Album Review: The Mission – “Another Fall From Grace”
Another Fall From Grace is billed as the missing link between The Sisters Of Mercy’s First And Last And Always and The Mission’s God’s Own Medicine, a bold statement made by Wayne Hussey, especially as the last album with the Adams/Hinkler/Hussey/Kelly line up was somewhat of a diversion from what many were expecting. It’s not an empty threat though, as the title track starts us off on a slower note that most Mission fans would be used to, it’s the Raising Cain to this albums Neverland, and more importantly, it works. It sets the tone for a very dark album. Met-Amor-Phosis will easily keep old school fans happy, especially with the addition of guest vocals from HIM’s Ville Valo.
Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful) does what it says on the tin and brings the album to a darker place, featuring elements of classic Mish while incorporating the electronics that Hussey has been fond of lately, while Adams’ bass work harks back to the days of the early Sisters EPs, think Kiss The Carpet and you’ve got the picture. Blood On The Road and Can’t See The Ocean From The Rain are just there as the songs that you could take or leave, but if Tyranny Of Secrets won’t wake you from the lull, then nothing else will. If the bands previous release, The Brightest Light left you in doubt that the pounding, fast paced numbers are a thing of the past, then this will change your mind and has the potential to be a real belter when performed live.
Did you ever think you’d listen to a Mission song and feel uplifted by the end of it? You will when you get to the end of Never’s Longer Than Forever, and as a life long listener, this pleasantly surprises me. The pace remains slow, dark and moody for Bullets and Bayonets, Jade, and Only You and You Alone. The albums closer, Phantom Pain is the odd one in the bunch, despite being a good song, it doesn’t sound like a Mission song.
While Wayne Hussey has stated that a dark album was never the intention for this particular project, it’s probably the album that needed to be made for years. There are many reasons for those who have been out of the loop for a while to give Another Fall From Grace a few plays. It successfully achieves it’s aim to recreate a proverbial lost album between 1984 and 1985.
While our Andy gave their last effort The Brightest Light a favourable review a few years back, it didn’t really do much for me. I’m delighted to say that I can’t say that about Another Fall From Grace. It’s not a conventional Mission album by any means, but it’s the Mission album I’ve been waiting to hear for a while. Recommend for fans of all Mission eras.