While most of the music that The Fall recorded between 1977 & 1983 can be described as "rough around the edges", I don't think anyone would argue that "Dragnet" is where you find The Fall at their messiest.
Recorded in only 3 days, Dragnet is the first album-length collaboration between Mark E. Smith and long standing Fall guitarist Craig Scanlon who would go on to write the music to some of the best known Fall classics. The album kicks off with a bang with a new version of a previously released single called "Psychic Dancehall", which has an extremely catchy riff and drum beat. The album continues down the primitive path, which culminates in the nearly 8 minute "Spector Versus Rector" which is just barely ramshackle contained chaos that sounds like it was recorded 3 rooms away.
"Dragnet" is probably not a favorite among hardcore Fall fans, but I strongly believe that it captures the purest essence of the group... a group who for many years believe that it's the attitude that should carry their songs.
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