The Unutterable

The Fall

About The Unutterable

The Unutterable is an album (the 21st) by British rock band the Fall, released in 2000. It was recorded with much the same line-up as had appeared on the group's previous album, 1999's The Marshall Suite (although Kazuko Hohki—the singer from the English-based Japanese band Frank Chickens—provides extra vocals on one track). However, whilst this version of the band was still coming together as the previous album was being made, by the time of the current record, they had had a year to gel as a unit. Therefore, while there is some similarity in the sound of the two, The Unutterable was a lot more consistent in its production and songwriting. It was generally well received by the critics, being praised as a "career peak" by Dave Simpson of The Guardian, and prompting Piers Martin of the NME to suggest, "...this is as vital and relevant as The Fall have sounded for a considerable length of time. " Lyrically, the record covers a diverse number of themes. On "Dr Bucks' Letter", lead singer Mark E. Smith appears to dispraise superficial materialist modernity, stating, "I was in the realm of the essence of Tong", an oblique reference to British DJ Pete Tong. In the song, Smith lists the five things that he, or rather, that Tong, can't leave home without: sunglasses, music, palm pilot, mobile phone and Amex card. Elsewhere on the LP, Smith's lyrics discuss such issues as drugs on the ranting "Ketamine Sun", and his favourite meal on the jazz-influenced "Pumpkin Soup and Mashed Potatoes". 


Year:
2000
Disc#SongDuration
113:18 
123:57 
143:47 
155:18 
155:18 
162:17 
173:21 
1122:46 
1135:32 
115
Das Katerer
2:42 
294:55 
2101:05 
2144:36 
2164:53 
2173:39 
218
Hands Up Billy [*]
2:46 
2193:25 
2205:16 
221
Midwatch 1953 [*]
5:47 
2223:43 
2253:31 

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