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New Facts Emerge

The Fall

New Facts Emerge

32nd studio album from Mark E Smith's legendary post-punk outfit

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Never ones to shy away from anything, and always the ones at the front, The Fall remain one of the most important bands around
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  2. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    New Facts Emerge fits comfortably in the group’s impossibly large catalog of difficult, abrasive, ultimately enthralling releases
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    He's louder and stranger than ever, growling his way through 11 songs that mix stomping glam rackets with lumbering. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Could be said to be business as usual: ie, it cannot be quantified, and pulses with raw music, stimulating confusion and a certain monstrous glee
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    A colourful addition to Smith's rambling cannon. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A superb record - sharp and absolutely dangerous
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    New Facts Emerge is one of the best things Smith has put his name too in a decade, the most complete and satisfyingly bonkers Fall album since 2008’s Imperial Wax Solvent
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    At 60, Smith continues, as very few of his peers have from the punk era, to challenge audiences
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  9. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    More than an average release for a legacy band
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  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Mark E Smith still has something to say
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  11. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Smith is in fine fettle on Fol De Rol and Brillo De Facto: tight, repetitive, guitar-driven cuts with the Salford native snarling viciously
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Bright pop riffs lift the eerie drama
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Repetitive, discordant, and utterly bizarre
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  14. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    New Facts Emerge is, as is the case with The Fall’s output, a challenge to the listener - daring you to turn off and fuck off, but would we expect any less?
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  15. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is no return to form, but it has its merits. Thing is, we’d rather The Fall kept making average records than not existing at all
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  16. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    One resounding detail arises here: whilst not reprehensible, New Facts Emerge is certainly massively forgettable
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  17. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    Smith doesn’t have to prove anything. Really, I’m just glad he’s still out there, still doing the work. The work sounds terrible, but I’m still comforted that it exists
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