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Live At The Witch Trials

The Fall

1979

Live At The Witch Trials

Album Summary

Live at the Witch Trials is the debut studio album by The Fall. It was released on 16 March 1979, through record label Step-Forward. It is not, despite its title, a live album and was recorded in a studio in a single day and mixed by producer Bob Sargeant.

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Rating

2.6

Votes

4567

Genres

  • Post Punk
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Wed Sep 02 2020
5

If you're not in the mood, this is just a drunkard singing pub songs. But i'm always in the mood, and when you are, this is one of the most most clever artist. Those bass-lines are proper good. It has a perfect mix of the madchester funkyness mixed with post punk. RIP.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 17/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =82 Fuckin crackin mate

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

I like the energy and attitude, but the songwriting just isn’t there in most cases. I could see later albums by this band really growing into something cool, but this debut just doesn’t do it for me

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Fri May 27 2022
2

I am pretty sure that I don't like this album at all, but I was in a peculiar mood on my walk this morning and found myself laughing at a couple of moments that I guess I found absurd...so maybe that is a sign that there is something there. On second listen...I was right, I really don't like this album.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

what a fun album, really weird style but I loved it 10/10

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

All I could think while I was listening was wow, what a strong debut album. I feel like the opening lyrics to 'Mother - Sister!' really encapsulates this album in the best way. "Er, what's this thing about? Er, nothing." I feel like the artists didn't worry about hitting you over the head with a message or conforming to what might have been expected from a debut album, they just created a series of rocking songs from start to finish. Some might dismiss it as sounding like drunken rambling at times, but I think that's what makes the album special.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

We are the Fall Northern white crap that talks back We are not black. Tall. No boxes for us. Do not fuck us. We are frigid stars. We were spitting, we were snapping "Cop Out, Cop Out!" as if from heaven. PREFS: TOUT MOINS PREFS: RIEN

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Snarling, growling, like a dog in the corner, Mark E Smith is utterly terrifying, all bark and all bite as the band make incredible post punk. I think this might be genius. I think this might be a work of art.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Wow I more knew of The fall and Mark E Smith before, but damn I loved that. Raw but crucially great tunes and lyrics, middle of the album sagged a little, but was great!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

The Mighty Fall! Didn't know this first album, but as good as e.g. Wonderful & Frighening World of and Kurious Oranj. Saw them live once and was amazing, Mark E Smith made sure everything rhymes by e.g. putting "Uh" after each word, my FriendsUH dont count up to one HandUH!. 5 stars!

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Unhinged, weird, but I kinda loved it in all honesty. I think I prefer this one to another The Fall album the generator gave me a month or so ago, This Nation's Saving Grace. Favourite: Mother-Sister! "-Uh, what's this song about?" "-Uh, nothin'."

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Fri Sep 04 2020
4

A surprisingly decent, very old album. Has meaningful and cryptic lyrics with an abrasive sound throughout

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Thu Oct 01 2020
4

actually quite liked this, do like a manchester band to be fair

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Fri Jan 01 2021
4

Had forgotten how good it is.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

I guess this is punk without the aggressive/fast music. Also, the riff on the last track sounded like Republica's "Ready to Go"

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Punk Fuckin Rock!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

The roots of punk!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Das hat doch Hand und Fuß - 4

