Saturday, February 11, 2012
From Iceland To Luton....
For that "difficult" fifth album The Fall released an album that still sounds as fresh, invigorating and inventive today as it did back in '82. I would not recommend Hex Enduction Hour as a starting point if you don't know much about The Fall but Hex is their first truly great album.
Recorded in Iceland and an abandoned cinema in Luton, Hex crackles with the kind of fervor you just don't seem to get from bands today. The album is dominated by the dual drumming of Paul Hanley and Karl Burns and the bass playing of Steve Hanley that drives most of the tracks along. Smith himself rarely sounded as abrasive or vitriolic and the album is all the more essential for it.
Hex contains some of the most uncompromising post-punk songs ever committed to a record with Craig Scanlon providing some of the most abrasive and best guitar playing on any Fall album. They even managed somehow to get Hip Priest on The Silence Of The Lambs soundtrack.
Smith has, in the years since, claimed that he thought Hex Enduction Hour was going to be his last-ever, and maybe that explains why for a lot of people it's the definitive Fall album. Admittedly not as commercial as some of their later material perseverance is the name of the game with Hex so persevere and be rewarded with one of the great Fall albums.
The Fall - Fortress/Deer Park