Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The Fall are the best new band in Britain.
  2. Tender and loving it might not be, but one of the albums of the year? Definitely.
  3. 80
    An energised splicing of riff, declamation and technology that sounds like a thrilling synthesis of 2003's The Real New Fall LP and 2005's Fall Heads Roll, delivered with the highest levels of vigour for some time. [Feb 2007, p.92]
  4. 80
    Smith sounds revitalised (and often very amused), delivering his most emphatic vocals in years. [Mar 2007, p.76]
  5. The way Reformation fights importance with such enthusiasm and muscle is what makes it such a fascinating album.
  6. Reformation Post TLC may lack a tune as monumental as, say, the unforgettable ‘Hip Priest’ from Hex Enduction Hour, but 30 years into his career, Smith is still making music with the kind of vitality and imagination that shame most musicians half his age.
  7. It’s not a classic, nor is it an embarrassment. It’s a disc which says: we’re the Fall, we’re still going and, frankly, you should bloody well be pleased about that. A statement with which I’m inclined to agree.
  8. 'Reformation...' is darker and deadlier--more Cramps than Killers. [10 Feb 2007, p.32]
  9. For newcomers to Smith's wonderful and frightening world it's a good introduction. [Mar 2007, p.111]
  10. But for all the defiance, something is audibly wrong with much of Reformation Post TLC.
  11. Clocking in at an hour, there's ample opportunity for missteps and toss-offs, but also first rate, two-chord grinds that stand up to the best material the Fall has ever recorded.
  12. All things considered Reformation Post-TLC feels like a backward step.
  13. Largely, Reformation: Post TLC is the sound of a band striving for the level of menace and achieving the level of annoyance. [#17, p.91]
  14. There are moments of clarity when the band sounds fantastic, but they're not enough to save the record from landing in the band's forget pile.
  15. 40
    There are no real highlights among these soggy minimalist jams. [Apr 2007, p.87]
  16. A dispirited, half-baked record. [Jun 2007, p.156]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. J.Temperance
    Apr 6, 2007
    3
    As a diehard Fall fan, I can't help but be disappointed by this. At least Fall Heads Roll had Blindness
  2. PaulJ
    Mar 27, 2007
    8
    Another solid album from The Fall. Great to see them getting some recognition after almost 30 albums over the years. Perhaps the bass line intro used in the Nissan (?) car commercial has reviatlized their career or at least given them some mainstream exposure. If you are familiar with The Fall, you should find this latest release very rewarding and worth multiple listenings. Enjoy! Full Review »