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The Fall

"The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country on the Click)" CD

Narnack Records

Genres: indie rock, rock

Narnack Records
381 Broadway
4th Floor
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."

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]