Shift-Work [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Ted Mills
Shift-Work marked the sophomore effort from a new Brix-less Fall and is a slightly more subdued effort than the raging Extricate. It also marked a new direction for Mark E. Smith and the band as what once was repetitious grooves became interspersed with pop song structures. Don't worry, the classic riffage is still here in "The War Against Intelligence," "Idiot Joy Showland," and "So What About It." But there does seem to be a softening of Smith, albeit slightly. He still rails against foolish pop stars, mass media, and the spawn of the Manchester scene (side two is headed "Notebooks Out Plagiarists") but also here are paeons to Edinburgh ("Edinburgh Man," surprisingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
Shift-Work marked the sophomore effort from a new Brix-less Fall and is a slightly more subdued effort than the raging Extricate. It also marked a new direction for Mark E. Smith and the band as what once was repetitious grooves became interspersed with pop song structures. Don't worry, the classic riffage is still here in "The War Against Intelligence," "Idiot Joy Showland," and "So What About It." But there does seem to be a softening of Smith, albeit slightly. He still rails against foolish pop stars, mass media, and the spawn of the Manchester scene (side two is headed "Notebooks Out Plagiarists") but also here are paeons to Edinburgh ("Edinburgh Man," surprisingly malice-free), social observation ("Shift Work" looks at a modern marriage and is more wistful than angry), and an electronics and violin led portrait of a DJ ("The Mixer"). Probably what's most surprising is that in retrospect most of this works, although it begins to run out of steam near the end. There are hooks and melodies here, and the group ineffably remain the Fall. The following year's Code: Selfish would return to a much harder sound, leaving this a melancholic, introspective album. [The 2007 two-CD reissue includes 16 bonus cuts.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498474648
  • Catalog Number: 9847464
  • Sales rank: 86,068

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Primary Artist
Cassell Webb Background Vocals
Craig Leon Organ, Guitar
Martin Bramah Guitar
Craig Scanlon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Marcia Schofield Flute
Mark E. Smith Vocals
Simon Wolstencroft Drums, Keyboards
Dave Bush Machines
Kenny Brady Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Craig Leon Producer
Mike Robinson Producer, Engineer
Simon Rogers Composer
Craig Scanlon Composer
Marcia Schofield Composer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Mark E. Smith Author
Simon Wolstencroft Composer
Jonathan More Composer
Matt Black Composer
Daryl Easlea Liner Notes
Pascal Le Gras Artwork
Keiron McGarry Remastering
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