The Fall
Dragnet


4.5
superb

Review

by butcherboy USER (123 Reviews)
June 11th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The old golden savages killed their philosophers..

Coming mere months after their Live at the Witch Trials initiation, draGnet wasn’t just The Fall fanning out their sound, but in ways was also Mark E. Smith laying out his statement of purpose – smashing up songs until they were just jittery clusters of primitive tics. Everything about draGnet is difficult. Songs coast in on earworm riffs and then plug on without modulation until that instant pleasure starts losing all meaning. Words are flung about like beer bottles, at times randomized, at times pointed, always declarative, loud and caustic. It gives the album a punishing, brutalized slant. Despite always leaning more toward the synthetic angles of post-punk, The Fall’s disposition for utter nihilism, bend of chaos, and lager-soaked call for war on sophistication and swank made them just about the most punk-esque groups around, at least from an ideological point. That bleeds through every crack in draGnet. It’s bratty and sharp-tongued, throws a good punch, and pouts in the interim.

‘First thought, best thought’ is the dictum here. “Psykick Dance Hall,” “A Figure Walks,” the chug-a-chug “Before the Moon Falls,” and the classically sinister “Fiery Jack” are all twitchy mounds of hungover viscera. Plenty’s been said about the concealed nuance in themes and sounds that make up Mark E. Smith’s perpetually-fevered brain, but draGnet does just fine without subliminal takes. It shakes like exposed nerve, and unceremoniously deploys everything The Fall have to show for themselves. “Rowche Rumble” runs giddily along chiming blips, like a villain from a kitschy flick. “Flat of Angles” slides around like a malformed rockabilly imp. And the numbingly stubborn eight minutes of “Spectre Vs. Rector” will send the mind reeling if it doesn’t jab a hole in the head first.

It’s ugly. It’s crude. It’s f*cking wonderful. And it sent The Fall on their first winning run of albums. They wouldn’t stagger for the first time until about halfway through The Frenz Experiment.



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butcherboy
June 11th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think my next project is going to be doing short write-ups for a bunch of Fall albums that don't have reviews..

Divaman
June 11th 2017


4126 Comments


Another good one. Short but sweet.

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CompostCompote
June 11th 2017


1022 Comments


Like Danny DeVito.

SandwichBubble
June 11th 2017


10111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Niiiice

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clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2017


1020 Comments


how I love a nice, concise review

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NeroCorleone80
June 11th 2017


34601 Comments


and a fall one

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butcherboy
June 12th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cheers, guys..

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2017


15644 Comments


Saw these guys a couple of week ago; absolutely killed it. Good review.

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AsleepInTheBack
June 12th 2017


5999 Comments


Another wonderful review, dont know how you pump these out at such a rate but its damn impressive

butcherboy
June 12th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks everyone!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2017


24913 Comments


yeah I feel like a shit contrib hahah you're out performing everyone out here...

butcherboy
June 12th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hahahaha, Con, haven't seen you put out anything but quality reviews.. got too much time on my hands this year, that's all .. cheers for the kind words though,,

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2017


24913 Comments


ahah thanks man. keep this up tho it's always a pleasure reading your stuff. makes the work week a bit more bearable

butcherboy
June 12th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Likewise..

huskerdoo
September 12th 2019


377 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of their best. Love the dingy amphetamine noir vibe



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