AOTY 2020

New Facts Emerge

The Fall - New Facts Emerge
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #649 / 876
User Score
Based on 15 ratings
July 28, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cherry Red / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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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.
Drowned in Sound

Arguably the 2017 Fall is the purest version of the band there has ever been. This, you imagine, is what the inside of Smiths fogged head sounds like. Which is possibly why 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.


New Facts Emerge 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.


New Facts Emerge is still rowdy and absorbing stuff, and proves that Mark E. Smith and his compatriots are growing old in a gloriously ungraceful fashion.


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

It’s those little touches and turns, and Smith’s larger unpredictability, that keep this album from becoming another average entry into the catalog of a respected legacy act.
The Guardian

Despite their past volatility, these days the outfit have a relatively stable lineup – although scholars will note that Smith’s wife, keyboardist Elena Poulou, has now left. It doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect on New Facts Emerge, however, which continues to plough a familiar, fractious furrow.

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.
The Line of Best Fit

Whilst not reprehensible, New Facts Emerge is certainly massively forgettable. For a band with such a legacy, that’s surely a much worse fate.

A.V. Club
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.
I tried to rate this but couldn't even get half way through it. Holy cow this is just echoey talking jibberish over crunchy speed guitars. Ick.
should have been titled "Old Habits Die Hard"
With this album The Fall return to form.
Mark E.Smith sounds angry and vitriolic.
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Year End Lists

#17/Louder Than War

Track List

  1. Segue
  2. Fol de Rol
  3. Brillo de Facto
  4. Victoria Train Station Massacre
  5. New Facts Emerge
  6. Couples vs. Jobless Mid 30s
  7. Second House Now
  8. O! Zztrrk Man
  9. Gibbus Gibson
  10. Groundsboy
  11. Nine Out of Ten
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Added on: May 30, 2017