Don't listen them...This is of the BEST Fall records!
Kevin Hudson | New York, New York USA | 06/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I still cannot figure out why so many negative reviews abound concerning this CD. "Middle Class Revolt" is nearly the best Fall record I have, and have almost all. It's different than most of their later stuff. I'll grant that. It bears no resemblance to The Fall's early styles; sure. It certainly won't sink in upon first listening. But musically and lyrically it is one most the coherent efforts of Mark's long and protean career. Try it!"
When you've recorded 27 albums, not all of them can be great
Darrun Taylor | Vernon, BC, Canada | 01/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love the Fall. I think Mark E Smith is parts genius and parts total freak! The Fall have the ability to rock out big time, or scare the living hell out of you ( Sometimes all in the same song!). Middle Class revolt has some pretty good songs on it, but it also has quite a few forgetable ones. The fact that it is a double cd does help, by adding a few Peel session recordings as well as original mixes and re mixes of the album. Personally I think Middle Class revolt gets eaten alive by Fall classics like Hex Enduction, This nations saving grace, pretty much anything they recorded in the eighties on the Beggars Banquet label. If you are looking for really cool Fall albums, check out their first two. Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet.
Thanks. Big "D""
MIxed bag but worth it
A. Davis | Berkshires | 01/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the early 90s the Fall start to get frustrating, and Middle Class Revolt is a good example of how. The high points are very high, but the low points just seem mediocre. And before the 90s, I wouldn't think of much the Fall did as mediocre. Awful, occasionally, but usually intense and good. Not...boring. There are a few songs I just skip through every time I put this album on. But there are others I keep pushing repeat for. I guess that's life. Still four stars, because I can't imagine living without a couple of these songs. But....just barely four stars. And the bonus disc is at least as strong as the album itself, and gets just as much play in my car stereo."