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Thought I was listening to the artic monkeys. Cool.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Wreszcie powrot na lono wyspiarskie, gdzie tym razem wylosowalo post punkowa perelke, bo live at the witch trials to jeden z tych albumow, ktory raczej nie podejdzie szerokiemu gronu sluchaczy, ale tych ktorych zauroczyl zmieni w the fallowych fiendow, laknacych wiecej tego typu materialu, co stanowi o jego unikatowosci tego krazka, zaczynajac od tytulu, live at the witch trials, pasowaloby do zapisu jakiegos wystepu, ale jest to debiutancki numer grupy, a nazwa moze nawiazywac do tego, ze calosc zostala nagrana podczas jednodniowej sesji, co do samych livowych albumow, to w dyskografii zespolu jest ich 55 co z 31 albumami studyjnymi tworzy naprawde gigantyczna kolekcje, co jest w tym wszystkim najciekawsze jest to jak wygladal sklad grupy w przeciagu tych prawie 40 lat, jedynie wokalista i osoba odpowiedzialna za teksty byla czlonkiem ktory pozostal z orginalnej ekipy i zakonczyl swoj zywot jako ojciec zalozyciel bandy, dajac wystepy z wozka inwalidzkiego, po smierci Marka Smitha banda zakonczyla dzialanosc w 2k18, wiec juz to daje wskazowke gdzie bedzie lezec jedna z glowych sil zespolu, kontencie lirycznym, 38 minut materialu nagrania ma w sobie tyle pomyslow, ktorych ciezko szukac na calej dyskografii niektorych zespolow, tak patrze na ciebie U2 i radjohedzie, glownym poruszanym tematem sa narkotyki, z dosc wyraznym protestem przeciwko szuakniu wolnosci w niewoli substancji, co najlepiej slychac na trakach frightened, no xmas for john quays, jedna z lepszych gier slownych jakie widzialem w tytulach piosenek, ale nie jest plyta wylacznie o drugach, bo kawalki takie jak rebellious jukebox ladnie podsumowuje brytyjska scene muzyczna, porownojac ja do grajacej szafy, jest to jeden z najbardziej catchowych songow calej plyty, zwlaszcza fragment refrenowy i wykorzystane tam klawisze, ale co do powtorzen, to jest nawet caly kawalek na ten temat repetition, song stworzony zeby byl jak najbardziej monotonym songiem plyty, akurat nie pojawia sie na orginalnym wydaniu, ale spotifaj mial ultra giga deluxe z ponad dwoma godzinami materialu i prawdziwymi livowymi nagraniami, niestety wiekszosc w dosc garazowej jakosci, repetition moglby byc nihilistycznym hymnem stwierdzajacym nijakosc wszystkiego wokol, jak na post punka to nie moglo zabraknac takze tematow zwiazanych z nierownosciami spolecznymi, zwlaszcza jesli chodzi o los klasy pracowniczej jak na kawalku industrial estate, wiec jest czego sluchac, a przygrywa temu dosc klasyczny sklad, bo gitarka, basior, drumy i klawisze, ktore najbardziej sie wybijaja na tle innych instrumentali i czuc ich obecnosc, pewnie dlatego tez pan Pawlett ktory na nich gra pojawia sie jeszcze na kilku materialach bandy, ale jak na material nagrywany podczas jednej sesji to nie ma sie za bardzo czego przyczepiac do reszty ekipy, produkcja odwalila takze kawal dobrej roboty, majac porownanie sluchajac prawdziwych livowych wersji, instrumenty sa wyraznie zaznaczone na kanalach, a jednoczesnie czuc buntowniczy charakter i lajwowosc nagrania na orginalnym wydaniu, plyta z pewnoscia przekonala mnie do zapoznania sie z reszta tworcznosci the falla i sama persona jej zalozyciela i osobe wokol ktorej sie zespol obracal Marka Smitha, co do kawalkow ktore leca na plejke, to beda to otwierajacy frightened, swiateczny songers i powtorzeniowy majstersztyk

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Incredible album. Mark E. Smith has an very unique voice. Top 3 Fall album. 8/10

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

It's incongruous that I don't really know the music of the Fall. Late 70s early 80s alternative music is MY era, so why did the Fall escape my grasp? Anyhow my first listen to this album and I very much enjoyed it. It's got some dissonance that reminds me of PiL. Definitely has an avant-garde feel which might explain why it escaped my radar. But even using these descriptors it still had some accessibility. 3.75 🌟

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

This the shit im looking for. Cool stuff ive never heard of.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one, especially from a band I hadn't heard before. Will get more play time from me, for sure!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Sounds like an album I should have already listened to. Very enjoyable

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I'm only somewhat familiar with The Fall. I've heard This Nation's Saving Grace a long time ago, but I already forgot what it sounded like. I know, that sounds crazy, but it didn't click with me at the time. This album, however, clicked almost instantly. I'm excited to return to this one. I like the punk-ish sound it has. There were some areas that lost me, but for the most part it's good!

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Enjoyed this one. Punk rock vibes. Great lyrics. Love bass and drum parts.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Pretty solid post-punk

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I am actually starting to love the Fall, just a little bit

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Pretty great! 2nd listen. Standouts: Frightened, Rebellious Jukebox, more…

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

It's a solid album. I honestly don't have too many thoughts other than I thought it was very good but not quite great.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

A very cool album. O e that I missed back in the day but I'm happy to discover it at this late date. It does get a little avant garde here and there but it ne er loses its pop song way. 3.75 🌟

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

“An album of staggeringly rich, mature music, inner questioning hand in hand with rock and roll at its fiercest, its finest, its most honest, rock and roll at its naked, most stimulating prime.”

