ha yes, i remember saying exactly this when i reviewed it, it gets great at the end but takes an age to get there, but some fans seem to love the weirdness of that one. i guess it’s aiming for a similar thing to 50 Year Old Man only doesn’t do it as well. Fol De Rol is a good one though yeah, got my hopes up for the album when it was released first.
personally reckon Sub-Lingual Tablet is the 3rd best of the last decade after YFOC and IWS. seems to get a mixed reaction surprisingly, probably cos 2 or 3 weak tracks drag it down a little but it’s got some great examples of late-Fall krautrock stuff (which i always thought is late-Fall’s greatest strength). Dedication, Troll, Auto Chip and Junger Cloth are proper good. didn’t get to see any of it live which i regret, recently stumbled across a video of them doing a 20 minute Auto Chip in London!
i think half of Re-Mit is pretty great but the rest is sadly a bit rushed and filler-y. got a bit of a personal fondness for it though as it was the first one to come out after i’d became a proper fan and was seeing them live around that time, and reminds me of a fellow Fall-obsessed close friend who i got to know at that time, so wrapped up with a certain nostalgia for me. Jetplane, Loadstones and Hittite Man are bangers though either way.
Ersatz is a bit shit really, especially considering it came right after IWS and YFOC, but has a couple of good moments like Taking Off and did grow on me a bit after i picked up the CD in a HMV sale. some of it is so utterly ridiculous that it’s enjoyably hilarious, listen to Greenway if you ever want to hear The Fall do bad metal. but definitely inessential. (spotted Reformation for £3 in Fopp at the weekend actually and was tempted but had to remind myself that i hate most of it. i could listen to Fall Sound on a loop for days though).
The Remainderer EP is another one that seems very popular with most fans but i think is just alright. there’s an enjoyable take-down of band reunions on Remembrance R though.