Are You - the LP version, which clocks in at a tight 40something minutes - sounds great to my ears. Not sure why opinions of the album generally aren't favourable - think it might be because it followed hot on the heels of Unutterable, which was their best LP in about a decade longer, probably and was an epic electro-garage opus. Are You sounds nothing like it, and some may have been disappointed. Again, likewise, Real New sounds too determinedly commercial to me. I think it's quite an important entry in their back catalogue though, because it's so accessible.
You point people in its direction when they want a starting point. Jockice I really have red hair. The Unutterable and it's predecessor, The Marshall Suite sort of passed me by. I bought them of course and played them but for some reason they didn't stick. Probably due to my personal circumstances at the time.
But since my Fall fan friend as mentioned earlier in this thread named The Unutterable as his favourite ever, I'm going to set aside some time to listen to it again. My favourite is still Grotesque by the way, with C'n'CS Mithering being probably my favourite track by them Athlete Cured - The Fall - The Frenz Experiment (Cassette. That or Athlete Cured. And yes, I know it's just the song from the end of Spinal Tap. When Album) elder sister suddenly started enquiring about The Fall after previously showing no interest I was tempted to do a 'greatest hits' compilation but Athlete Cured - The Fall - The Frenz Experiment (Cassette chucked her a Peel sessions CD I'd picked up from somewhere.
Not the box set though which my former work colleagues bought me as a 40th birthday present. That's all mine. By the way, have you ever heard anyone whistling a Fall song? I've only heard it twice. Lettris est un jeu de lettres gravitationnelles proche de Tetris. Il s'agit en 3 minutes de trouver le plus grand nombre de mots possibles de trois lettres et plus dans une grille de 16 lettres.
Il est aussi possible de jouer avec la grille de 25 cases. Participer au concours et enregistrer votre nom dans la liste de meilleurs joueurs! Changer la langue cible pour obtenir des traductions. Generally the sound here is more accessible and keyboard led Bonus tracks are added to the end this time, and they definitely up the enjoyment of the album for me. I Am Kurious Oranj - 7. It's a reworking of "Hip Priest" that sounds completely different; this time with a bit of bile and swagger.
Problem is it overshadows the rest of the songs, even if some of them Cab it Up! I was surprised how much I enjoyed their 90s output. Few, or maybe none of the albums match the highs of the previous decade, but I was led to believe that nothing was worth bothering with and that's not the case at all.
Most of the records in this decade have some flaws, and some have a lot of flaws, but if you've listened to everything up until this point and have enjoyed it, I would recommend giving some of these albums a try.
Extricate - 7. You can tell because the guitar riffs aren't as poppy and don't have the same kind of hooks that Brix would write, but that's not a knock on the guitar playing here. Although, now that I think about it, it's pretty simple and most of the malice is gone. Anyway, this is a pretty good album, with the only real downsides are the Monks covers. I haven't listened to the originals, but MES says "You" far too many times and it's irritating as shit.
Highlights: Sing! Mad underrated! Sonically, this is the cleanest, and friendliest release. This record grew on me; I thought it was pretty terrible and boring at first, but it won me over after a couple of listens. The only song that kind of sucks is "Sinister Waltz", which is true to its name, I suppose.
I expect a lot to disagree with me on this album, but if anyone wants to listen to a Fall album that sounds nothing like anything from the 80s, pick this up. I'd get the reissue with the bonus 2nd CD, because it restores the original tracklist. There were only two extra tracks but I like the flow of the album with the extra tracks on the second disc instead.
Code Selfish - 7. I like this album but it's sort of inconsistent, especially in the second side. Some great tracks, like "Free Range", which is a pretty competent dance song and a classic Fall track. Recommended if you like Shift Work, but in my unpopular opinion, it's the lesser of the two. I'm starting to think that you can listen to the opening riff of a Fall song and if you like it, then you'll like the rest of the song.
