"The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country on the
Genres: indie rock, rock
NY, NY 10013
Nov 29 - Dec 5 2004
After never really listening to The Fall previous to this album
(hey, what can I say...), I'm now planning on attending their next
Toronto show. Not because of their old, "classic"
material, but because of this one CD. Though it doesn't seem
that spectacular at first, The Real New Fall LP is enough to
make a believer out of me - and I'm a pretty tough person to convince.
On this album The Fall is angry, or at least they sound it -
but they channel this apparent bitterness into a selection of short rock numbers
heavy in guitar hooks and offbeat melodies. These don't really
sounds like "songs," but rather short melodic concepts, combining
catchy instrumentation with shouted/spoken rants - "Protein
Protection," in fact, sounds like Talking Heads'
"Once In A Lifetime." Bizarre musical strategies are
tied together by memorable choruses and effective hooks - rarely
are bands able to get away with this type of thing, but The Fall
supplement their experimental nature with an basic pop
sensibility. Only "The Past" fails - it's an odd
inclusion, as it is neither interesting nor listenable.
Overall, I consider this new album a tremendous success for The
Fall. According to the reviews I've read, their last album
was pretty mediocre, so it's nice to see such an established band find
their true form again. The Real New Fall LP is definitely
worth its price.
Fun Fact: On The New Real Fall LP,
The Fall list their bass player as "Dingo."
14 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]