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Shift-Work [Bonus CD]
     

Shift-Work [Bonus CD]

by The Fall
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498474648
catalogNumber:
9847464

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Performance Credits

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

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