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

I like the Fall and this is a good one. My biggest issue with this album and the Fall in general is more isn't better. There output is impressive but there songs are highly repetitive. Still good stuff.

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Angry, almost toxic album that screams '1979'. They finished it in a day, took me a little longer.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Liked the album and it's fun to hear where all the post-punk bands I regularly listen to come from. 4/5

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Punk como melódico. Está bien. Un 4.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Sure

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

This is why this list is so great. It introduced me to albums like this. Love it.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Another album from The Fall and another album that took a few listens to 'get'. Superb album

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

If this record was a person it'd be Johnny from NAKED. So a pretty good portrait of Mark E. Smith, then.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

meh

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

When punk was very raw.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

lacking that punch yknow i like some

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

jonkees. bri ish init. guitar reminds me of my dad lol. jonkees.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Carried on listening to The Fall after, they do be having better albums

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Great punk elements throughout, a little too free form for my tastes but can definitely appreciate the sound they were going for

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

New wave/post punk. It's lacking the post-punk sound both in instrumentation and vocals, and is quite safe tonally. 5/10, lukewarm.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Ja gut, das alles klingt, gemessen an den vielen großen Würfen des späteren Outputs noch recht statisch, Mark E. Smiths Sneer ist noch unterentwickelt und auch rumpeln tut es noch nicht so schön. Wenn auch Schlagzeug und Bass schon damals wussten wo sie hin wollten und wie lange der Kaugummi kaut. Aber da musste man ja auch erstmal drauf kommen, 1979 in einem untergehenden England, und eine vage Idee gibt mir dass ja auch Smith einer der ca. 45 oder so Besucher des legendären Sex-Pistols-Gigs in der Lesser Free Trade Hall im Juni 1976 war (sonst noch dabei: halb Joy Division, die Buzzcocks, Morissey, Tony Wilson und natürlich Mick Hucknall), und auch er seine Lehren daraus gezogen hat. Wollte ich aber nur so loswerden, hat nichts mit der Platte zu tun. Die kriegt von mir 3 Punkte, schon allein wegen "No Christmas for John Quays", für "Music Scene" und für "Rebellious Jukebox".

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

I love the way Mark E Smith adds a vowel to the end of the last word of every sentence. Makes his rants sound more caustic. I like his attitude and style, and while the first song is a classic, a whole album is a bit much. Hard to believe he/they released 30+ studio albums.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

This was fun, I've heard a lot about the Fall but never listened to them. What I found here was a post punk record filled with quick catchy hooks

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

This is an interesting album from a time when desperately needed new sounds had finally emerged. I never heard of this band. Not surprising since, other than college radio stations, there was zero chance a station (especially in Northern Ontario) would pick this up. I quite like the drumming and read that Karl Burns was fired from The Fall multiple times. Their loss (and gain when rehired!)

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

A little rough but not too shabby.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Pretty good, sounds like Punk mixed with New Wave and Alternative music.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Semi weird punk. Later half was good!

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Thu May 27 2021
3

I liked the music but can only handle one song at a time, not a whole album. Not their fault.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

A little clashy and out there for my taste!

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

One of the weakest of the early Fall albums but still some moments to savour

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

For a while I was waiting for traditinal songcraft to emerge from the assembled disorder of these boldly struck notes. But after spending a few moments considering the title Industrial Estate, I reckon cascading riffs, tumbling drums and vocals on the point of jumping up and running out of the room are better when only loosely connected. To borrow a phrase from Chuck Eddy, call it soundcraft.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

I’ve long wondered where this kind of sound came from - the sort of punky, speak singing, repetitive riffs and rhythms - I’m mainly thinking Idles and their ilk. And I’ve also long wondered what exactly it is The Fall do to be revered so. I guess now I know on both counts.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

3.3 - Sneering post-punk with noisy-busy guitar, punk vocals, minimal production. But synthesizer sounds exceptionally weak. More tongue-in-cheek than pretentious. A cool enough vibe without any standout tracks.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Close to what I like but not exactly

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

I've struggled with The Fall over the years and only a couple of months ago developed an appreciation for them. There's a certain style of early post punk that kind of blurs together for me - The Fall, Gang of Four, Wire, Mission of Burma... some of it is good, but it lacks some of the personality that set apart some of the better examples of the genre for me (Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Pop Group, Pere Ubu, This Heat).

