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You Cross My Path [Enhanced]

The Charlatans Audio CD
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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 (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0015LMNL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Oh! Vanity,
2. Bad Days,
3. Mis-takes,
4. The Misbegotten,
5. A Day For Letting Go,
6. You Cross My Path,
7. The Missing Beats,
8. My Name Is Despair,
9. BIRD,
10. This Is The End
Disc: 2
1. A Margin Of Sanity,
2. Acid In The Tea,
3. You Cross My Path (live),
4. Bad Days (live),
5. Mis-Takes (live),
6. Oh! Vanity (live),
7. This Is The End (live)
8. You Cross My Path (video),
9. Oh! Vanity (video)

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BBC Review

Ten albums (and five labels) into their career Tim Burgess and co. must be sick of hearing words like 'reliable' or 'solid' bandied around whenever they release an album. Always the bridesmaids in Manchester's fecund musical terrain, they've survived death, disinterest and fashion to become some kind of institution. But will You Cross My Path, with its return to foursquare Brit rock with a danceable underbelly, reach the ears of any but the faithful?

You Cross..,. was released, Radiohead-style, as a free download to XFM listeners before it appeared in tangible form. Whether this was due to misgivings about quality or as a savvy nod to the changing shape of commercial music consumption depends on how you regard the band. For fans this album is an entirely safe bet.

Burgess sounds bullish, the band sound bolshy, and the songs are mostly uptempo. However, flowery talk of the influence of krautrock and psychedelia has perhaps been over-egged. A metronomic beat doesn't instantly denote anything kosmische, and likewise a swirling Hammond (something they've had since day one) isn't necessary going to bring the Fillmore West to mind. If anything the band are here paying homage to fellow Mancunians

The opening swagger of Oh! Vanity has a touch of Oasis in its blocky guitars and suspect scansion. But the key influence seems to be New Order on tracks like The Misbegotten or Mis-Takes with their popping sequencers and beligerent bass riffs. The vibe can also get a little punky on speedier thrill rides like the title track.

Ultimately there's little here that the band haven't done before. But they do it so well that no one who loves their reliable (there, i said it) brand of indie is going to complain. However, if anyone's still waiting for them to break free of the B-list and conquer the world, You Cross My Path isn't the place to start looking. --Chris Jones

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biased review from a massive charlatans fan 22 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Ive been a charlatans fan from the very beginning, felt like ive gone through the same highs and lows that they have been through. Alot of people havent liked how in later years they reinvented themselves for every album while still resolutely keeping the charlatans sound - Us and Us Only was the Dylan one, Wonderland was the the Prince/ Curtis Mayfield one and Simpatico was the Reggae/Ska one. They have done it again with a 80's new order feel to this one.

Burgess as usual comes across as the enigmatic tom cat on the tiles, lyrically not that much makes sense but he seems to to have knack of wording things in a way that sounds cool, big deal that his voice sounds like a drowned rat - havent all great singers from Manchester?

What i love most about this band is that they have got a 'small' sound, they have never been a stadium band and i think they're proud of that, for me that gives them a really intimate loose sound (perfectly illustrated on Oh! Vanity). For most of the songs the trusty hammond is still there but the middle parts of the songs that went nowhere have gone, there is a much tighter sound to the new order type tracks which then merge into a short catchy shoegazing finale.
Ever tune but one is a winner, the only thing that lets this album down is possibly the worst Charlatans tune ive ever heard - My Name is Despair' a horrible stodgy dirge of a song, it does not fit in with the rest of the album at all - i usually just skip it every time.

That aside if you get the Charaltans you'll get this, and its a grower like all their best stuff, if you've never gotten them your missing out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to listen to...awesome! 23 May 2008
By tonto
Format:Audio CD
This is Charlatans best since their second album 'between 10th and 11th' (1992!) in terms of 'tightness' and 'cohesion'this is the best...the longevity of their sound is rare, this is their 10th studio album, yet sounds so fresh...An amazing mix of darkness, despair and simmering love underneath...'Bad Days', 'Mis-takes' and the beautiful (shoegazingly beautiful!) 'Bird' are standouts...but the whole album is a pleasure, any newcomers start here!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlatans hit the high notes 4 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Charlatans have come a long way since "The Only One I Know" 18 years ago. Sure, they've had their ups and downs in the interim, but who hasn't This album could described as a "return to form", for want of a better phrase. "You cross my path" is quite simply a superb album and its getting heavy rotation on my sound system right now. You could be forgiven for mistaking the album for New Order at times. There are five great tracks worthy of inclusion on a future re-release of "Forever": Oh! Vanity, Bad Days, The Misbegotten, Bird and The End. My absolute favourite is Bad Days with its rumbling bass intro and driving rhythm. The live version on Disc 2 sounds great, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 May 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a big Charlatans fan by any means. I tend to buy one of their albums every now and then. Really liked "Tellin' Stories" and "Up At The Lake", not too keen on "Up To Our Hips", but I keep my eye out for new stuff.

As many others did, I downloaded this free a couple of months ago not expecting much. After all, it was FREE, but I was absolutely blown away by this album; believe the hype, it really is their best ever album.

In fact, it's so good that even though I'd downloaded it, I bought it on release. Not too sure about the bonus CD though, never did like live stuff from any band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PBHCrowd Fave 17 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is the best album I have heard in some time and I can wait to see The Charlatans tour this album after hearing the live bonus tracks.

Keep up the good work lads.

Anyone who knows anything about music should buy this !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Charlatans cd ever 25 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Charlatans have made their best album yet.

Back to the glory 80-s, I hear samples of The Cure ('the more we know the less we show' is taken from Primary) and New Order's fab Brotherhood album (title track). Buy the one with the bonus album, has extra tracks, live tracks and two clips.
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