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The Fall: Levitate (Artful)

Neil Mason, Melody Maker, 24 October 1997

AFTER 20 years, nine labels, 22 line-ups and one ballet, the Fall hit us with Levitate, their 30th album. Yup, that's 30 albums. Nevertheless, with the genial Mark E. Smith always at the helm, their music has remained consistent (or at least curious), inspiring, influential and – most of all – breathtaking. Which, let's face it, is quite a feat, considering most bands can't even manage one decent record during their brief, overblown careers.

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