The Fall – Rose (1991)

Friday night, what could be better than a 22 year old album track by The Fall?

Around this time, Mark E. Smith was in reflective mood on a fairly regular basis. “Just Waiting”, “Time Enough At Last” and “Married, 2 Kids” from Code:Selfish; “Bill Is Dead” from Extricate, and; “Edinburgh Man” from Shift Work.

“Rose” is also from Shift Work and I do struggle to pin down why I love this track so much.

It is partly the “Theme From Shaft” funk guitar chops; it is partly the droll, laconic delivery; it is partly the bassline that never stops, and; partly, it is the flute/woodwind melody riding over the whole thing.

In the end, the sum is considerably greater than the parts. Perfect pop music.

There is a letter marked urgent.

I have not yet read it

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