The Fall

Pearl City 1996

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The second in a pair of mid-'90s concert discs from the Fall, Pearl City 1996 fares better than its counterpart, 1995's Idiot Joy Show, if only for the top-notch execution of early favorites like "U.S. 80's-90's" -- listed here as "15 Ways" -- and the scorching "L.A." But the latter, an outstanding rendering of the band's beloved hypnotic 1984 underground hit, doesn't keep the group from turning in an iffy live set at the 1995 Phoenix Festival. The most obvious example of self-mutilation comes via the disorganized, musically cluttered "Das Vulture Ans ein Nutter-Wain," and while a number like "Powder Keg" lives up to its name, this disc is probably best left in the hands of Fall devotees.

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