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Wonderland [Import]

The Charlatans Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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For more than two decades now, The Charlatans have been an inspirational force in British rock. As they celebrate their twentieth anniversary with some very special gigs, they remain as exciting and relevant now, as when they first broke through to the immortal strains of ‘The Only One I Know’ – if not, more so, as a new generation of young bands and fans today hail them as ... Read more in Amazon's The Charlatans Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B00005OMNR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

THE CHARLATANS Wonderland (Taiwanese issue 10-track CD picture sleeve with unique wraparound obi-strip which includes biographical details of the band sealed!)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Another) highlight of the career.... 10 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
In fact, when you think about it, this probably IS the the best album of the Charlatans' carreer. From the outset of 'You're So Pretty', you know that this is a change of direction for the Charlatans. But one that is vital.
Like some music hack said recently, the Charlatans have joined Primal Scream in being an old band band but also compulsive and fresh at the same time. In fact, most of the album sounds like they jumped back in time to The Scream's songs between 'Screamadelica' and 'Give Out But Don't Give Up'. This is not, repeat NOT a bad thing. In fact it is magical at times.
The standout track on offer is the mesmerising 'Ballad Of The Band', nearly six minutes of a journey through the dark side of life. 'Come with me...', Burgess drawls on the chorus while loping to a furious bass and cracking melody. It could well be the Charlatans' best song yet.
The fantastic love song 'I Just Can't Get Over Losing You' is another highlight - a screeching (and astonishing) falsetto by Burgess sounds extremely endearing, especially set amongst the lush female backing vocals. Single 'Love Is The Key' may not have struck you at first but is the most lovely slow burning 'grower' you could hope to find. It soon becomes another high point. Then other songs like 'Right On', 'And If I Fall' and (especially) 'Is It In You?' later assualt your brain with lush melodies and innovative twists.
In fact, the whole album innovates in some way. Gentle ballad 'A Man Needs To Be Told' is affecting and evocative of the Charlatans' new found soul. Yeah, a REAL soul album with no false gestures; the final melody of 'Love To You' leaves an extremely warm feeling from a surprisingly simple but effective album, lyrical wise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
From the opening track the charlatans stride confidently back into our lives again. Telling us they are sexy making us feel sexy and ultimately making us wanna dance. For a band who have suffered such horrific tribulation throughout their long career it is amazing they manage to maintain such a high tempo on record indicating that what they give to the listener is definately from the soul. If possible the pure ectasy of the opening six tracks becomes unbearable,yet how can you resist dancing to such amzingly uplifting anthems. Whilst their is an obvious sound to any Charlatans record and influences and comparisons with the Stone Roses, Primal Scream et al are still present, their is a definate sound on this particular album which is tinged with the sunshine of Lead singer Tim Burgess LA residence. Soulful and intense songs such as Judas, Love is the Key, and i just cant get over losing you, stand out and display the new falsetto range of burgess over fantastic hooks and great keyboards, adding an electronic depth which has always made the Charlatans forward moving, relevant and down right nessacary.This year has not seen such an uplifting, sexy album, while others hark back to ages old or take experimentation to the absurd and unlistenalble, The Charalatans strut into the future using what has gone before them and making it truly thiers.Ace, Mega, A MUST!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt their finest album 22 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am disappointed to see any sort of criticism for this album. Having listened to it a lot and compared it to their others (mostly excellent, of course) I conclude that it is almost flawless, and there is no major criticism. The perfect grrove of many tracks, including opener Youre so pretty, We're so pretty, Judas and Ballad of the Band, combines with beautiful balladry (check And If I Fall, which combines this with a funk groove) and frankly odd experimentation( the gospel/ drum and bass ending of A man needs to be told) to create a great album. The musicianship is fantastic too. Bass grooves very well, Guitars are melodic, and the counter melodies, eg in the chorus of Judas, the best chorus on the album, are great. Tony Rogers has pretty much moved on from the hammond sound traditionally associated with the charlatans (a pity in a way, but also refreshing) but his originality is superb. Burgess' falsetto is interesting at first, but enthralling after a couple of listens. Above all, despite the differences to past work, you can still tell its the Charlatans and this is the key. Unlike for example Blur, who have gone off at disturbing tangents, the charlatans have maintained a smooth upwards progression. Long live the boys from Northwich. Ignore this album at your peril.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charlatan`s best yet! 15 Dec 2001
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Format:Audio CD
For many Charlatans fans, a change of direction will be a scary thing. Will it be as good as their previous efforts? When they`ve spent such a successful ten years making their trademark catchy indie brit-pop, why change now? Well the truth is, "Wonderland" is as good as anything the Charlatans have ever done. In fact, it is their most consistantly brilliant album to date.
It all kicks off with "You`re So Pretty, We`re So Pretty", an incredibly strong opener, which sounds like nothing the Charlatans have ever done. From this moment, it`s obvious that "Wonderland" is going to be a very different album from it`s Dylan-esque predesessor "Us And Us Only", only if this is anything to go by, New Charlatans is clearly a step in the right direction.
Then comes "Judas", a catchy little number, which, whilst not been one of the best tracks here, is a fine little pop song nonetheless.
Then comes first single, "Love is the Key", a catchy rocker, showcasing Burgess`s new falsetto against a grinding bass-line and some fantastic guitar work from the rest of the band. But no matter how good it`s been so far, nothing can quite prepare you for what follows.
"A Man Needs To Be Told" is without doubt the Charlatan`s finest song to date, and a strong contender for Single Of The Year (along with Elbow`s "Newborn" and Radiohead`s "Pyramid Song").
It features a steel guitar, liquid piano and an impossible falsetto from Burgess. This without doubt the best song here.
Through the rocking I Just Can`t Get Over Losing You", and the pounding instrumental "The Bell And The Butterfly", we come to Wonderland`s most gentle tracks (alongside the closing "Love To You").
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Band Needs To Be Told
A Man Needs To Be Told is the stand out track on this album,the more you play the track the better it gets.Its a shame that i cant say this about the rest of the album. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Mr. D. A. Francis
2.0 out of 5 stars Love is the Key, think Jammy McGee!!!!
After careful consideration I threw this album in the bin NB!

That Is it In You is like bad Barry White. And don't get me started on the falsetto!
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by J. M. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderland, wonderful???
I primarily purchased this album for two tracks, You're so pretty-we're so pretty & Love is the key. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by covguard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Borrowed this album from a friend and fell in love with it. My only previous knowledge of Charlatans was The Only One I Know (aka The Only Charlatans Song I Know). Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2007 by Matthew Shute
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Charlatans album
With Wonderland the Charlatans came through and released the album Us and Us Only could have been.

Its quite a heavy album with many a chorus that will have you... Read more
Published on 24 April 2006 by Louis Mazzini
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky but is it indie?
The Charlatans are a great Mancs band and one of the things I admire the most about them is that they are different!!! This album though I think could have been better. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2003 by "mikestephen"
2.0 out of 5 stars I'd agree with the Amazon reviewer
It can't be easy when a band's been around for 10 years or more, to get a real gague on teh quality of an album. The mainstream fans are gone, only the diehards remain. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2003 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A change in direction but superb
If you read other reviews of this album the recurrent theme is that it was initially dismissed but improved after repreated exposure. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2002 by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars The charlatans rise like a phoenix from the fire
This in fact is the BEST album charlatans album, it brings all the best points and virtues of tellin stories, us and us only, melting pot etc and swirls them up in a white boy funk... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2002 by "christurner83"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charlatans Best Yet
Right from the opening track "You're So Pretty-We're So Pretty" this album does not disapoint for one second! Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2002
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