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Fall - Ersatz

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    Personnel: Mark E. Smith (vocals); Eleni Poulou (keyboards); Keiron Melling (drums). Renowned for their merry-go-round of lineups, seminal post-punk outfit the Fall are arguably entering the most stable phase of their 35-year career, with iconic frontm......more

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Artist: Fall
Personnel: Mark E. Smith (vocals); Eleni Poulou (keyboards); Keiron Melling (drums). Renowned for their merry-go-round of lineups, seminal post-punk outfit the Fall are arguably entering the most stable phase of their 35-year career, with iconic frontman Mark E. Smith somehow managing to hold onto the same bunch of musicians for a third consecutive album. However, despite their rather unfamiliar solid foundations, their first release through Cherry Red Records, Ersatz G.B., proves they're still as unashamedly chaotic, hyperactive, and downright shambolic as they've ever been. Co-produced with former bassist Simon Archer, its ten tracks are a slightly heavier affair than 2010's Your Future Our Clutter, drifting into mosh pit territory on "Greenway," a surreal reworking of Greek metal band Anorimoi's "Gameboy," and embracing experimental sludge rock on the eight-minute epic "Monocard." But it's Smith's grumpy old man routine which, unsurprisingly, remains the focus of the record, whether it's berating the likes of Snow Patrol on the rockabilly-tinged "Mask Search," bizarrely dissecting a character from Gossip Girl on the spiraling indie rock of "Nate Will Not Return," or drunkenly slurring through the rumbling garage punk of opener "Cosmos 7." As always, his disgruntled, abrasive, and sometimes incomprehensible rants make for an exhausting listen, particularly on the vitriolic call to arms of closer "Age of Chang." And while the Fall wouldn't be the Fall without his caustic wit, random pop culture references, and savage attacks on society, the plodding "I've Seen Them Come" and "Laptop Dog" leave you wishing that his wife/keyboardist Eleni Poulou's Nico-esque vocals on the jangly "Happi Song" could have come to the forefront more often. If you haven't been charmed by any one of their previous 28 records, it's highly unlikely you'll succumb to their 29th. Their biggest champion, the late John Peel once said, "they are always different, they are always the same." ~ J...
See Also:
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats, Bend Sinister, 458489 A-Sides, Perverted by Language, Grotesque (After the Gramme), Hex Enduction Hour
See Influences:
Neu!, The Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Kinks, Alex Harvey (Rock), Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Van der Graaf Generator, Faust, The Incredible String Band, Captain Beefheart, Johnny Cash, The Seeds, John Lennon, The Stooges, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, This Heat, Can, The Byrds, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Syd Barrett, The Fugs, The Beatles
See Contemporaries:
Television, The Blue Orchids, The Only Ones, Gang of Four, Wire, Blumfeld, Pere Ubu, Robyn Hitchcock, The Soft Boys, The Smiths, The Slits, Swell Maps, The Teardrop Explodes, Adult Net, Fire Engines, Crime & the City Solution, Girls Against Boys, The Saints (Punk), DNA, Bauhaus (UK), Half Japanese, The Au Pairs, Killing Joke, The Raincoats, The Pop Group (Rock), The Nightingales (U.K.), Joy Division, The Birthday Party, Alternative TV, Pavement, The Celibate Rifles, The Mekons, The Skids, Githead, Delta 5, Squeeze, Public Image Ltd., Band of Susans, Sonic Youth, Disco Zombies
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Cosmos 7
  2. 2 Taking Off
  3. 3 Nate Will Not Return
  4. 4 Mask Search
  5. 5 Greenway
  6. 6 Happi Song
  7. 7 Monocard
  8. 8 Laptop Dog
  9. 9 I've Seen Them Come
  10. 10 Age of Chang
Rock & Pop
Cherry Red Records
Mark E. Smith; Simon Archer
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
SPARS Coding:
45 : 41
Editorial Reviews:
Spin (p.76) - "Bracing guitar shards invade nearly every peaceable melody, and Smith's sinister, sneering, disjointed babble always confuses more than clarifies -- which is, of course, the point." The Wire (p.58) - "[Smith's] bark infects everything around it, giving the music a nervous, vibrant edge and turning potentially slick songs into serrated mantras." Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a change of direction, which is no mean feat for a band so longstanding."
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  • It's The Fall - that's all you need to know!

    While not up to the awesome standards of the previous album, Your Future, Our Clutter, this is still a great Fall cd. Mark E Smith will always have something to harangue the listener about, and even though he's a bit less articulate and bilious with age, his rants and trippy lyrical excursion still intrigue. Since The Fall have been steadily putting out records since 1977, it's nearly impossible to say where a neophyte should start - but it probably wouldn't be this album....but for a Fall fan (and they tend to be rabid).....well, I'm wasting my time because you already own this :)

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