Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Sound : All Fall Down 1982

All Fall Down is the third studio album by English Dark Wave band the Sound, recorded from March to August 1982 and released in November 1982 on record label WEA.

After being pressured by their record label to release a more commercially successful album, since their previous records failed to attract the attention of the public, the Sound rebelled and recorded All Fall Down, which has been called "distinctly uncommercial".

The album was poorly received by critics and led to the termination of the Sound's contract with WEA. No singles were released from the album.
This is is a great Dark Wave album full of desperate lyrics , deep pain and great songs .

"All Fall Down" is one of those maligned records where some fans bailed but a select few would be inclined to attempt through demonstrative hand gestures and longwinded, shouty, pouty explanations of the circumstances surrounding it why it's the band's greatest achievement. All this despite the fact that the majority of the other people who have heard it will tell you it should be avoided at all costs.
"It's hopelessly 'down,' it's got no 'tunes,' it doesn't go anywhere," etc. Truthfully, it falls somewhere between those two views. This is one of those records where patience pays off, because it will gradually become more apparent that the songs all fit together and pretzel themselves in a sense that each one's effect is optimized with the context of those surrounding it. 

It's not a sprawl of songs but an album. Nothing comes by and smacks you in the face; its progression unfolds slowly. They play around with song structures, avoid choruses, drop down unexpected portals, use rhythmic drives for extended stretches, and employ chanted refrains, tape effects, and mechanized handclaps. Some songs build and build and build on a slight gradient and fade out or disappear with no resolution, no catharsis. 

None of these developments emaciate the band's power. However difficult the record is to crawl into, it shows a band that had reached another level of mastery. Renascent reissued All Fall Down in 2002 with superb sound and added three previously unreleased songs. The vocal tracks seem to be slowed down significantly, making Adrian Borland sound very intimidating.


All Fall Down      2:28
02. Party of the Mind     3:57
03. Monument              5:08
04. In Suspense             4:05
05. Where the Love Is      4:09
06. Song and Dance      3:55
07. Calling the New Tune 3:30
08. Red Paint             3:15
09. Glass and Smoke      6:54
10. We Could Go Far     4:04

Bonus Tracks

11. The One And A Half Minute Song     1:32
12. Sorry     3:47
13. As Feeling Dies     4:38
14. We could Go Far  3.31
15. Plenty  4.49
16. Neath Dancing Waves 2.46
17. Amber  3.57
18. Scapegoat In A Country Churchyard  2.52


Adrian Borland – vocals, guitar, production

Adrian Kelvin Borland (6 December 1957 – 26 April 1999) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer, best known as the frontman of post-punk band The Sound.
Another Dark Prince is gone . He cut his life lost in Glass and Smoke .

Graham Green – bass guitar, sound effects, drum machine programming, percussion, production

Max Mayers – keyboards, production

Mike Dudley – drums, percussion, production

Additional personnel

Manor Choir – backing vocals on "All Fall Down"
Craig Milliner – engineering
Flood – engineering
Steve Prestage – engineering
Bill Smith – sleeve artwork design
Andrew Douglas – sleeve photography
Nick Robbins – production

All Fall Down  LYRICS

The simple notions
Of this damned nation
There's words on the page still
But where's all the rage gone?
All fall down, all fall down

Dance in the streets
Sing ring-a-ring-a-roses
Their disease is complete
With a pocket full of poses
All fall down, all fall down

Pack of cards, den of thieves
Safe as houses until the breeze
Just watch it all fall down
Just watch it all fall down

Don't turn the clock back
Break its hands off
Two minutes to midnight
Are you ready to collapse?
Ready to all fall down


The world is turning
The world is turning
Full speed, full moon
It'll be the right time
To get right out soon

We have killed our days
With boredom
Drank the hours
Left them undone

When glass and smoke call
It's a farewell, a sad farewell

We are lost in glass and smoke
Cut by glass, choked by smoke

I'm not stupid
I know i'm guilty
Going on a journey
You can't come with me

 Adrian Borland
Following a substantial musical career spanning numerous groups, as well as a solo career, he succumbed to symptoms of what is known as schizoaffective disorder, and committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on 26 April 1999.

MP3 @ 320 . Size : 152,9 MB
 Flac  Size : 506 MB

Other Albums of The Sound : HERE


  1. From The Lions Mouth is better, by a safe margin, still great stuff tough!
    Have you, By chance a copy of "Cinematics" (Adrian solo)?

  2. Great stuff!
    I'm searchin' "Cinematics" by Adrian
    (Once purchased on bandcamp but computer failure with band camp account...) Only Joy Division I purchase every single format/edition.
    Thanks for yr work boys!

    1. Thanx for your comments my friend.Sorry but I don't have Cinematics.