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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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2.73

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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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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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Fri Mar 12 2021
1

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

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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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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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Sun May 07 2023
4

You never quite know what a Fall album is going to sound like, but you know whatever they do, it’s going to sound like The Fall. Does that make sense? I think it does.

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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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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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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 08 2022
5

One of my favourite Fall albums (I think I might say this everytime I listen to a Fall album?). Nicely evokes happy memories with it's Madchester vibe, even if it does sound a little dated. I'm always surprised and impressed at how MES always stepped close to but rarely strayed into ruining great performances from his band members.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

the only Fall album I owned when it came out. contains my favorite Fall song, Paranoia Man, and so many other great tunes. hard to say what's their best but this is up there

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Sun Dec 25 2022
5

The only bad thing about this album is the suprisingly well played music which often overshadowed the spokenword lyrics of the titan that was Mark E Smith.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

I really disliked “Live at the Witch Trials” and disliked “The Nation’s Saving Grace.” I’m wondering why I need another album from The Fall. With great reservations and more than a little resentment this journey begins… “Ladybird”… this is not terrible… maybe even exceeding tolerable. Way better than expected. “Lost In Music”… what?! A remake of a Sister Sledge song?! By Nile Rogers?! Ummmm… this is unexpected… they’ve breached the walls! WTF?! I love this! “Glam-Racket”… nice beat! Great guitar! Fuck… am I having fun?! “I’m Going To Spain”… Love the delivery, love the tune, love the lyrics, love it! The remaining songs have interesting arrangements, a sort of punk-y vibe and constant undertones of madness. Even the odd talking-over-the-music thing is working for me over music this good. A few songs tested my patience a little… but they are surrounded with so much good stuff that any discomfort was quickly forgotten. Where The Fall’s other albums I heard were off-the-rails bad, this one is an odd and wildly fun ride that teeters precariously along without ever losing me as a listener. I willingly continued into the two bonus tracks and loved them both. Well hell… Never in a million years would I have thought The Fall would get a 5 out of me but The Infotainment Scan kicked me square in the musical nuts and here we are.

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

THIS is the album by The Fall that everyone should know (rather than Saving Grace). It has some of the best lyrics, and tunes, of any of their later albums. And possibly their best cover version in Lost In Music. Glam-Racket, Paranoia Man, A Past Gone Mad are all up there in the canon of great Fall songs. And this would be worth 5 stars for Service alone, one of sadly few wistful and poignant MES lyrics, made even more so by the janky House piano that tries to drive it along (and almost makes it). The nineties production is one of few reservations here. At the risk of being one of the 'lookback bores', these songs really would have benefited from a bigger sound, similar to Hex or Saving Grace. Or even the lo-fi clanking of Grotesque. This seems to fall (ahem) between pretty much every (bar) stool, soundwise. Oh, and Light/Fireworks could have been left off the end and everyone would have been much happier, I suspect. For better versions of many of these songs, The Twenty Seven Points live album shows what they could have sounded like. There's not really such a thing as a bad Fall album in my book, and this is one of the best. I just wish they'd beefed the sound up a bit.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

This is hilarious, and knowingly, intelligently so. Post-irony before it was even a thing.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

great album, my fist listen to The Fall and liked it a lot!

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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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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 Mar 11 2022
4

It bounces along quite nicely, and surprisingly for The Fall, it's half decent

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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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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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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

Great sardonic fun. I got lost in music great cover

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Wed Jan 04 2023
4

Another 'no idea who these guys are but glad it was on the list' album featuring jammin' base lines and vocals reminiscent of every drunken, semi-slurred, version of any song sung in a raucous pub at 2 o'clock in the morning. My kind of crowd.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
4

What? I actually like an album by The Fall? Yes, I guess so! Surprisingly fun and danceable.

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Sun Feb 26 2023
4

Fun listen. Just the right mix of punk and rock.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

Great post punk album. It even went a little techno at one point. Will be listening to this again.

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Fri Mar 17 2023
4

I like kicking the golden brown leaves down the path

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Fri Mar 17 2023
4

really not the best fall album, but how do you dip in to the catalogue and pick good ones without listening to them all?

