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I was a little unconvinced by The Fall’s recent ‘Ersatz GB’ long-player, with some of its chunkier rock aspects coming across a little cumbersome for my tastes (although I’ve still got to credit Smith and co for trying something different after all these years) and while this new one shares the same line-up as its predecessor, The Fall are in much leaner and more sinister form this time round, with the focus, as with all their finest work, being on awkward post-punky repetition, lo-fi instrumentation and of course plenty of Mark E’s distinctive ranting over the top.
‘Hittite Man’’s slinky Lungfish-esque burble of cyclic bass (closer ‘Loadstones’ has some ace Lungfishy bits too), Eastern-sounding guitar lines and freeform invective is an instant highlight, as are single ‘Sir William Wray’ and the slightly more proggy ‘No Respects Rev’ which spends half its duration scrambled with radio interference, leading into the Can-ish insisto-kraut brilliance of ‘Victrola Time’. ‘Jam Song’ exudes a kind of freeform baggy-psych weirdness which will will polarise opinions, but I can at least reassure you that it sounds nothing like Paul Weller.
For my money they’re at their strongest on this LP when they’re wearing their krautrock influences on their sleeves, but despite the occasional meandering moment it’s another solid effort from one of the most consistent and prolific bands in the history of indie rock. Fans won’t be disappointed, and if you’re not already a fan you should be starting out with ‘Hex Enduction Hour’ and ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ like everyone else.
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