Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Fall

Add Date: April 27

Artist:
The Fall

Album:
Your Future Our Clutter

Label:
Domino

Genre:
Rock, post-punk

Comments:
With the release of Your Future Our Clutter, The Fall's recording lifespan now occupies parts of five decades. On the surface, it would seem difficult, if not damn near impossible, to still sound fresh and come up with new ideas after that long of a run. However, if you believe that's the case with The Fall, you'd be underestimating one of the greatest forces in post-punk and rock music. Mark E Smith is the only original member remaining (that's been the case for years now), and it's likely that none of the other current members were even born when the Manchester band released its first album, Live at the Witch Trials, in 1979. What that means is an infusion of fresh ideas, from Peter "PP" Greenway's driving guitar to Eleni Poulou's keyboards to Keiron Melling's percussion.

However, what always makes The Fall's music work is what AllMusic.com calls Smith's "snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming bitter cynicism." Check out "O.F.Y.C. Showcase," "Weather Report 2," Wanda Jackson cover "Funnel of Love" and 8-minute epic "Y.F.O.C./Slippy Floor."

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