Imperial Wax Solvent by The Fall

My brother once got a napkin signed by Mark E. Smith. I say signed, he got Mark's mum to ask him to put his mark on it and he ended up signing it 'From Wolfman'. Maybe it's something to do with the second track on this called 'Wolf Kidult Man'. Anyway, 'Imperial Wax Solvent' is the 26th album from the prolific Manchester post-punks, and it's one of their most celebrated of the 2000s decade for its different take on The Fall sound. It's rawer, more lo-fi, a bit more experimental. The record was also subject to humoured controversy when a pressing error led to audio landing on the initial shipment of X-factor contestant Faryl Smith's debut. Lovely.

Limited Vinyl Double LP £29.99 BREDD811

Limited edition splatter vinyl 2LP on Cherry Red. Includes the original and the un-used version of the album recorded at London’s Britannia Row Studios.

  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
Pre-order. Due in on 30th October 2020 but delays are possible.

CD box set £20.99 CDTRED810

Digipak 3CD on Cherry Red. Includes the original and the un-used version of the album recorded at London’s Britannia Row Studios. Plus a live set recorded at De La Warr, Bexhill On Sea from 10th May 2008.

Pre-order. Due in on 30th October 2020 but delays are possible.

Limited Vinyl LP £23.99 BRED749

Limited edition yellow vinyl reissue LP on Cherry Red.

  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Record Store Day item
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Vinyl LP £14.99 1766796

LP on Castle Music.

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CD £13.99 1765729

CD on Castle Music.

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Imperial Wax Solvent by The Fall
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9/10 Brian 01 May 2008
Was little concerned when I heard the last Fall lp. They've been doing "good one, weak one" for years now. 'Imperial Wax Solvent' is a goodie, his lyrics getting a bit more interesting & coherent again here (hehehe!) The music twangy, driving, repetitious, discordant, timeless. Just garage kraut boogie grind. I fucking love this band. They're a bit mental, like me. There's also a strong return to experimental peppering of tunes to keep them vibrant & current. One of the best ever Fall albums was 'The Light User Syndrome' a dark, warped stew indeed. This has strong shades of that tough nut psychosis, IE 'I've Been Duped' is like a weird new wave Stereolab punk rocker with the sultry missus on vox. A real cracking decade dissolver, it sounds brand new retro, like out of time, Monks style. He fucks with tape drop outs and odd sound levels on 'Strangetown' with it's early PIL riff giving way to hypnotic classic cowtown Fall guitars. He's a mad old badger is Smith but he fucking knows how to make a wickedly trashed record. You can tell he's been chilling on Mars with those two German androids too. If yr curious just buy it. If yr a fan bloody insist on it!
8/10 Iain Customer rating (no review), 7th May 2019



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