[1985] The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace



The famous lyrical rant of "Feel the wrath of my bombast" appears a couple of minutes into This Nation's Saving Grace and sums up the aesthetic and drive of this band. Frontman Mark E. Smith is quite the little ball of bile-spewing fury, and he spits out his disgust over the course of eleven grimy little numbers. The Fall was unlike a lot of their peers, though, and took the time to expand the UK punk sound in different ways than before. Other than the quick workouts of the early "Mansion" and "Bombast," these songs are almost all four, five (even six) minutes long. Most sneering snots today can't find the proclivity for extended rants anymore (its all close-fisted hate and short blitzkriegs), but Smith makes it all seem almost artistic. The art notion is boosted further by the synth-driven "L.A." and the layered pastiche of recordings on "Paint Work." Other strong moments include the raucous pogo punk of "Barmy," the somewhat gentler, Lust For Life-era Iggy Pop exercise in "My New House," and the aforementioned stomper, "Mansion." Some debate rages over whether this is the most essential Fall album, but it's almost certainly one of the best places to start getting into them.
Best cuts: "Barmy," "What You Need," "L.A." "My New House," "Bombast," "I Am Damo Suzuki," "Gut of the Quantifier"


Genre: Post-punk
Quality: FLAC

Paint Work


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