2007-10-26

The Sound - All Fall Down (1982)(CD 2002)


Oto trzecia płyta w dorobku The Sound, która w zamierzeniu miała być przebojowa i zapewnić kilka hitów na liście przebojów, czego domagała się wytwórnia. Zespół nic sobie nie robił z tych wytycznych i płycie daleko do miana przebojowej. Otrzymaliśmy album surowy w brzmieniu,
nieharmonijny i pełen muzycznych dysonansów, co dla niektórych fanów było nie do wytrzymania. Nie jest to zbiór pojedynczych piosenek, lecz raczej należy słuchać tego albumu w całości, gdyż tylko tak docenimy jego złożoną wartość.

Label: "The five-star reviews were nice and all, so how about some actual hits this time -- eh, fellas?" Band: "Right." The fellas responded with no hits, which had a lot more to do with defiance than closed-minded radio programming -- there was no attempt at making a hit. There's nothing like Jeopardy's blasting "Heartland" and there certainly isn't anything as instantly pleasurable as From the Lion's Mouth's "Sense of Purpose." In fact, the Sound responded to label demands and simmering internal pressures with a record that challenged devout fans as well. All Fall Down is one of those maligned records where some fans bailed but a select few would be inclined to attempt -- through demonstrative hand gestures and long-winded, shouty, pouty explanations of the circumstances surrounding it -- to explain why it's the band's greatest achievement. All this despite the fact that the majority of the other people who have heard it will tell you it should be avoided at all costs. "It's hopelessly 'down,' it's got no 'tunes,' it doesn't go anywhere," etc. Truthfully, it falls somewhere between those two views. This is one of those records where patience pays off, because it will gradually become more apparent that the songs all fit together and pretzel themselves in a sense that each one's effect is optimized within the context of those surrounding it. It's not a sprawl of songs but an album. Nothing comes by and smacks you in the face; its progression unfolds slowly. They play around with song structures, avoid choruses, drop down unexpected portals, use rhythmic drives for extended stretches, and employ chanted refrains, tape effects, and mechanized handclaps. Some songs build and build and build on a slight gradient and fade out or disappear with no resolution, no catharsis. None of these developments emaciate the band's power. However difficult the record is to crawl into, it shows a band that had reached another level of mastery. [Renascent reissued All Fall Down in 2002 with superb sound and added three previously unreleased songs. The vocal tracks seem to be slowed down significantly, making Adrian Borland sound very intimidating.]
Andy Kellman, All Music Guide


1 All Fall Down
2 Party Of The Mind
3 Monument
4 In Suspense
5 Where The Love Is
6 Song And Dance
7 Calling The New Tune
8 Red Paint
9 Glass And Smok
10 We Could Go Far
11 The One And A Half Minute Song
12 Sorry
13 As Feeling Dies

8 comments:

Eddie said...

Dear Jacyk
You have an amazing blog!!!
Please, be so kind, and upload again The 80s vol 1
I love Bill Pritchard and his stuff is very rare.
Also I would be happy to listen to 80s vol 6,7,8

Thank you so much
Eddie
eddie_g@saatchi.co.il

jacyk said...

more of The Sound is here:
http://thistwillightgarden.blogspot.com/2007/10/sound.html

Anonymous said...

I bought this album a few years back and paid a bunch. It was worth it. Terrific. I think it's their best.

Miss Parker said...

Thank you for The Sound. :-)

Md_Rigoler said...

Hi,
Could you please repost new links for The Sound albums? because the previous link (http://www.shareonall.com/sound-down_mfba.rar) is down

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Been looking for The Sound:In the hot house and shareonall is dead, are ya able to re post and if so or not you still kick!! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can find this in flac instead of mp3?

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