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Punk

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Paunkað, áhugavert, ætti að hlusta aftur

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Pretty trash

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

A refreshingly raw sounding album for The Fall's debut. I didn't know what to expect as I haven't listened to much from The Fall, and it was a pleasant surprise. A good punk record. I quite liked it, not loved, but I'll listen to more from the band!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Early light heavy metal?

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Interesting punk album, didn’t really move me

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Not bad sound, I guess they were pioneers of this genre? Not what I was expecting but pretty good.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Great title and album cover. Another fun quirky punky romp from The Fall. Last time I gave them 4 stars. This album feels more like a 3 from me. I am not well-versed enough in The Fall to know if I truly think this is a lesser album than This Nation’s Saving Grace, or if maybe I just wasn't in the mood.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Enjoyed this!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

It is a punk rock album. I was not familiar with the band or any of the songs. It was alright.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

A beguiling slice of proto-punk. Lyrically very interesting - probably more so than musically

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

ehhh þetta er svona allt i lagi nema hvað röddin og hreimurinn hja söngvaranum er frekar fokkin pirrandi, gef þessu tæpar 3 stjörnur

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

I didn't care for it.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Like most Fall albums it gets a bit samey but still sounds great

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

I saw one person describing this as a "drunkard singing pub songs". For me that was exactly it. It's not bad, it's kinda decent.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

good band.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Buena onda, suena súper

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

I'm strangely into this... Weird coincidence... I read a book (Sellout) that talked about a historic performance by At the Drive In at Big Day Out. They give an extended shout out to the Fall who'd I'd never heard of.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Very 70s punk sound. ok

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Mon May 09 2022
3

My first exposure to this band was given to me by this generator 10 months ago, their 90s Infotainment Scan, and it was absolutely horrendous, and I absolutely hated the conflict with Mark Smith's vocals. But I gave their earlier work a chance, and I actually really enjoyed their range of styles over the decades. This is my first time hearing their debut, and I immediately enjoyed it from start to finish. I immediately knew going in this would get poor reviews from this site. It's super abrasive and hard on the ears not used to post-punk. The production is intentionally low too, but the instruments are well-balanced, which I believe works in their favor. It's post-punk at its rawest yet true to form. The lyrics are nonsensical and punk in spirit, the vocals are energetic and goofy, and the instrumentals are tight and dynamic. I bet if the album were 100% instrumental, people would appreciate it much more. It's dark and mysterious (props to the bassist), and the keyboard serves as an ode to krautrock, sticking out from the rest of the crowd. The solos are quick and subtle, lasting for only a few seconds and lacking flashiness. They're small treats if you can pick them out. As a whole, the tracks roll from one to the next, distinctive yet cohesive. I'm giving 3 stars merely because it doesn't live up to the standards of similar style post-punk records (think Killing Joke). The record is full of creativity, but I only saved "Frightened" and "Rebellious Jukebox" as standalone pieces I'd enjoy listening to on their own. No doubt I'll listen to this time and time again; post-punk is my favorite genre.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

This was fine. Nothing amazing, but it wasn't terrible.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Pink rock, pleasant enough but did not hold my attention

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Fun album, enjoyed it.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

A decent album by The Fall. Not my favourite of theirs, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Liked these guys! Probz didn’t need a full album of it though. Will check out the other tracks per Sean’s input. But we rating the album not the band or the songs.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Decent rock album but that's about it, nothing remarkable or outstanding about it

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Easily forgettable punk album.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

A true classic but hard to stand. Massive negative affect. Mark E Smith the king of irritability and bad vibrations!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

This had some great moments on it but felt a bit tedious to listen to. You really have to be in the right mood for it, but it's some great punk. I can see a time a place for it but mostly I think it was important to hear once to better understand British post-punk.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

5/10 meh, nothing spectacular

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Whirlwind. Tight album

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Two Steps back is a standout. Very enjoyable in parts

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

it's craggy, it's raw, it's at times terrible to listen to. but it's also rather brilliant. Psycho Mafia my standout track

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Decent punk album but easy to tune out and forget about.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

