“Dragnet” is arguably The Fall‘s best-known album. With the departure of Martin Bramah after “Live At The Witch Trials”, the band underwent yet another lineup shift in late 1979. Marc Riley switched to guitar and Steve Hanley joined on bass; the latter’s signature basslines would become a major part of The Fall for the next two decades.
Opening track “Psykick Dancehall” strikes like an elusive, working-class anthem with its bouncy tempo changes and Mark E. Smith’s unfiltered vocals raining down on the dance-floor. “Dice Man” takes its direction from disheveled beats, stuttering lyrics and asymmetrical phrasing. Somehow Dragnet manages to be even more lo-fi than The Fall‘s debut, yet reveals a cohesive sound and fierce songs that would further build the band’s cult following.