THE CHARLATANS (UK) Live It Like You Love It (Original 2002 UK limited edition 14-track CD album featuring live tracks recorded during their gig at Manchester Arena on 14th December 2001. Housed in the jewel case complete with the large numbered
orange cloth AAA style passes and glossy fold-out picture sleeve inlay!)
Live It Like You Love It
was recorded at Manchester's Evening News Arena in December 2001 and, sadly, it's only die-hard completists or people who were there and want a souvenir of this particular concert who are likely to think that the gamble has paid off. For as erratic a live group as the Charlatans, any sort of live album was always going to be a risk--never mind one recorded in one night, rather than culled from the highlights of a tour.
The Charlatans' best moments on record are always those in which inventiveness in the studio has redeemed their otherwise pedestrian musical imaginations, to say nothing of rendering presentable Tim Burgess's affecting but limited voice--think of the Isaac Hayes guitars on "The Only One I Know", or the luxuriant washes of multi-tracked guitar that made the whole of Tellin' Stories such a joy. In concert, the Charlatans have sometimes been able to make up for the exposure of their limitations by engendering a sense of giddy communal uplift, but it doesn't translate at all to record--the band sound like they're playing two rooms along down the hall, and when Burgess's singing coincides with the melody, it's only due to the law of averages. --Andrew Mueller