Ersatz G.B. - The Fall
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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the British post-punk band led by Mark E. Smith.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    Ersatz G.B. offers no easy explanations, but instead twists and excites the listener's brain with unexpected phantom bewilderments. [Dec 2011, p.100]
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    Ersatz GB still trumps most records released this year as, one suspects, The Fall always will.
  3. 80
    With so many distinctive elements to their music – the ever-present Mark E. Smith, on whom most of the band's writing falls, that frenetic post-punk energy, and the garbled, often subversive, offensive, or disgusting lyrics – it becomes difficult to write about one album without placing it in the context of the others.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    There's still not enough testosterone on display for it to count as one of their very best, but it's not half bad.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    It's not up there with their very best, but it's actually not that far off.
  6. Dec 6, 2011
    Contains a set of willingly - and often tedious - half-finished songs, forming a clumsy collage (cover art reference) that is actually more coherent and better enjoyed when contextualized within the band's 34-year trajectory.
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    Ersatz G.B.'s abrasiveness, inscrutability, and tedium are increasingly tough to take with repeated close listening... a shabby, grueling album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    I am bewildered at the mixed reviews. This is without a doubt one of the strongest of the 29 studio albums they have released. (I have owned all.) They have been on an extraordinary roll (with a few exceptions) for the last 10 years. Since early the last decade, they brilliantly returned to their post punk roots after flirting (with mixed results) with various forms of techno pop since the late 80s. Expand
  2. Dec 22, 2011
    Mistah Smith - he be dirty. He be up river in a bad place. He be a tropic genius up a tree. With the monkeys. With the shade.

    P.S. I
    share the bewilderment on the mixed reviews. This is a amazing stuff - but perhaps a little scary for some. Collapse