The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace
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- Released: February 1, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
Alternative Press - 7/95, p.84Ranked #33 in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...If it weren't for these blokes, it would be hard to imagine Pavement's charmed existence..."
The Wire - p.68"The songs are big and beaty and alterno-disco primed, subversively in sync with prevailing trends."
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #95 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
NME (Magazine) - 9/25/93, p.19Ranked #22 in NME's list of the '50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'
Record Collector (magazine) - p.874 stars out of 5 -- "John Leckie's production feels well placed....The star here is the album....Exemplary work from all involved."
Uncut (magazine) - p.984 stars out of 5 -- "Here, in all their menacing, utilitarian finery, is arguably the band's strongest configuration..."
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The Fall includes: Mark E. Smith (vocals, guitar, violin); Simon Rogers (guitar, keyboards, bass); Brix Smith (guitar, background vocals); Craig Scanlon (guitar); Stephen Hanley (bass); Karl Burns (drums).
Producers: John Leckie, Simon Rogers, Mark E. Smith.
Personnel: Mark E. Smith (vocals, guitar, violin); Brix Smith (vocals, guitar); Simon Rogers (acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass guitar); Steve Hanley (bass guitar); Karl Burns (drums).
Illustrators: Michael Pollard ; Claus Castenskiold.
Photographer: Carole Segal.
As stubbornly maverick as ever, the Fall's tenth album hinges on their now-accustomed dissonance, into which a tighter, commercial edge was introduced. New guitarist Brix Smith, wife of leader Mark E., added a partly melodious sheen that brought an air of 60s subculture to the group's post-industrial rattle. Nothing was sacrificed in the process and while "Bombast" hurtles with a vicious power, talismen Can were acknowledged in "I Am Damo Suzuki," the name of the German band's Japan-born singer. Mark Smith towers over the proceedings, his voice prowling about the music, enhancing its intensity. This album shows the Fall extending stylistic barriers without sacrificing their individuality.
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