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All Fall Down

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Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba
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Under the Heat
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Mercy Mercy
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You Don't Scare Me
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Make A Difference Tonight
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Caught In An Unguarded Moment
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Someone New
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Something's Holding On
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Your Pretty Baby
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Another Nail
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Locked Inside This Moment (Ballad Version)
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Locked Inside This Moment (Rock Version)
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Someone New (12" Version)
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Jesus
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Tattoo
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 59:15

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Not perfect, but...

Kurzbein

I'm still surprised at the maturity of the music on All Fall Down. Has this group produced catchier choruses than the ones on these songs? As you'd expect from a record ostensibly produced by an evangelical church, the songs end up being a bit too topical. It was as if they felt the need to cover as much territory as possible, and the record suffers as a result. For the most part they avoid heavy-handedness, but the sentiment still isn't buried that far below the surface. All Fall Down would be embraced by just about any band if it were their debut, which tells you all you need to know about it. PS - Tracks 11-15 are add-ons to the original. Tracks 14 & 15 are really solo songs Mike Roe did when the group broke up after their Island self-titled record.

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What? This is a great album!

Jack67

Don't listen to the emusic critic, this is a great album. My cassette broke 20 plus years ago from over use, I have been waiting years to pick this up again! Any 77's fan, download without delay!

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They Say All Music Guide

The 77s were still struggling to establish themselves with their second record, an album that, while light years ahead of its predecessors, still evidences some of the pesky drawbacks of youth and naïveté. One thing was clear from the outset: Michael Roe was developing into an astounding pop songwriter. The single-syllable chorus of “Ba Ba Ba Ba” was instantly infectious, and the foreboding “Caught in an Unguarded Moment” is an easy rival to Robyn Hitchcock. But elsewhere the band is too easily constrained by the genre trappings of the day. The Hall & Oates pop of “Your Pretty Baby” and jittery synths of “Under the Heat” very clearly place All Fall Down at the center of the 1980s, and on too many occasions there is a longing for the band to strip off the trappings and play the songs in their barest form. Recorded in a different manner, “Another Nail” might have been a stellar Go-Betweens song — but in its moussed-up, synthed-up form it is thoroughly cringe-inducing. Likewise, “Mercy Mercy” and “You Don’t Scare Me” pale when considered alongside their sweaty, superior renderings on 88. All Fall Down proved a promising step for the 77s, but the room for improvement was vast. – J. Edward Keyes

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