The Fall

Masquerade (Part 1) EP

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Part one of a two-part CD single (a popular dodge in Great Britain in the '90s, forcing up sales positions by tempting completists into buying two copies of the same single for the different B-sides), "Masquerade" features a catchy burbling electronic melody that doesn't really fit with Mark E. Smith's usual ranting vocals. "Ivanhoe's Two Pence" is more like it, with a shaggy guitar pop groove supporting a dialogue segment out of an old movie" alternating with a more low-key, almost restrained Smith vocal. That restraint is gone in "Spencer Must Die," a noisy harangue set to grinding guitar that almost sounds like one of the group's early punk-era singles, but the sluggish "Ten Houses of Eve" definitely smacks of filler.

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