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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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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0015LMNL2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,968 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 By Mr. J. Maccallum-stewart on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tonto on 23 May 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Death Magnetic on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PBHCrowdFave on 17 May 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alexvanp on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Farnsbarn on 4 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Actaully, this is the second review I've written for this album, Amazon chose to ignore the first, so here goes.

Firstly, this is a knock-out album that stand out on its own merits, and really sounds like something they enjoyed making. I've tried to pick out some standout tracks and came up with Oh! Vanity, BIRD and A Day For Letting Go. Umm...and You Cross My Path and Missing Beats. Actually the only track I don't like is 'My Name Is Despair', which doesn't seem to fit as it's down-tempo and negative. Cheer up boys - your makeup is running.

Anyway, great album, lots of soaring organ work (I'm a sucker for a Leslie'd up Hammond) great vocals from Tim Burgess and a very together sound.

My next point is that this whole album is (was?) available as a free download from XFM. Having not bought the last 2 Charlatan albums after being very disappointed by 'Down at the Lake' I downloaded YCMP - what the hell, it's free - and was so glad I did. I love it. Now, seeing as I have it for free on my PC, why buy it? Well, there are several good reasons:

1. the CD is a double with live tracks that weren't on the download,
2. compressed mp3's just don't sound as good as CD's, and don't forget that CD's themselves are compressed (this is known as "cascaded compression") so if you're listening on a PC or boombox you might not notice, but on a Linn outfit you will, and
3.the killer - this music is worth £10 and unless you want to listen to manufactured pop-idol pap for the rest of your life, you need to support these bands financially. And if you just can't, well, enjoy!

So, an interesting move from the Charlatans and Cooking Vinyl. Good to see something different from a well known band whilst the music business, with the stark choice between change or destruction, seems hell-bent on choosing destruction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ceezo on 23 May 2008
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I've followed The Charlies since the good old days of Madchester. Their hammond sound made them stand out from the crowd and although over the years the sound has taken a few strange paths (notibly the falsetto and regge years) it still can produce goosebumps. This album is a band back to the top of their game. Not since their 3rd self titled album have I listened to an album repeatedly for weeks. If you get a chance to see them tour this album or at the summer festivals, go see them - I promise you will not be disappointed. Whether you have downloaded this for free or bought the album you have made the right choice. The Charlatans have survived some of the greatest bands this country has produced over the past 20 or so years and on this form will outlive even more over the next 20.
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