The Fall is off to a good start with their first studio album: Live at the Witch Trials. It feels fully formed and yet this record doesn't overstay its welcome like some later albums by the Fall. I wish they had made a habit of the brevity on display here.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Not really a fan of this. I don’t hate it like I have some of the post-punk but Imjust don’t think it lives up to the hype.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Ensimmäiset kolme biisiä ovat lähes täysosumia: ne toteuttavat täydellisesti tämän levyn musiikillista ideaalia, jossa post-Johnny Rotten-vokaalit yhdistyvät taustoihin ja riffeihin, joiden kauttaaltaan yllätyksellinen melodisuus tekee lopputuloksesta enemmän kuin sulatettavaa eli nautinnollista. Kokonaisuudessan levy ei ole yhtä laadukas, mutta kaiken kaikkiaan se on raikas ja toimiva, eikä mitenkään mahdottoman kaukana neljästä tähdestä.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Not entirely sure what to make of it. I think it was good.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

I enjoyed this one more the second listen. Songs are pretty simple in nature, but are good tunes with catchy riffs and melodies. Can be pretty fun to sing along too. I like "Rebellious Jukebox", "Industrial Estate" and 'No Xmas for John Quays" the most probably, but 'Music Scene' would be up there too. This album is not bad, I'd give it a try. 3.25/5

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Tue Sep 15 2020
2

Not my kind of music, too wild n screamy, punkish,

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Fri Dec 11 2020
2

Rebelsk, eksperimenterende punk-rock

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

A bit too yell-y. Not much in the way of melody, and the guitar/instrumentals are not very inspiring

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Meh

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Punk with keyboards, interesting

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

Blech.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Ja erg brits, klinkt als n stel kiddos die debiel goed zijn met instrumenten

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

I was expecting to like this, but I have to say it's a no for me. Repetitious and sorta boring. 2 stars.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Meh.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

And I thought Rage at the Machine was angry. I guess I like post-punk if its a bit more melodic like the Clash, Gang of Four, The Stranglers etc.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Nothing caught my ear, but overall quality sound, with a few niche uses

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

5

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

never liked how off key punk music sounds with someone singing, I'll never get used to it

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Meh. Nothing stood out.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

The music isn't that bad, but there's too much of it to the point I got way past fed up.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

More uninspired brit punk.

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Sun May 30 2021
2

Not my vibe

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Not really something I'd listen to on the regular.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

51. Este estudo poderia ser uma ironia académica. Propõe-se a melhorar o reconhecimento de notícias falsas, através da exclusão da sátira, também ela falsa. Nada em mim é plágio, mas talvez o algoritmo não o saiba. Aqui fica a minha pouco subtil forma de o mostrar. MotA: Frightened "Someone's always on my tracks"

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Just couldn’t get going for me

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

A shame that the production mutes the raw intensity present on this LP. As a progenitor of the lo-fi distorted chorus sound, it's boggling that this album eschews a louder, more visceral production style for the flat mix that does nothing for the tracks.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
2

Conheci e nem lembrarei mais.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

First Listen. Interesting sounds. I like it and want to hear more of it. 2/5 for now.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Did not like

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Mon Oct 11 2021
2

Punk clásico y poco visceral. Guitarrero.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

Too shouty for me

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

So so

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

It’s not for me

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

Whoever put this list together was really into British punk music. We've had a lot of it lately - most of which I've really like. Not this one. I think if you're going to be in a band like this, they key is not to take yourself too seriously. I feel like these guys take themselves very seriously - something about it just seems like they're trying very hard to make it sound like they aren't trying very hard. You know? Anyhoo, I won't give them the lowest possible rating because - to their credit - this was probably pretty unique in the "post punk" era and I can actually here how this may have influenced some of the British pop-punk that came later. But still. . .

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

Ok. Right. A double album. Here we go... First repeat appearance on this list by an artist I had never heard before we started. Again, I like The Fall. Is this a live album? Because it sounds like it but I also noticed that most of their records on Spotify are "Live from..." and I don't think "The Witch Trials" is an actual place, let alone venue. By "sounds like it" I mean that the drums sound kinda shitty. Like they are EQ'd to cut through a live mix but not to sound appealing when listening back. God, this record is long. Ok. This was recorded in a single day. Had to look it up. And it wasn't originally a double LP. So, I've already listened through the original LP and I'm in the bonus tracks from a reissue now. Overall, I like this record but also can't imagine when/what setting it would make sense to revisit this.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Занятный бредок

