The Fall - Ersatz G.B.
The Fall - Ersatz G.B.

Album Review

Album title
Ersatz G.B.
The Fall
Cherry Red
Release date
14 Nov

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Playing HMV Picture House on 3 Nov

The Fall – Ersatz G.B.

4/5 stars
Album review by Simon Fielding.
Published 27 October 2011

Having created two essential Fall albums in recent times (last year's Your Future Our Clutter and 2008's Imperial Wax Solvent), Mark E Smith's current line-up looks set to challenge the achievement of the band that made seminal 1985 LP This Nation's Saving Grace. There's nothing quite as stirring as last year's Bury Pts.1+3 here, but Nate Will Not Return and Taking Off offer up a similar cocktail of half-rhymes, free associations and propulsive bass-lines.

Greenway, the most peculiar piece on the album, employs severe, Slayer-like riffs and a fragmentary tale of Danish TV and cats to striking effect. Eleni Poulou coaxes a slender performance from the rhythm section to cushion her lead vocals on Happi Songa well-placed counter to the multi-layered drums and verbal repetitions of I've Seen Them Come and Age of Chang. Make no mistake, Ersatz G.B. is yet another inventive addition to the Fall canon. [Simon Fielding]