Album #547 – This Nation’s Saving Grace
The Fall are one of those bands that you either love and know their work or you ask “who’s that?” as soon as you hear their name. Maybe its a good thing. This Nation’s Saving Grace is an album that still holds up today. In fact, its sound is present in a lot of current indie rock. Mark E. Smith, the lead singer and reluctant front man, blends in with the music. His half-singing/half-speaking style might be jarring to some but, thank God he has some amazing musicians backing him up. Mark E. Smith has worked with so many of them over the years that, he is the only original member of The Fall still in the band. Nothing wrong with that. This Nation’s Saving Grace marks the beginning of the Fall’s classic period. Every album they released between 1985 and 1988 is in my opinion, their best and finest work. Who cares if Mark E. Smith can’t sing? Who cares if the songs are rambling diatribes? It all works. I love the Fall because its good music. Not because they were among BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel’s favorite bands and Pitchfork gave This Nation’s Saving Grace a rare 10 out of 10. The Fall is all about what rock and roll is supposed to be. Pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable and turning the mainstream on its head. Thank God this notion didn’t disappear in 1985. Not bad for the first album on the list from that year. Highlights include: Spolit Victorian Child and My New House. Overall, I give This Nation’s Saving Grace, 5 out of 5.
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