Boomkat Product Review:
Released in 1990 after the parting of Brix Smith, 'Extricate' was the Fall album the world was ready to hate. It was their first after Mark E Smith had signed the band to a major label, and with that in mind (and the loss of Smith) the fans were ready to hear something that simply wasn't the Fall they knew and loved. How wrong they could have been - 'Extricate' is an insane and beautiful journey, and rather than being the major label dross it so easily could have been it was one of the most unusual albums the band ever committed to disc. Using bizarre instrumentation and incorporating electronic elements there is an interesting pop leaning on 'Extricate', but while this might occasionally sound very knowingly 'Manchester', taking cues from the scene's popularity at this time, Mark E Smith's signature sound is all over these tracks. Sure the album has its beautiful moments (Peel favourite 'Bill is Dead' for one) but with tracks like the obtuse 'Sing! Harpy' and 'Chicago Now' you know you're in for a skewed ride through the psyche of one of British music's most inspirational figures. This deluxe re-issue comes packaged together with a whole bunch of bonus material - B-sides, extended mixes, Peel sessions and the like. Highly recommended!