The Fall   Sub-Lingual Tablet
Release Date: 05/2015

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3.0 goodTheManMachine | August 1st 15

31 albums / 39 years deep: Mark E. Smith is still up there, murmurin' and rantin' and ravin', dentures rustling around in gum-slime and nostril-breathing all the while, his newfound careless snarls+trollish growls dutifully sullying and intensifying ("Pledge!" may wind up my Favorite Vocal Performance of 2015). And there's still makeshift backup bands ready to provide him the primitive-synth whine-blurts, various-percussion by the boatload, ropey guitar hooks, and skuzzy guitar whatevers he needs. The laugh-out-loud mumbles+bellows embrace scorn, topicality, and the absurd - on a good day, all at once - and will sporadically annihilate the mix just for kicks. As far as the rest of the mishmash goes, it seems he's landed a good crew here - as in they play crashingly, sour, repetitive and strange, could pass for vintage Fall at times ("First One Today", "Auto Chip"), and can whip up some generi-garage-punk to keep up appearances. Notable/deducible subjects include getting prescribed a "bed-wet pill and deep grief", artists' online pleas for "creative money", nondescript Facebook-Troll-hysteria (or is it 'baseball chow'?), and remaining in line with aging-post-punk-band stereotypes, shunning modern technology - though at least they're fun+plaintive about it instead of preachy+pompous ("Stop looking at iPhone / Stop looking at iPad-Phone, alright!").


3.0 goodwg98 | February 28th 19
2.5 averagewidowslaugh123 | September 22nd 18
3.0 goodformer sputnik's home post-punk maester | March 13th 18
2.5 averageLee Whear | March 10th 18
3.0 goodpitchforkrates | December 18th 17
4.5 superbstefan77 | June 21st 17
3.0 goodbutcherboy | June 19th 17
3.0 goodSandbitchButthole | May 7th 16
3.0 goodn01zombie | March 27th 16
3.0 goodhelpoemer420 | August 8th 15

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