NEW FACTS EMERGE 8/10
Musicians usually mellow by the time they reach 60; but, of course, Mark E Smith has always denied being one of those. Here, on his 32nd studio album with The Fall, he’s louder and stranger than ever, growling his way through 11 songs that mix stomping glam rackets with lumbering, Rage Against The Machine grooves. Lighter moments, such as “Gibbus Gibson”, show Smith can still ‘sing’ à la vintage Fall, but the most striking cut is “Couples Vs Jobless Mid-30s”, a multi-part suite of madness. “Says we need more sackings!” Smith seems to sneer. Some things never change.