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

A good but not great Fall album. It was given perhaps undue attention by the excellent & entertaining cover of 'Lost In Music'.

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Mon Mar 27 2023
4

Quality through and through, this stands up well in their vast and impressive catalog. The synth and tech, while providing a touch more than the ideal (or necessary) amount of sheen and gloss, freshen up an inimitable sound, which retains its dark and edgy bite. One's been more of a casual fan/approver/passive admirer type and finds this an interesting and wholly distinguished updating of a sound; only "Past Gone Mad" goes too far. "I'm Going to Spain" is just splendid, and "It's a Curse" (or is it "It's a Curse-UNH"?) the perfect follow up, with the barby sharpness one expects from this lot. "Why Are People Grudgeful" walks like a lark and talks like a lark, but what a delightful lark it is. One wonders how this might rate straight up against inferior Britpoppers like Blur, who would seem to owe more than a little to MES. Given the rich canon, staying power and consistent vision, in combination with a willingness to invent authentically, one can make the case for the Fall being the best ever underrated band (not the just most underrated).

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Wed Mar 29 2023
4

Band was never on my radar before these lists. Great unique sound.

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Wed May 03 2023
4

pretty good, had not heard of them but enjoyed it.

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Fri May 26 2023
4

Fun party music. Not totally my jam.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
4

De lät som om äjjän ville sälja mig någo

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

The Infotainment Scan by The Fall is a captivating and intriguing album that showcases the band's unique brand of post-punk and alternative rock. Released in 1993, it offers a diverse array of tracks that range from the infectious "Why Are People Grudgeful?" to the hypnotic "Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room." Mark E. Smith's distinctive vocals and witty lyrics shine throughout, creating a distinct and immersive listening experience. The album's production is raw yet compelling, adding to its gritty charm. While not as consistent as some of their earlier releases, The Infotainment Scan still stands as a testament to The Fall's undeniable talent and their ability to push musical boundaries. A recommended listen for fans of post-punk and alternative rock.

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Sun Jul 30 2023
4

I rediscovered The Fall with this album. Good mix of classic Fall and some new experiments. Mark E Smith is the black jelly bean of post-punk front men, and I love black jelly beans. Stand outs: Lost in Music I’m Going to Spain Light/Fireworks

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Fri Aug 04 2023
4

Awesome post-punk with a driving energy. The vocals are quite a choice. Can't say I'd make the same choice but it does add up to a cool style: Spoken word vocals + relentless riffs and rhythm. I bet LCD Soundsystem counts this album as an influence. Wow, "Past Gone Made" is an awesome track.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
4

An absolute blast of a record. Mark E. Smith is as good as post-punk singers come and with titles like “Paranoia Man In a Cheap Shit Room”, you know you’re in for a good time.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
4

This is just so fucking cool, man. Punky, dark dance music.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
4

Great album that pulls an insane mix of 70s rock, 80s synths, and early 90s grunge into a cohesive firestorm of an LP that works by sheer will alone. Vocals didn’t kill it for me - surprised to see so much whining about them here when they feel like a slightly drunker Ian Curtis at worst. Still, the instrumentation is by far what carries each track, with every song focusing an amalgamation of fuzzed-out guitar and dripping synths into an unholy combo that just works somehow. Even though the more synth-heavy tracks do tend to feel a bit dated, that’s not enough to slow down the momentum - overall, a much more enjoyable LP than I was expecting, especially given the reviews here

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Wed Aug 30 2023
4

bought this in 1995 at a pawn shop because they were on Matador and Pavement were said to have ripped them off. I didn't quite find it to be that exactly. But it's great. That voice is insane. What a weird dude. It grew on me. I was instantly in love with "I'm Going To Spain". Cute little song. This is fucking rad.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
4

This one surprised me. There were some moments of songs that were incredible and had me stop whatever I was doing to listen. The thing is, they'd always come back to earth on the next track. Pretty unique sound, though, with their steady house/dance rhythms, James bond-esque guitars, and their rambly talking heads-ish singer

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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 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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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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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

This album was alright. I've heard a bunch of the Fall before and while I like Mark E. Smith's vocal style most of this album doesn't do that much for me. But it's not bad either. Would probably do 2.5 but I'll round it up to 3.

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