Shift-Work [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ted Mills
Shift-Work marked the sophomore effort from a new Brix Smith-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 was once repetitious groove 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 Smith-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 was once repetitious groove 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". What's probably most surprising, in retrospect, is that 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 CD was reissued in 2002 with two bonus tracks: "Blood Outta Stone," and "Xmas with Simon."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Cog Sinister Us
  • UPC: 825947102323
  • Catalog Number: 134
  • Sales rank: 177,388

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What About It? (3:25)
  2. 2 Idiot Joy Showland (3:43)
  3. 3 Edinburgh Man (4:43)
  4. 4 Pittsville Direkt (4:01)
  5. 5 The Book of Lies (2:58)
  6. 6 High Tension Line (3:47)
  7. 7 The War Against Intelligence (3:16)
  8. 8 Shift-Work (4:37)
  9. 9 You Haven't Found It Yet (4:07)
  10. 10 The Mixer (3:37)
  11. 11 White Lightning (2:13)
  12. 12 A Lot of Wind (3:46)
  13. 13 Rose (3:20)
  14. 14 Sinister Waltz (4:15)
  15. 15 Blood Outta Stone (3:34)
  16. 16 Xmas With Simon (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Primary Artist
Cassell Webb Background Vocals
Craig Leon Organ, Guitar
Martin Bramah Guitar
Steve Hanley Bass
Craig Scanlon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mark E. Smith Vocals
Simon Wolstencroft Drums, Keyboards
Dave Bush Machines
Kenny Brady Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Craig Leon Producer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Robert Gordon Producer
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