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This Nation's Saving Grace [Original recording reissued]

The FallAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B00000189I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Music's Saving Grace. February 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a dyed in the wool Fall fan, I may be a tad biased but I'm personally of the opinion that this is one of the best records anyone has ever made. Ever.
The first thing that struck me was how loud it was. The drums sound like they're played with mallets, the guitars screech and reverberate wildly yet are still totally in control, the bass burrows deep into your brain and for once Mark E. Smith, the world's least tuneful vocallist, is playing second fiddle to his cohorts. This is rare for him.
If you like the Stooges, the Strokes, the White Stripes, The Pixies, the Velvet Underground and all the other bands you're supposed to like when you're at University and you DON'T own this, then may I ask WHY NOT? This album is well up your street, my child.
Stand out tracks have to be Spoilt Victorian Child, Bombast and Gut of the Quantifier. I'd suggest if you've never heard the Fall before that you play those tracks first as they are very typical of their sound, without resorting to formula. Oh, and they're all belters as well.
As as is the norm for the Fall the lyrics are very often laugh out loud funny, probably the best being "Sean and Petula Macabre, here are your wedding photos, they are black (ahahaha)" from the aforementioned Gut of the Quantifier. It sounds a lot funnier when he says it, though.
So my advice is buy it, preferably as part of that special offer where you get the Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall thrown in as well. If you've any taste at all, you won't regret it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To nkroachment: Yarbles! May 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A raucous, rough and ready riot of garage rock from start to finish, 'This Nation' veers between the brash, unfinished amateurism of 'Bombast' and 'Spoilt Victorian child' to the highly produced and polished sound of 'LA' and 'Petty (thief) lout'. This is without doubt The Fall's finest sixty minutes, with Mark E Smith's vivid, twisted take on the everyday in overdrive (cf 'Couldn't get ahead's strange rant about queuing up for an aeroplane toilet; one of the few tracks with easily discernible lyrics).
Every song here is up to scratch, with none of the sloppy filler tracks of later albums. This nation's saving grace? Well, with this album The Fall come damn close.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Mark E. Smith March 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Though to some extent the Fall are a "single's band" they still have put out a lot of solid albums. Owning all of them might bankrupt you so besides any of their greatest hits albums (as long as they focus on older material) this is the place to start. This Nation's Saving Grace sounds like a monologue on everything from Margaret Thatcher era England (Spoilt Victorian Child)to the leader of one of the group's greatest influences, Can (I am Damo Suzuki) over angular post punk/funk rhythms. I prefer it over Gang of Four as This Nation's Saving Grace is not guilty of being didactic but instead is a chunk of bile and vitriol that must have been on Steve Albini's turntable more than once. I don't know whether the current bunch of post punkers from Williamsburg that slavishly imitate this sound are a good or bad thing. However, the Fall, despite line up changes are still a solid band and This Nation's Saving Grace is their most focused musical statement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what you need February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I always thought this album could be compared to the effect of hallucinogenic drugs. You can't explain it to anyone, they just have to experience it. and what an experience it is. This album has that sound of "greatness" that only so few albums have. The lyrics are especially cool. "Who are the hitmakers, who are they really? How old are the stars really? "
Yeah you gotta hear it to believe it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel The Wrath Of My Bombast.... November 28, 2004
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
With those words, Mark E. Smith more or less sums up The Fall's entire aesthetic. Even when the music moved in a poppy direction, Smith's rambling bursts of vitrol always remained front and center. After the pop-influenced, but no less brilliant Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall, This Nation's Saving Grace returns the band to a more atonal direction, one which blends the shiny textures of the "Brix-era" with the feedback-drenched cacophony of Hex Enduction Hour. "Bombast," "Barmy," and "My New House" are all The Fall doing The Fall and doing it without sounding the least bit redundant. There's even the synth-jittery "L.A.," a minimalistic piece of pop that only Smith and his crew could pull off. What perhaps makes The Fall so significant is that their layout was ripe for repeating itself, yet they always sounded vital. Maybe it's also for the sub-avant-garde experiments like "Paint Work" and "I Am Damo Suzuki." But The Fall still sound unquestionably original today, not just because music is in an awful state, but because nobody can touch what they did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall's classic March 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though the Fall up until 1985 had released many albums, all great in their own right, with "This Nation's Saving Grace" they created their masterpiece. Every song on the album glistens with the best that minimalist pop can bring. "What You Need" is as far as the Fall could get to an anthem, "I Am Damo Suzuki" is a great tribute to Can, and....well, why bother continuing when there's too much to say. Just buy it. There will be no regret.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Good solid Fall. Fine stuff. But... well, you know. YOU know! Popular, commercial Fall. Some danceable numbers. But it doesn't live with you as long as many other Fall pieces. Maybe it's just a bit too.. clean. Good album for Fall newcomers perhaps. But it isn't as abrasive, unsettling or amusing as so much other material. John Peel was a bit put out that so many (students probably) had voted "LA" into the festive 50 that year. I wonder why.
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Published on February 16, 2012 by MM_III
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracks I like
Essential tracks to buy:
What You Need
Spoilt Victorian Child
Gut of the Quantifier

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Published on November 3, 2010 by ludd_gang
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Published on June 27, 2010 by Lovblad
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential bombastic wrath
The famous lyrical rant of "Feel the wrath of my bombast" appears a couple of minutes into This Nation's Saving Grace and sums up the aesthetic and drive of this band. Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by Matthew T. Medlock
4.0 out of 5 stars OY
Perfect pub music for bruisers with bad teeth and sharp minds. Edgy, jarring, melodic, a little bit of everything. Makes you want to pour your Guiness over Thatcher's head.
Published on August 22, 2005 by J. D. Plyler
5.0 out of 5 stars No Hits.....but one helluva record!
I was into the Fall back in the day ever since my college radio station received the "Totally Wired" single. I picked up several of the 12"s & "Wonderful Word...." album. Read more
Published on January 30, 2005 by ChrisWN
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Published on August 3, 2004 by Davy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fall classic from one of their finest periods!
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