This Nation's Saving Grace

Beggars UK - Ada
Release date
12 Aug 1997
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mansion 1:19 29,267
2 Bombast 3:06 29,000
3 Barmy 5:21 27,005
4 What You Need 4:48 25,257
5 Spoilt Victorian Child 4:13 34,678
6 L.A. 4:08 30,548
7 Vixen 4:01 21,325
8 Couldn't Get Ahead 2:41 27,871
9 Gut of the Quantifier 2:47 25,021
10 My New House 5:16 21,975
11 Paint Work 6:38 18,320
12 I Am Damo Suzuki 5:41 23,699
13 To NK Roachment: Yarbles 1:21 12,978
14 Petty (Thief) Lout 5:21 15,404
15 Rollin' Dany 2:22 18,229
16 Cruisers Creek 4:15 20,279

About this album

This Nation’s Saving Grace is the seventh (not counting live releases) LP from The Fall, originally released in September of 1985 on Beggars Banquet. Some of the best-liked material from this band comes from roughly the same era as this album’s release (‘84-‘89) as they were with the Beggars label; some say this is the best record of that period.

You can’t get by the old John Peel adage about this group: always the same, always different. This Nation… it’s not different from any other Fall record in particular, but the production values for the band have been steadily rising from their late ’70s records without a doubt. They arrive on this recording with a taut, funky sound somewhat reminiscent of Gang of Four on Entertainment! from a few years before. Mark E. Smith’s vocals are what they are, as any fan of the group knows. He’s just inimitable and hilarious, but can occasionally have moments of great insight peek through. Some particular lyrical highlights on this album: the “just call me the first” screamed in the middle of the classic “Barmy” is probably a reasonable request considering Smith’s influence on music; a classic play on words with “entrance (like to a building) entranced (like to induce a trance)” on “Gut of the Quantifier”; a list of daily necessities and ironic observations on “What You Need”; “got nice pink bubbles in my mouth from what I’ve taken” in “Cruiser’s Creek.

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  • foreignlawns


    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • cap_surgeon

    one for the island

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • intheskywd68

    Paint. Fucking. Work.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cdax2307

    Their fucking best.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • crackityjones92

    I love it :3

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • TescoSwabs

    Yeah, this was my first Fall album too, but probably my least favourite (from the albums I have heard so far). Still a good album though.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    one of the greatest albums of all time without doubt. [2] I JUST COULDN'T GET AHEAD

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • maggiegus


    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Guitarist61396

    my favorite what a crazy 65 minutes

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • fernandomassuy

    Did you seee mah new houze

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Bonzo99

    Arguably the greatest Fall record. It's hard to say what album is their best considering the amount of great albums from the bands repertoire.

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    I keep on forgetting just how *solid* this album is. And Paint Work in particular is an astonishing track.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • martinbizarro

    My American mates are going on about the World Series, calling it a "Fall classic." Wrong. THIS is a fall classic!

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Bobijs_Asvalts

    Paint Work deserves more credit.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Sl0wmation

    what penis said

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • PenisLightning

    one of the greatest albums of all time without doubt.

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • sola_tido

    Not one bad track, not even an average track. My favourite Fall line up, the rhythm section on this album is one of the tightest you'll ever hear. And John Leckie's production is perfect. I suspect that Smith might think it is too well produced! But then I would never presume to have a clue what MES thinks of anything. LOL!

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    Bombast is the absolute shit

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Germaphobe_

    Possibly one of the greatest albums ever.

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
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