Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Great by Smith's standards. Practically genius by everybody else's. [Feb 2004, p.74]
  2. 91
    An atavistic orgy of recycled riffs and lifelong obsessions. [Sep 2004, p.120]
  3. This is the sound, throughout, of a remarkable institution doing all the things they do best and sounding as alive as they ever have.
  4. 90
    It's as good as anything in this group's monstrous catalogue. [Dec 2003, p.120]
  5. What sets The Real New Fall LP apart, however, is the consistency of its greatness. Every Fall album has had a bum track or two since 1984, but this new record really doesn’t.
  6. 82
    A crisp-sounding, very coherent, vocally comprehensible collation of shapely, spirited power-pop-punk nuggets. [#11, p.93]
  7. The Real New Fall LP is as solid and interesting as anything the group has released in the last ten years.
  8. So while not breaking new ground -- a near impossible expectation given the amount of ground The Fall has already broken -- The Real New Fall LP is a strong indication that Mark E. Smith is nowhere near finished.
  9. What makes Real New real good is that it's got more of the really good shit.
  10. Making up for some momentum lost last time out, The Real New Fall L.P. gives the faithful another reason to believe.
  11. Incomprehensible but irresistible.
  12. Ideally [Fall records will] feature two things: semi-incomprehensible (yet strangely prophetic) ramblings from the eternally tetchy Mark E. Smith, and a band who sound as if their music is perpetually falling down the stairs. The Real New Fall LP delivers on both counts. To much rejoicing.
  13. Positively stomps and bristles, with Smith and his band summoning up the type of chutzpah not normally found in middle age.
  14. If the Fall... have not just released their best record in a decade, they have certainly released a more consistent and accessible one, just in time for the tail-end of the post-punk renaissance.
  15. The Fall rock with scalding fury, as if it were 1981 again. [Aug 2004, p.116]
  16. as brittle, volatile and consistently riveting as any band out there, and even though no one could possibly take Smith seriously anymore, it insinuates that there's still enough justification here to warrant following The Fall's devious discography into one more decade.
  17. A welcome return to form. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  18. The years are beginning to show on Smith, especially on the opener, "Green Eyed Locoman," but his backing band hasn't sounded this energetic and enthusiastic in years.
  19. As with just about every Fall release ever, the compressed sound and abandonment of melody makes it hard to distinguish one song from the next. As a result, the tauter material is the best.
  20. 60
    The mood is unsettling, exhausted and energetic at the same time. [Oct 2004, p.120]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. LG
    Jan 22, 2005
    10
    If The Fall fell out of favor with you because of their dubious output in the last decade+, this album will restore your faith! I hope MES If The Fall fell out of favor with you because of their dubious output in the last decade+, this album will restore your faith! I hope MES has more in him like this one. Full Review »
  2. DavidG
    Oct 20, 2004
    10
    Their best in over a decade, at least -- a rejuvenated band hitting another prime.
  3. matts
    Sep 27, 2004
    10
    words can't do justice to the greatness of this album credit. i shall paint it.