The Fall

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. If the hardcore fanbase feel a blanch coming on, this isn't all wilful eclecticism gone mad. King's work is The Fall's unifying factor that keeps it cohesive.
  2. Mojo
    60
    The wrong kind of sonic adventure undermines about half the songs. A drop of Waitsian, drunken, junkyard percussion might have been just the ticket, but the plethora of drony guitar and keyboard distortions proves distracting, rather than "atmospheric", and impairs the effect of some strong songs including Back To Manhattan and Stuck. [Dec 2009, p. 88]
  3. Jones's cashmere voice sounds more polite than ever, creating an overriding impression of a nice girl keeping dirty company.
  4. Following "Not Too Late," a more nakedly ambitious effort, and her terrific side project with the Little Willies, it's disappointing that The Fall aims for growth but feels so reigned in and restrained.
  5. Not Too Late was produced in a home studio and introduced a rawness into her sound that hadn’t been present before, and while it possessed its share of sleepy moments, it still topped the polished and scrubbed tunes that were omnipresent seven years ago when she first captured million of listeners across the world.
  6. Under The Radar
    50
    It's intelligent, tasteful, and well-executed music. But it ain't rock 'n' roll, not even a little and damn Jones for trying to pretend that it is. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 9, 2012
    9
    Rather than a fall, Norah in fact bounces back up with this release. The songs are all unique, yet bonded by similarities. The Fall has aRather than a fall, Norah in fact bounces back up with this release. The songs are all unique, yet bonded by similarities. The Fall has a perfect, melodic flow to it, and its beautiful to listen to. Full Review »
  2. JasonS
    Nov 19, 2009
    4
    This Cd is not what I hoped it would be change can be good but not in this case.
  3. PaulK
    Nov 19, 2009
    5
    Could this album be any more benign musically? Jones' lyrics may be conceptual and probing, but the music of this album is destined for Could this album be any more benign musically? Jones' lyrics may be conceptual and probing, but the music of this album is destined for elevators and dental offices worldwide. Very disappointing. Full Review »