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The Light User Syndrome

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Love him or hate him, Mark E Smith provokes a reaction whether it's love or sheer hatred. Now a quarter of a century into one of the most prolific careers ever known, The Fall show no signs of stopping yet and they credibly sound as angry as ever. 1997's 'The Light User Syndrome' is a familiar barrage of mutant riffing and Mancunian menace. Although a bit over-long as it pushes the hour mark, it is certainly not without its fine moments. There's the unshakeable thunder and bass rumble of 'Hostile' whilst 'Powder Keg' and the mocking ode to kerb crawlers of 'Cheetham Hill' are of an early 90's vintage. Of course no Fall album would be complete without a cover version and a reading through 'Last Chance To Turn Around' re-works and re-titles Gene Pitney's 'Last Exit To Brooklyn'. On an album which generally has little recourse for melody the 80s pop style of 'Secession Man' is a curious treat. Although not quite up to the consistently excellent standards of the 'Extricate/Shift-Work/Code Selfish' trinity the addictive garage rock produced by The Fall has considerably more power and lastability than today's bunch of revisionist chancers.
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01 D.I.Y. Meat
02 Das Vulture Ans Ein Nutter Wain
03 He Pept
Standout Track Hostile
05 Stay Away (Old White Train)
06 Spinetrak
07 Interlude/Chilinism
08 Powder Keg
09 Oleano
10 Cheetham Hill
11 The Coliseum
12 Last Chance To Turn Around
13 The Ballad Of J. Drummer
14 Oxymoron
15 Secession Man
16 The Chiselers
17 Chilinist

Standout Track = Standout Track

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