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Why Call It Anything

Chameleons Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artful
  • ASIN: B00005MGAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back! 12 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is my initial opinion after just two listens!
Shades
Probably the biggest disappointment is the opening track - like a clumsy bolting together of recent Burgess/Invincible/Sons of God with The Reegs, rather than the full Chams synthesis. The uncomfortable leap into the chorus seems ill-conceived and forced, like they were trying to do an updated Don't Fall to kick things off with a real bang. The lyrics I just don't get. The kind of opening track to get you worried if you ever had high hopes for long-quiet/defunct bands that then failed to deliver (Stone Roses, anyone?)
Anyone Alive?
Despite initially veering into Invincible-sounding-like-Chameleons territory (or at least that's the worry after hearing track one), Anyone Alive? somehow rescues itself to pull above this and into real Chams greatness. One of those comfortable Burgess compositions of recent years which could really grow on you.
Indiana
Familiar from Strip now re-recorded and modified slightly but still very recognisable, Indiana was probably worth reworking after all the touring to show how much they really have come back together. Suddenly the song has areas of light and shade, subtleties and inflections missing from the original which will convince those who weren't sure of it first time around. It's funny to come across a familiar tune in this new album only to have to remind yourself this is New Chameleons, not another Old Chameleons reworking - yet still the song that bridges the gap for most of us I guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have you guys back 19 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Like the other reviewer i was a little scared to hear what this new comeback cd might sound like. Would the chameleons be just another great band of the past who didn't know when to just call it quits? (echo and the bunnymen). My fears were completly erased by my second listen. This cd is incredible! How great to hear one of the truly great bands come back and sound so sweet and sure of themselves. Everything clicks here. From the energy of the opening track to the beautiful instrumental last track. The atmosphere is classic chameleons(the atmosphere that was missing by the way, in the good but not great post-chams solo work, invincible, sun and the moon etc.). One pleasant surprise old fans might find interesting is track 9 which is unlike anything the band has done before(at least what i've ever heard from earlier works!). This is one of my favourite tracks on the cd. Hopefully this cd brings back the old fans(you won't be dissapointed) and brings in new fans as well. This is one group who has been amazing for a long time and this new masterpeice just adds to the legend that is the chameleons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chameleons - great to have you back! 10 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Well, what can I say? 14 years since their last 'real' album (there have been many really good live/session/acoustic albums 'posthumously' released since their break-up in '87); this is the first album release of new material by this MASSIVELY underrated band.
Oh what a great album! Being a big Chameleons fan, of course I was worried that it may not live up to the standards of Script of the Bridge, What Does Anything Mean Basically and Strange Times. I guess every fan of a particular band has that concern when a new album is released, but especially after a 14 year wait!
But, for all those Chams fans out there, I can dispell your concerns. This new album is a masterpiece. Phew! But I knew they wouldn't disappoint. The distinctive melodic/atmospheric sound of Dave's and Reg's guitars are very prevalent, the rhythm/backbeat punchy in places, Mark's vocals at their finest. The lyrics highlighting Mark Burgess's poetic brilliance.
Particular tracks that stand out - Lufthansa for it's 'tear-inducing' beauty, Miracles and Wonders which has a vibrant emotional feel to it and includes the Chameleons latest arrival Kwasi, Dangerous Land which has some wonderful guitars, and Truth Isn't Truth Anymore which is an inspired track (and is excellent live). I confess that I am not great at describing the songs, and I am not doing them fair justice - just trust me they are great!
So, If you're a fan of the Chameleons, get it!!
If you're not a fan of the Chameleons or don't know who they are (shame on you!)- buy this album and discover what the large and very loyal worldwide fanbase already know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific pop album from an unexpected source 28 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
What needs to be said about this album is that it is a FANTASTIC pop album. None of the early Chameleons albums were pop albums, and some may think that's a bad indication, but in this instance it's not, because these songs are instantly memorable, with brilliant hooks and melodies. The new Chameleons don't have that much in common with the old Chameleons, except for the brilliantly chiming guitars. Of course, Mark's voice has changed, and it's true that he tends to sound a bit like Marc Almond these days, but that's hardly a bad thing at all - he has merely learned to sing in a softer, more subtle way. It's true that he tends to repeat lines, but that never did any harm to the thousands of blues artists in the world. The lyrics aren't as poetically woven and visionary as they were on the first couple of Chameleons albums, but the music and melodies compensate for this. This really is a classic pop album. All Around You is the kind of killer pop song that could have been written in the late sixties by Small Faces or the Stones, but isn't in any way retro or dated - it's just class. They are all memorable songs, though, that you find circling round your head while walking down the street. But unlike another reviewer, I urge the Chameleons not to put more ragga on the next album. They just about get away with it on Miracles and Wonders (despite the ragga rant being pretty simplistic and annoying . . . 'to every action there is a reaction' . . . tell us something we don't know), but it is out of place and disconcerting. However, one forgives this, because of the strength of everything else on the album. It makes one think of all that was great about guitar groups in the eighties, and what is absolutely lacking from guitar groups now. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Chameleons
While some reviews did not agree I thought this was another excellent disc from the Chameleons. I thought it picked up and evolved from where Tony Fletcher Walked On Water left... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David J. Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone with ears, to hear...
Reunion albums are always mediocre at best, right? I was wrong too...

Shades - The Chameleons are back! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jmrichardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
If you like The Chameleons, you can buy it.
Not as good as the older stuff,but still a good CD.
It is strange that this great band is not more famous.
Published 18 months ago by espen gr.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Chameleons Album But A Good Album By Any Standard
It was very unlikely that the band would come close to the genius visited on the first three albums but while it certainly doesn't do that,this is a fair effort. Read more
Published on 19 May 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars they're back but are they as good?
well the moment that all chameleon fans have hoped and dreamed about has happened year 2000 the chameleons reform, a year later and 15 years after the release of their last... Read more
Published on 3 April 2003 by Shawn P. Golby
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential album
After seeing the Chameleons twice live, once in Manchester and the other in their home town of Middleton, just proves a very valid point that decent music is still around (Pete... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2001 by Marc Goodall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but mellower than I was expecting...
I think it's fair to say that if you've kept up with the solo stuff (Burgess, Reegs, etc) there's nothing too surprising on here. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar
This album is good but yet has no songs which stand out. They are all average and quite unmemorable. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in love again !
I first listened to the Chams as a young teenager and now i'm a teenager again because they have managed to slice through all the sophistication and cynicism i have unfortunately... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have done better after 16 years!
My initial opinion after listening to this album twice,is that it sounds more like a Mark Burgess production,(Invincible),than a Chameleons collaboration. Read more
Published on 17 July 2001
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