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Not for me. No recognized songs

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

I’m much more attuned to this sort of post punky uh oh the 80s are here style sort of stuff, which makes it easier to know that I just don’t care too much for this one

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

not for me in the present frame of mind

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

This album is the debut album from The Fall and is in fact not a live album, as the title suggests. However, it was recorded in a single day and released to positive reviews. The music can be described as a mix of rock and punk, otherwise known as post-punk. "Rebellious Jukebox" was the standout track for me. The band did a great job of forming an instant classic debut album that still holds up as one of their best albums.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

This is just bad. 2/5 hours of bad music on this album. Sounds pretty punk for the era though. 4/10.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

I feel like their attitude outweighs their talent. Pub punk, I believe?

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Oddball noise. Slint-lite.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Bad

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Never listened to The Fall before. I probably never will again.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Boring. It's like they have a punk sound but on one-quarter speed. On a second listen I found there was a bit more to their sound than I originally thought. But it was still boring. It also felt like they were trying too hard to be clever (looking at you No Xmas for John Quays). Eventually it just felt pretentious. I gave it the second listen to make sure I wasn't being overly critical. It felt like hard work.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Wow, this was a bit tough to go through. It felt like they gave The Young Ones a bunch of instruments and said "put together some anti-establishment songs." They were very noodle-y. As a punk semi-fan, I had heard good things about the fall. I'm glad not to have paid attention.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Nope

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

I don't know what this is. I don't like it. I don't appreciate it.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

Awful

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

It was ok. Not my bag.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

This is like walking into Buffalo Exchange in the early 2000's and the burnout at the register is inflicting this on unsuspecting patrons who are just trying to find a vintage 90's-style mechanic shirt, but quickly decide it's not worth the trouble and leave. What's up for offer is very experimental, repetitive, and very low-fi. It has a garage punk sound, shout-singing, and simple 3/4 rhythms and progressions. I'm sure there's an audience for this, but it's not me.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

Not really that interesting to me. I was mostly bored, nothing really stood out much to me and several of the songs (I'm looking at you 'Music Scene') went on far too long. Not something I'm terribly interested in listening to again or adding to my collection. But I managed to not completely loathe it.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

I found this very uninteresting.

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Mon May 30 2022
2

2.5

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Listened to on 6/8/22 Favorite song: live at the witch trials I didn’t particularly enjoy this album and found it super repetitive

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Sun Jul 10 2022
2

I really didn't get this one...I listened to it, lots of weird and oddness and some fun stuff...but ya...it seemed like a bit of a fever dream.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

heel coole albumnaam maar muziek was echt iets dat ik al vaak gehoord had

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

ok, not that speciaal

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

I get it I totally get it. A lot of their stuff was great this album though was ehhh

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

sounds like open mic night on a monday at shitty dive bar

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Recommended for: smoking a cigarette in an artist commune. Enjoyed some songs, but skipped more. 2 (disappointing)

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Ik vond hier zeer weinig aan

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Not great but original

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Very, very raw. There are some spirited performances on here, but I feel like I'd probably not want to see this if it were at a bar. Favorite track: "Rebellious Jukebox"

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Just noise.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

suffocation et asthme à l’effort📍gare d’Hanovre (2/5)

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

Tried a couple of times but couldn't really get into this one..

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

3/3 punks rocked

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Cet album était des plus nauséabonds, on sent que Robert a eu besoin de relâcher la pression après une période d'activité exceptionnelle.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

J'avais pour idée de laisser une chance au style de musique post punk qui, je vous le rappelle, est un style dégueulasse. The Fall l'a bien laissée passer en produisant avec Live At The Witch Trials une nouvelle dégueulasserie.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

kinda interesting and funny at times, kinda drags - 2 stars probably. musicality is uninteresting

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

Not my bag - too scrappy and discordant - but I enjoyed listening to side two in particular (underground medicen and the last two tracks stood out on the album). I don’t want to listen to it again though and they would make much better songs later on

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

I’ve never really got The Fall. I’ve never really got the mystic and cult around Mark E Smith. The album is ok - but couldn’t shake the image of a decent pub band just going through the motions as I listened through it.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
1

yeah ok some kind of vaguely punk, art rock, anti-music sort of nonsense. you know this is music for people who like to think they "get" it, when really it just isn't very good. it's annoyingly self-referential, uses jarringly dissonant chord progressions (probably on purpose), singer just talks/yells in a grating northern English accent, presumably thinks he's telling poignant stories. 1/5 - I'd give it 2 just because it probably pre-dates black flag and doesn't drag on for an hour, but then I'd feel bad for Arcade Fire yesterday, getting lumped in with this sort of silliness.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
1

