The Fall
Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!)


4.0
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by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (120 Reviews)
January 25th, 2018 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries."

The Fall is a bit of a strange precedent. Well, they are a 'typical precedent' (or at least an unsurprising one) to any deep post-punk fan, but they will come off as strange and maybe even obscure to anyone uninvolved. At their mildest they present a wild array of near-comical headscratchery, and at their wildest they may cause a headache, but all in the name of good fun. And also, of all the bands that pretty much became only one guy that keeps changing the line-up for each album (think Matt Johnson's The The, Jad Fair's Half Japanese, Mark Wilkins' The Astronauts), Mark E. Smith's Fall is one of the few that became strangely consistent. Of course, consistent in the brand of off-the-wall, hard to swallow ridiculousness, which not everyone will be able to get into. And in wake of recent news of Mark E. Smith's untimely (or very timely indeed) passing, I believe it only right to remind ourselves of some of his greatest achievements and records, as well as the forgotten and unjustly underrated ones.

The key to understanding Room to Live -and the whole Fall discography, really- is to picture a particularly grumpy sarcastic piano falling on a slightly disillusioned elderly alcoholic. If that confuses you even more, then pity you, welcome to the world of The Fall. This album is out of tune, out of place, out of rhythm, out of mind and out of this world. It doesn't seem like the band is even genuinely trying to convey any particular sound at all. And yet, take it any way you like, it still sounds complete and cohesive.

And that's The Fall's whole magic right there for you. It is their ability to throw together what seems absolutely disorganised and force it to work. And if that is not the quintessential post-punk approach, I don't know what is.



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Papa Universe
January 25th 2018


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ONE REVIEW A DAY ONE REVIEW A DAY ONE REVIEW A DAY ONE REVIEW A DAY ONE REVIEW ADAY ONEREVIEWADAY ONREDWAIADAYONERED BOEWSKJHUIO





But cut me some slack, it's for Markey Boy. And my review schedule is packed anyway, I wouldn't have had time for this any other day.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2018


15489 Comments


*out if this world

Out of this world.

I tip my hat off for the love u and butcher share for this band and this man in particular. Lovely write up Uni.

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Papa Universe
January 25th 2018


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's really mostly just butch who has love for them. I have merely a distanced and discrete admiration and respect.

STOP SHOUTING!
January 25th 2018


777 Comments


The sound of a poet haranguing passersby from his prison cell.

Papa Universe
January 25th 2018


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The sound of muted hodgepodge of technological screams, shouts, yells, shrieks and sometimes even burps.

butcherboy
January 25th 2018


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The sound of a frustrated used car salesman sawing his in-laws into pieces..



pos to the deepest bowels of an irritable bowel, Uni..

zakalwe
January 25th 2018


27030 Comments


The sound of normal people doing brilliant things abnormally

Papa Universe
January 25th 2018


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The sound of an ambitious lunch lady performing an out-of-tune aria to eight of her ten cats.

SandwichBubble
January 25th 2018


9544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Burps brought this to a 4.0



Edit: Nevermind

DarkTyler
January 25th 2018


322 Comments


"that's the Fall's "

*The Fall's



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