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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

2.71

Votes

4551

Genres

  • Post Punk
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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
1

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

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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Fri May 07 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

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

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

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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Mon May 09 2022
4

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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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

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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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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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Thu May 27 2021
2

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

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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Thu May 20 2021
1

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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Fri Mar 12 2021
1

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

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Thu Dec 09 2021
1

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
1

Good Lord, that was awful.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

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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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

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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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

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

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

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

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

omg love so much, this is my new favorite album

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

oh nice! I love The Fall I was really in the mood for an album like this, I’m glad I got this today and of course the album is great, a bit weird but that’s what I love about it - 10/10

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

7,5/10

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Super album

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

It’s the Fall - ah! RIP MES

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

4.5

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Fri May 13 2022
4

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

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Surprising.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

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

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Красиво и приятно

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

An excellent record by the Fall. It's not the era I usually listen to of theirs (1980–1985) and so along with some of the usual Fall conceits it contained some surprises for me. Still, after a compelling start it ultimately suffers from the same illness as other records of theirs...just a song or two too long for me. This is a band whom I really enjoy but only about half a record at a time.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Giving me proto-Primus, proto-Clutch vibes. Except more sleepy. Yeah, I like this. I accidentally listened to it on shuffle.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Cool post punk grooves. Some songs almost had a ska vibe in the rhythms which I dig. Will check out again.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Excellent album but would it even make my top ten Fall albums? No it would not. A more interesting point in their catalogue it can claim to own is the last unarguably great album they made.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

If I'd discovered The Fall when I was young I probably would have become quite fanatical about them. As they say this is one of their more accessible albums.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

This was weird, but I kind of liked it. Sounded like pavement at times

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Wed Oct 14 2020
3

Might check their other stuff out some time

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Eh

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Some nice sounds

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

like cake but without horns and they're british

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Interesting experimental stuff. 5/10

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

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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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

This was fine but unexciting to me

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

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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Fri May 14 2021
3

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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Fri May 07 2021
3

A fun and sexy time

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Boring and repetitive though has some nice elements

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Interesting.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

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

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Great fun, really interesting and I would definitely revisit.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

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

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

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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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Clangy

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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

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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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

3.5/5

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

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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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Cool album

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Wed May 04 2022
3

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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Thu May 05 2022
3

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

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Fri May 06 2022
3

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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Fri May 20 2022
3

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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Fri May 20 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

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

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

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

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

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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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

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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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Rock, dance. Alternativo

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

better than expected

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

This was more interesting and unique than expected. Would definitely listen again. 3 stars.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Much more accessible than I thought it would be. Includes actual singing and melody. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Lost in Music Date listened: 20/09/22

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

For some reason, though '80s alternative / post-punk is my favourite musical genre, this is the only The Fall album that I own and I got it in the 2000s., and I've barely listened to it. Don't know why The Fall flew beneath my radar, but it has. As for this album it is musically quite appealing especially the first 3 songs, but all throughout I find it likeable and accessible. Themeatically I can't assess it yet as this would take a few more listens, but the fact that it appeals to me in overall sound means the likelyhood that I will listen more is a good thing. For now I will give it a strong 3 stars with potential for a higher rating after more time.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

it's like british cake. i like it.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

ok.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

70/100: Never heard of this band, never heard of this album. Although I didn’t really love it, I clearly see why this album is on this list. I’ve never heard an album like this, of course it’s one of the 1001 you have to hear before you die. Not everything new and novel is good though. This album, although definitely harboring a unique sound, overstays its welcome rather quickly. Glad I heard it but likely won’t listen again.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Inconceivably odd choice by the frontman here. I thought this was a perfectly okay indie rock album from the early nineties. It doesn’t quite have the gusto of some of the decades better examples…but this is fine.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

I want to like this album more. The first song is hard hitting, grungy, jangly guitar riffage, too cool NYC scene music (I don't know if they are from NYC, but thats what it reminds me if). The rest of the album oscillates aggressively between punk ethos, punk adjacent music. Its part punk, part new wave, part dance. Its what LCD Soundsystem wishes it was. Dude cant sing, but I'm happy he talks at me and puts “uh” to emphasize every last word. I really think this album is cool and sloppy, too sloppy. It makes me want to listen to everything the band has done, though. And that is a big deal. A win.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

T3B 1. Lost in Music 2. It’s a Curse 3. Glam-Racket This is a unique one.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Better than I expected. I like the guitar sound and most of the songs were engaging and edgy. Enjoyed it enough to listen to the whole album, so it was above average.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
2

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

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Wed Oct 28 2020
2

Very eccentric brit pop rock, unique but ultimately unsatisfying

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

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

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

no more The Fall.. dear god.. ick

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

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

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

what?

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

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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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

meh

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Wierd, not really good wierd.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Only listened to a few songs, it was okay.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

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

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Fri May 28 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

This was something for sure

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Pretty Eh.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

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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Thu May 27 2021
2

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

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Fri May 21 2021
2

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

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Thu May 20 2021
2

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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Fri May 14 2021
2

idgi

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

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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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

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

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

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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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

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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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

nah, gave up

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

4/10

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

it's a cœur-SUHH

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Decidedly average

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Weird

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

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

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Horrible singing. Great bass.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

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

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

03/08/22

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

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

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

2/5

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

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

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Thu May 05 2022
2

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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Fri May 06 2022
2

2/5 nothing interesting

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Thu May 12 2022
2

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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Fri May 20 2022
2

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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Mon May 23 2022
2

terrible

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Mon May 23 2022
2

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Nee, doe maar niet. Bijna vals ook.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Hier kon ik zeer weinig mee.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

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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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

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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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

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

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

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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Fri Aug 12 2022
2

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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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

The singer is not doing it for me at all.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

Wasn’t that good. Pretty annoying.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

It's interesting. Cool sounds. Not a fan of their vibes though. Might need context to appreciate them.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Mark E. Smiths delivery isn't for me. The input from other band members is clear as there's some great music on this. I don't really know how to rate it

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

You know an album that you never heard of is British 90s pop/indie just by seeing the cover pop up. The Fall's 'The Infotainment Scan' is a great example of 'If at first you don't succeed, maybe try 14 more times…" The Infotainment Scan is an okay album. I've never heard it before and this period is when I was at my prime new music listening. It's not a great album and it surely is not something that you definitely need to hear before you die. 2/5.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

ta raro

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Rochdale's finest? I hope not. It's massively disappointing to me. The Lost in Music cover sounds like they are taking the piss out of everyone.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

First unknown entity to me in this project, so I was excited about this one. There are some cool grooves going on here but the vocals are just weird. A bit like Pavement at times, but not in a good, absurdly fun way. Just some dude vibing over the music like he’s trying to decide how the real vocals should sound later. Except the real vocals never get recorded. I might like this as an instrumental.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

these last few albums have not been good

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Some Tracks have potential, but potential alone doensn't make them good...

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Sun Nov 06 2022
2

had potential, but ruined it.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Just skimmed

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Fri Nov 25 2022
2

Not a fan. Some of the vocals were okay some of the time, but a whole album of this was too much.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
2

It got annoying after a bit.

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Fri Oct 02 2020
1

Awful. DNF. 0 stars.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
1

not the best

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