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I liked the music, but the lyrics on most tracks on the album reminds me of Zap Branigan singing or a Neil Breen script put to music. Why are people Grudgeful was probably my favorite song on the album, I liked the beat and the lyrics didn't overpower the song. I had to skip Light/Fireworks since the distortion on the lyrics was very painful to my ears.

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It's just a bunch of loops with some "say-singing" over it. There's not much depth to it. The lyrics have some value, but if you're going to just say all of the words, go do slam poetry instead of throwing mediocre music over it. At least then I'd be able to understand it better.

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Cannot get into this at all, I find the voice annoying and listening to it gets me really down. Painful experience to be honest. Not a fan at all. I got really upset by the depressing version of Lost in Music in particular, really obsessed with the original which is ICONIC and found this be completely not in the spirit of it. Can see why some people would think it's cool though.

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not my style of singer at all, sounded a lot like a guy who just doesn't care. A classic British bastard which could be fun for some, but I'm looking for something much more unique.

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Did not like

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Nope

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Good Lord, that was awful.

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Wikipedia says this it their 15th album. Who keeps funding them?

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This is technically music, I guess

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Listened to on 4/14/22 1/4 Favorite song: No I didn’t like anything about this album besides the covers which still weren’t as good as the original

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This album was a struggle to listen to. For starters with the lyrics just are not good and the singing is bad. The music itself is inconsistent and all over the place. At times it sounded like indie music. Others house music. The common theme -- annoying. I was not familiar with the band and thought it was some obscure 90s band. Turns out they started in '76. Nonetheless, I still cannot name one of their songs. Skip it.

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bad. sounds like bob dylan. i couldn't listen

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I didn’t need to hear this

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