The Fall – The Real New Fall LP (Formerly ‘Country On The Click’)

Absurdly titled, long delayed but ultimately outstanding 24th studio LP

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Playing to The Fall’s key strengths?glam rhythms, jagged riffs, obscure covers (Lee Hazlewood’s “Houston”, as popularised by Dean Martin) and lexicographic riddles (“Mike’s Love Xexagon”?)?this has to be Mark E Smith’s strongest set since 1999’s The Marshall Suite. “Contraflow” even revisits 1982’s rural-wary “Hard Life In Country”, just as “Theme From Sparta FC” stomps the same hooligan terrace as 1983’s classic “Kicker Conspiracy”. Great by Smith’s standards. Practically genius by everybody else’s.

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