Mojo (UK)

The Fall

New Facts Emerge CHERRY RED. CD/DL/LP

- Ian Harrison

Mark E Smith, the rigid enemy of all, brings LP 31. To paraphrase a song off 2008’s Imperial Wax Solvent, Mark E Smith is a 60-year-old man and he likes it. New Facts Emerge could be said to be business as usual: ie, it cannot be quantified, and pulses with raw music, stimulatin­g confusion and a certain monstrous glee. This time, harsh metal riffs, country picking and random-sounding sonic embellishm­ents provide the backdrop for Smith, his voice catarrhy or golem-like as he declares “stop shaking down those frogs” on the title track, collides Edgar Allen Poe, Snow White and slaughterh­ouse grunge on Couples Vs Jobless Mid 30s, and returns to the spirit of Container Drivers on the sympatheti­c Groundsboy. But none so great as the closing Nine Out Of Ten, a nineminute North-west Maggot Brain wherein Smith talks album star ratings, life chances and broken rules, like some Faustian debtor trying to stave off the moment of truth.

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