Did not like this

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Thu Jul 15 2021
1

noise.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

Not my thing.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

No favourites. Least favourite album so far.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Nahhhh

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Fri Jan 29 2021
1

hated it

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Hoooooorrible punklike kind of music

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Wed May 05 2021
1

Eine rotzig dünn hingeschnodderte Suppe. Sorry ich kann diesem vertonten Zähneknirschen auf Speed wenig abgewinnen. Auch war mir immer schon die huldvolle Haltung bei der Aussprache des Namens Mark E. Smith so suspekt - vergleichbar mit Leuten, die das „Sir“ bei Alec Guiness oder Peter Ustinov so genüsslich kennerhaft und verschworen jovial betonen. Ich find da nun wirklich nix bemerkenswert dran. Ungläubige 0.4

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Wed Apr 28 2021
1

This album is a....no. Just no.

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Sun May 30 2021
1

i couldnt make it through the first few songs

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Mon Jul 05 2021
1

Unlistenable. Terrible rhythm section sabotages attempt to be PiL.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
1

Not one of my favorites

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

Gewoon nee. Lekker met zn allen langs elkaar heen spelen. Omdat het kan ofzo.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

Soort van Engelse punk stijl maar dan met muzikanten die net niet in de maat spelen en een zanger die ook niet heel veel zangkwaliteiten heeft. Het nummer "Rebellious Jukebox" klinkt nog wel aardig. *

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

Horrible, horrible. Almost Coldplay level horrible

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

Extremely bad.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
1

You can tell it's written in one day, rip.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
1

This was terrible. I have no idea what I just listened too. Tedious screaming dude over repetitive baselines? My friend's band in middle school had more musicality than any of this.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
1

Not a pleasant album to listen to

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Thu Nov 25 2021
1

Annoying and atonal singing ruined the experience for me

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Sun Nov 28 2021
1

Not my pubm I'm

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Mon Nov 29 2021
1

Hard pass. When it sounds like I'm going to get yelled at instead of sung to, I tap out.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
1

Live at the Witch Trials by The Fall (1979) You can add this one to the list of albums that aren’t worth taking the time to put on a list. The Fall (basically Britisher punker Mark E. Smith and his Britisher punker buddies du jour from 1979 to 2017) has made a steady living shoveling feces our way since this debut album “Live at the Witch Trials”. Pity. There’s good punk rock out there, but this ain’t it. The less said about the ‘lyrics’ and the ‘vocals’, the better. Musically, most of these tracks amount to anti-melodic discord lazily draped over an almost competent rhythm section (The drummer, you see, is afraid of his own fills). And it sounds like the entire album was recorded in one day (It was). A clue to their version of artistic seriousness is the last three lines of the closing track: “Six minutes! 6:40! Ok, studio, that’s plenty.” Now to be fair (I always try to be fair), there’s some beautiful honesty in the titles of some of the tracks (“Crap Rap 2”, “Rebellious Jukebox”, “No Xmas for John Quays [junkies, get it?]”, and “Two Steps Back”), but that’s where the beauty ends. I think I hear the witches screaming, “Either turn that crap off or light the damn fire!” But no, this is one of the 1001 albums they must hear before they die. 1/5

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

This is not an album I would say needs to be heard before I die. If anything, I would have preferred never to listen to this album. Sounds like a high school band

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Sun Jan 02 2022
1

This one takes the cake This is the absolute worst album yet

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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

Best Song: No song is good enough to be the best of the bad bunch. Worst Song: Rebellious Jukebox. Everything about this sounds like a high school band's first performance of the second song they've ever written. Their classmates are nonplussed. Overall: Short (thankfully). Nothing exciting nor interesting here. Another example of when this list degrades into "1001 albums and older British man remembers from his youth."

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Fri Jan 28 2022
1

Just miserable. Potentially the worst album I've ever heard. You start listening to this album and finish with your mind hurting from confusion. It's just gibberish and noise. I would have been happier living my life not knowing about this album, but yet, my mind is weighed down by the fact that this exists.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
1

Torture. Painful listening Cover art: my favourite in a week 4/5

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