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The Mission ‘Another Fall From Grace’ Review


The Mission ‘Another Fall From Grace’ Review: influential Goth rockers make their finest album since their 80’s heyday.

“This album is the lost link between The Sisters Of Mercy’s First And Last And Always and The Mission’s God’s Own Medicine.” That bold statement comes from The Mission’s frontman Wayne Hussey, regarding the band’s new album Another Fall From Grace (due 9/30/16 via Eyes Wide Shut/ SPV). It’s a tall order: crafting a modern album that sounds like it was made in the mid-80’s by a much younger band.

Luckily, they have the music to back the hyperbole: it’s the band’s best album since 1990’s Carved In Sand.

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Working with longtime producer Tim Palmer, Hussey and co. have returned to their vintage sound of glimmering 12-strings, theatrical flourishes and Goth dynamics, as witnessed on the shimmering opening title track, with a grandeur evoking their 1988 anthem Tower of Strength.

Hussey’s allusions to his work with The Sisters Of Mercy ring loud and true on the album’s first single Met-Amor-Phosis. It’s an instant earworm: replete with classic guitar jangle and driving bass, with Hussey’s lyrics referring to Kafka and the late David Bowie (“there’s a new blackstar in the heavens tonight”). Tyranny of Secrets’ is another throwback, with a hypnotic descending riff recalling the Sisters 1983 cult hit Alice.

Hussey’s pipes are in fine form throughout, the anthemic Can’t See The Oceans From The Rain a particular standout with his sonorous wail waxing poetic about a California highway escapade.

Another Fall From Grace features some impressive musical guests, with Him’s Ville Valo, All About Eve’s Julianne Regan and Evi Vine all making appearances. The most high-profile cameos come from New Wave icons Gary Numan and Martin Gore, who add ethereal backing vocals on Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful), adding eerie counterpoint to Hussey’s hushed vocals as the track escalates from ghostly atmospherics into a pulse-pounding outro.

Gore also adds soaring backing vocals to Only You and You Alone, one of the band’s most effective ballads. Their dual vocal’s dovetail with emotive potency, while Mission bassist Craig Adams lays down one of his patented tectonic basslines.

Jade is a sterling example of the type of romantic musical melodrama The Mission weave so well: layers of interweaving guitar textures, hypnotic bass and synth-soundscapes build into an anthem with an explosive cinematic climax.

Blood in the Road is another stomper, veering from glistening arpeggiated verse to classic rock chorus, while the somber closing track Phantom Pain adds discordant sax to the mix–an unusual but winning deviation from the band’s musical template.

Another Fall From Grace is a striking reminder of The Mission’s strengths. For a band celebrating their 30th anniversary, it shows there’s still plenty of life left in them yet. To quote Met-Amor-Phosis: “with age comes change.” It’s an older and wiser Mission for sure, but they’ve tapped into a musical fountain of youth.

Pre-order The Mission’s ‘Another Fall From Grace’ via Amazon below. And click here for 30th anniversary tour dates and ticket info.

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7 Responses to The Mission ‘Another Fall From Grace’ Review

  1. Judge Fred September 21, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    Th other album is called “Carved In Sand” actually.

  2. Matheus Rabelo de Carvalho October 1, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    the best album ever, I’m curious about Phantom pain where they play AfterHours of The Sisters Of Mercy in it, kind of homage or something. Wayne was in the Sisters when afterhours were released but the music and lyrics where written by Eldritch….

    • SLIS October 2, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      Interesting! I’m currently trying to get an interview with Wayne. If successful I’ll try to get that question in there 🙂

  3. Gabor Fodor October 3, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    At last the arrangement arrived to the good old days!

  4. Albert October 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Finally, some masterpiece work! Haven’t spent years on keeping silent or recording dull tracks, they’ve eventually come to (their goth) sences and recorded a truly valuable album worth listening to. Frankly, there are some weak points on the entire track list (“Jade”, “Can’t See the Ocean…”, or even the single-edited “Met-Amor-Phosis” that sounds somewhat silly). Nevertheless, tracks like the title track (an examplary goth-sound song!), the eerie “Within the Deepest Darkness” or the superb final “Phantom Pain” will remain among the finest “missionary” works ever…

  5. stephen brazier November 17, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    Its up their with carved in sand and has a few tracks like butterfly on a wheel ..but doesn’t hit ‘children’ or ‘gods own medicine’.

    But it’s bloody impressive and hearing those dark tones and Wayne’s voice that has not aged much is just spine tingling

    • SLIS November 18, 2016 at 9:52 am #

      It’s a definite return to form for sure.

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