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Broken Record #27
I wouldn't so much say this album is under-rated, as I imagine everyone that's heard it will know it's amazing, but it's maybe just not as well-known or as popular as it should be.
I can never decide which Fall record I like best, everyone is as equally bad and amazing as the next. This is made up of 24 sessions that they recorded for John Peel, so there's plenty to listen to. Every pub should be soundtracked by The Fall.
I was 15 when XTRMNTR was released, in January 2000. There wasn't really anything good happening, musically, at this point, and with the panic of the turn of the millennium, this record was quite fitting. I hadn't heard anything like it, or could get my head round how they made it. It soundtracked many an (empty) house party when I was in school.
Ever since I learned how to drive, I'd always have a copy of this in the car. It's especially good for driving on the motorway at night.
I'd listen to this record a lot while we were writing our first album. I really liked the chord changes and Jean Claude Vannier's string arrangements, I remember trying to figure out ways to reference bits and pieces from it.