The Sound: All Fall Down 12"
At the time their third album was released, The Sound was one of the UKäó»s most acclaimed bands and were on the precipice of a commercial breakthrough. Having been upgraded from the Korova label (also home to Echo & the Bunnymen) to Warner Bros., the group was met with label demands to deliver a more commercial release. In what many consider to be a willfully defiant move, The Sound delivered the challenging and more experimental All Fall Down, a record many of their most ardent fans still consider their most accomplished. It remains one of the great post-punk albums of the early äó»80s.ŒæThe logical progression from the bandäó»s previous work, the seminal From the Lions Mouth, All Fall Down unfolds slowly and rewards patience. Each songäó»s power is augmented by the ones around it. Highlights include the upbeat äóìCalling the New Tuneäó? and äóìParty of the Mind,äó? the melancholy äóìWe Could Go Faräó? and the dissonance and bleakness of äóìGlass and Smoke.äó? The aura of Adrian Borlandäó»s well-documented mental illness gives many of the songs a sinister edge.ŒæAll Fall Down has proved itself over time to be an essential albumäóîit is a timeless, modern record that still sounds fresh, and its high points match anything else in the groupäó»s canon.