Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    60
    OK, it’s not pretty, but it’s pure Fall. And that’s what makes them a difficult band to feel disappointed with, even if the release is, like Re-Mit, something of a second-rate offering.
  2. Jul 2, 2013
    73
    Nothing about this album makes a lick of sense. If you’re a longtime obsessive fan of the group (and really there is no other kind), though, you don’t really care if it does. Like fellow prolific weirdo Jandek, it’s enough that Smith is still out there spouting off against all odds.
  3. Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Re-Mit sounds alive, funny even, as if Smith has made peace with something--possibly his own genius.
  4. 80
    The fact that The Fall are still going is remarkable enough; the fact that they're still making extraordinary records is even more so. [Jul 2013, p.92]
  5. Jun 17, 2013
    68
    Re-Mit, while able to hold its own in some quarters, is not the best of The Fall by any stretch. However, some of the strange humour and twisted narratives, sorely lacking from their last release Ersatz G.B., are back.
  6. Jun 17, 2013
    40
    With this 30th outing there's a troubling sense of treading water. [Jul 2013, p.103]
  7. Jun 17, 2013
    60
    Some ace stuff aboard here.... But you do long for MES to turn up with a sheaf of structured writing, as per Hex Enduction, rather than a sozzled brainful of scattered grievances and in-jokes. [Jul 2013, p.86]
  8. Jun 10, 2013
    50
    This album is no disaster, no Moonbeams and Bluejeans, but the benign flatness here suggests the ineffable whatever that made The Fall fascinating has fallen away, and it looks very far gone.
  9. Jun 5, 2013
    80
    Measurable, replicable perfection has never been Smith's raison d'etre and Re-Mit--their 30th studio album in 37 years--possesses all the eccentricity of the group in their early pomp. [Jun 2013, p.49]
  10. May 24, 2013
    60
    Not wonderful, but certainly frightening. [Jul 2013, p.75]
  11. May 23, 2013
    80
    As with nearly all of the Fall, this album does what it wants to do, forcing the listener to submit to its terms.
  12. May 21, 2013
    50
    A confounding set of song sketches and hot riffs, this one belongs with 2005's Interim, 2001's Are You Are Missing Winner, and others that are considered "for hardcore fans only."
  13. 70
    It’s an unsettling, incomparable racket of The Fall at their wonderful, frightening best.
  14. May 16, 2013
    68
    It’s messy and menacing in equal measure, a bar fight that ends in broken glass and slippery floors, but not before landing a few killer strikes.
  15. May 16, 2013
    80
    On the whole, it matches Smith’s cheerier mood. A couple of abstract jam splodges aside, the album is punchier and less dirgy than last time.
  16. May 14, 2013
    40
    One of the first things that jumps out at the listener, and it's something which persists throughout, is the disconnectedness between Smith and Elena Poulou in the control room, arsing about with daft voices and keyboard squiggles respectively, and the big lads at the back.
  17. May 13, 2013
    60
    The songs on Re-Mit, his 30th studio album with his band the Fall, resemble a row of unevenly smashed windows, or patches of broken concrete in a street--unsightly ruptures within a familiar context, potentially more shapely and interesting the closer you look, but perhaps not.
  18. 40
    "Irish" and "Jetplane" bring a late flicker of focus to the proceedings, but the band's resolute primitivism works to their detriment.
  19. 70
    Far from being terrifying, it sounds like Smith is actually having fun.
  20. May 13, 2013
    60
    Like all the band's recent output, Re-Mit isn't going to win over anyone who isn't already a Fall devotee.
  21. May 13, 2013
    40
    Throughout the entire album, you’re left wondering how Smith, who is responsible for some of the most untouchable, spontaneous punk classics of all time, could muster the audacity to purposefully sound like such a parody of his previous self.
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  1. May 26, 2013
    9
    Like the relentless repetition that is their signature, The Fall have been making the same album for almost 35 years. But what an album! TheyLike the relentless repetition that is their signature, The Fall have been making the same album for almost 35 years. But what an album! They keep getting better. They are keeping it fresh. Since they shuttled their dabbling in syth-pop about 12 years ago, they have been on a roll. This may not be their best album, but it is nevertheless excellent. Full Review »