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How to come back from the death of a best friend, a band member, and a core part of your sound?

How to stay motivated in the middle of a cold, damp Cheshire February, in a building full of memories, with no record label, and just a few sketches of songs from aborted recording sessions the year before? The Charlatans did what they always do. They dug deep, and searched for soul.

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  • Vinyl (17 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000E8R9V6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Bobby on 9 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have to say when I first heard the album and saw the band live I though - Dammit! The Charlatans have hopped on the Ordinary Boys trailer. Tim Burgess turning into Preston!?!! Jeez!

However, I persevered after being a Charlatans fan for over 12 years now and it really has grown on me and I'm impressed. Not sure about the UB40 mention earlier in the review list - I would say there's a more Clash/Specials influence shouting out and City of the Dead is a pure example of the way that The Charlatans pay homage to their influences. I found Up At The Lake a poor effort but this is back on track and may rival Up To Our Hips or Us and Us Only. A highly respectable band that has strived to become something unique for years - AND stop the comparisons between Stone Roses and Insprial Carpets.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first two tracks are the charlatans as we know them and at their best. From then on it's all change as the 'tans add reggae to their repetoire of styles. You'll either love it or laugh at it, i loved it more than my own mother. Is there no end to these boys talents? It might take a few listens to get used to but it'll be worth it. It's truely unique and truely charlatans. Get it bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sixteen years as a band and with nine studio albums completed, The Charlatans have found themselves in the challenging territory on their latter albums of needing to innovate or die. This requirement has been more successful on certain albums (e.g. "Wonderland") than on others (e.g. "Up at the Lake").

One game that has been played with these latter albums has been "spot the influences" - from Bob Dylan to Curtis Mayfield. Indeed, the band themselves namecheck The Clash and LCD Soundsystem as being inspirational bands for this album. However, any fan of The Specials will also instantly recognise their ska sound on "City of the Dead".

Overall, the album is a mix of sounds and themes. The classic Charlatans sound is there on tracks such as "Blackened Blue Eyes", "Architect" and the instrumental "Sunset and Vine". Also well worth checking out are "For Your Entertainment" and "Muddy Ground", both of which are dark but mellow songs.

There are also two thematically different songs dedicated to New York and London. The first - "NYC (No Need to Stop)" - is a celebration of the energy of that city. Its catchy enough, if not particularly memorable. The other - "When the Lights Go Out in London" - is far more downbeat and follows the terrorist bombings in the city in 2005.

Less successful are "Dead Man's Eye" "City of the Dead", and "Glory Glory", which do reduce the overall quality of the album.

In all, well worth buying as a Charlatans fan, which I definitely am. However, its not their best work. Try "Tellin' Stories" or "Us and Us Only" instead if you are new to the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. SMEDLEY VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I made the mistake of reading the reviews or this album, rather than just buying it, which is what I've done with all the Charlatan's previous releases. It's fair to say that as a band they have always attracted 'mixed reviews', but this album seems to have received a particular mauling!

As below, it was heavilly criticised for having a reggae feel to some of the tracks, which I think is incorrect. Ska would be a lot more accurate, a few songs have something of The Specials, Madness, etc. about them, but still sound like the Charlatans, unlike lesser bands such as the Ordinary Boys and to a lesser degree Hard-Fi, who just sound like these bands!

The album probaly opens with one of the best tracks and lead single, Blackened Blue Eyes and moves on through songs, some of which are reminiscent of the last few albums, Up At The Lake and Wonderland in particular and some in the new style, as described above.

Highlights for me include For Your Entertainment, Muddy Ground, The Architect and the instrumental album closer Sunset And Vine, but the whole album flows well, which demands repeated listening and the 45 mins are up fairly quickly, it feels.

Overall then, another fresh, consistent album from one of the best bands, if not the most uner-rated, of the 90's and onwards. For those more open-minded individuals, I'd also recommend checking out Tim Burgess' solo album, I Beleive, traces of which can be heard in this album and to a greater degree, Up At The Lake, it's really quite excellent...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mollynew442 on 29 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nine albums in and The Charlatans are still going strong. They may be past their very best (1995-97) but they can be relied upon to produce solid albums and remain one of the UK's finest live acts. Simpatico has received mixed reviews and this is mainly due to the change in sound apparent on much of the album. The band have once again been experimenting and many of the tracks have a dub/ska feel to them which at first listen seems a little out of place for our beloved Indie boys. A few plays later and all is well once again. Songs such as "Muddy Ground" prove that the Charlatans can pull off this new sound. However it is the opener "Blackened Blue Eyes" which is the stand out tune on the album. It is up there with the best of the band's singles and is vintage Charlies - dub free and with plenty of chiming guitar and keyboard. Other highlights include NYC which has become a live favourite, For Your Entertainment and the sweet Glory Glory. As mentioned below there is unfortunately also "City of the Dead" which has to be the worst Charlies' track ever. It sounds a little UB40 and a lot naff. It took a while to work to work its magic but Simpatico has won me over.
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