With this album, all of those opening riffs are good! With this album, the 2CD reissue only adds songs on a second disc; it doesn't alter the tracklisting in any way.
The band seems to be going through the motions, and some of the tracks are forgettable, but the nonforgettable tracks are very strong. But all is good up until "War", when things take a miraculous dive for the worse. The album ends alright with another Monks cover, but the only real good track on the second half is "Hey! Brix Smith returns, and it sounds like it's going to be great; lo-fi tunes and more attitude from the band than we've seen since the 80s.
But it's just so half assed; imagine some of the lesser tunes from Middle Class Revolt played more angrily. That's not to say it's all bad; I actually like some of the songs: "Life Just Bounces" is a re-recording of an Extricate era song that seems more developed than nearly everything on this album, "the Aphid" succeeds despite Album) guitar riff that sounds like it was written by someone who had just picked up a guitar, "Pine Leaves" has some great keyboardin' and a rare appearence by what sounds like an acoustic guitar.
The problem with this album isn't that it's uniformly terrible, but just that nothing is truly a cut above the rest. It's worth spinning every now and again, but it's no one's favorite Fall album. I also think the production bails out some of the songs.
If you're interested, the second CD has some alternate mixes, but given the strength of the song writing, it's probably better to just grab the original release. The Light User Syndrome - 7. There are a few duds, and the album is Album) bit overlong especially with the added bonus tracks but it's a quality release.
It just farts all over "Power Keg" in a good way. It's a whopping 17 tracks! Levitate - 7. It's actually a decent comparison, because while Room to Live excluded certain band members from playing on some tracks, Levitate seems like it was created mostly in the studio by messing with band member's recordings.
I'll sum it up with a very fitting quote from Mark Prindle; I got the exact same feeling when I first listened to it: "My point here is that, even though these songs sound like incomplete constructions, I'd bet probably half a dollar that these ditties actually WERE at one time complete songs, but Mark purposely screwed everything up in post-production. I can just see the rest of the band especially the two new guitarists, whose input seems to have been nearly entirely deleted from the final mix sitting down and listening to the final product with these huge furrows in their brow as they nudge each other and ask, "It didn't sound like that when we PLAYED it, did it?
In reply to Blue Straggler: Yeah, sure, why not? Indie is reference to the label signed to, not a genre. How strict is this though. They started on ZTT I believe, now did they enable the label to move into mainstream due to record sales? Or did they help keep the Indie tag faithful and cool? MarkT 13 Sep In reply to soularch: Six of the best off the top of my head: Moonchild - Fields of the Nephilim Thieves like us - New Order What difference does it make?
In reply to soularch: Crazyhead What Gives you the idea that you're so amazing baby? Gazlynn 13 Sep In reply to soularch: A seventh addition to my six of the best is the extraordinary 'Birthday' by The Sugarcubes.
Flinticus 13 Sep Must get it. In reply to soularch: Good responses, I've certainly been reminded of a few classics there that I'll need to listen to again. Not going to worry about the definition of 'Indie' too much, genre or record label, whatever. In reply to soularch: And, lest we forget, Joy Division released 'Love will tear us apart' and the awe-inspiring 'Atmosphere' in Tall Clare 13 Sep In reply to soularch: another vote for A Forest.
And how come nobodys mentioned Vienna yet? In reply to Tall Clare: Get turntable! In reply to mountainmadness: oo thank you, just been listening to She sells sanctuary -brilliant. The Pylon King 13 Sep In reply to soularch: Joy Division - Closer. JLS 13 Sep In reply to soularch: I'd like to add these to the playlist Carless 13 Sep PaulHermes 13 Sep In reply to soularch: Has to be the Cocteau Twins, even named a route on the slate from them Dominion 13 Sep There was all the stuff on Cherry Red, which was a subsidiary of Rough Trade, as well - think Everything but the Girl But they were still Indie to anyone who went and saw them, in the first half of the 80s Indie was a state of mind, rather than a label
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