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5.0 out of 5 stars The Charlatans come of age, again...
If you've only heard of 'The Only One I Know', you're missing a lot. Since the heady days of the late 1980's, The Charlatans have emerged as one of the most soulful British Bands of the last decade. Having seen them at Knebworth blow Oasis and The Manic Street Preachers off the stage with their sheer passion, I've been hooked ever since. While their last 2 albums,...
Published on 2 Nov 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, but not their best
Unlikely to win any new fans with this album. It's fairly typical Charlatans, but their weakest album for some time. No real stand-out tracks, although the Charlatans never fall below a certain standard so this is still a good album, if a little uninspiring.
Published on 12 Dec 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Charlatans come of age, again..., 2 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Us And Us Only (Audio CD)
If you've only heard of 'The Only One I Know', you're missing a lot. Since the heady days of the late 1980's, The Charlatans have emerged as one of the most soulful British Bands of the last decade. Having seen them at Knebworth blow Oasis and The Manic Street Preachers off the stage with their sheer passion, I've been hooked ever since. While their last 2 albums, 'The Charlatans' and 'Tellin' Stories' demonstrated the Band's committment to emulating the classic sounds of Dylan and the Stones + their special blend of soul, 'Us ans Us Only' is better still. 'Forever' spent 2 weeks in the singles chart, but still managed to be a beacon of true R&R in an ocean of mediocrity; 'Impossible' and 'A House Is Not A Home' are gentle, Dylan-inspired masterpieces, with Tony Rogers proving to be a worthy member of the band on the organ. This is one of those albums you buy once in a while and enjoy all the way through - this is a rare thing, and should be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfair press, 23 July 2002
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...I bought a load of other Charlatans CD's based on this and none were as good. It is perhaps different from the others - derivative maybe - but an album that works as one entity, no song is out of place, good lyrics, excellent instrumentation, good vocals. It's varied yet consistent - and towards the end does anything but drift off - it gets better and better. A heartfelt emotional album full of great tunes.
As far as I'm concerned it's not derivative at all - just a fantastic unique album which I've been coming back to again and again for nearly 2 years now.
Would be in the shortlist for my all time top 10 along with the likes of Astral Weeks and Ziggy Stardust.
Don't let accusations of it being derivative make you miss out on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pop side of baggy, 2 Nov 1999
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After hearing 'A house is not not a home' from this album, I decided to take the plunge and buy this CD. My first for a year. Well worth it. Full of cracking tunes and weird workouts (The Tracks Good Witch / Bad witch parts 1 & 2 stand out, wierd!!) The whole album reminds you of the Stones or the Faces at there most Hammond Organ, poptastic best.
Downside? I paid £13 for it. Its only a tenner with Amazon!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 29 May 2000
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What is it about the Charlatans ? Everybody loved 'The Only One I Know' or 'How High', yet nobody would dream of buying a t-shirt with their name on. So come the arrival of this, their sixth studio album, we were expecting the usual collection of catchy, but not all too dissimilar Stones, Dylan, and Byrds-influenced tunes. Well well. To say that there are none of those influences present here would be a lie (see the brilliant 'Impossible' for a passing resemblence to 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright'), but this time Tim and the boys have done it their way, and does it show. Guitarist Mark Collins comes of age with the funkiest riff of the 90's on 'Blind Stagger', and the lads Blunt (bass) and Brookes (drums) take centre stage for the monster that is 'Forever'. Throw in a bit of the strangely excellent, and somewhat eery 'Good Witch Bad Witch', and the boys have managed to get themselves a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer class, 17 Jun 2001
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rmc@nme.com (Carlisle, Cumbria) - See all my reviews
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Definitely the bands best work. They get better with each album. There isn't a bad song on this CD at all. They are no longer simply a singles band. They are now one of the best bands in the country. It's a slight change from their old sound. The majority of the songs are slow but brilliant. Forever is breathtakingly good. It is a collection of their old sounds. Most of the rest are Dylan influenced ballads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slow crawl, but it got there., 7 Jan 2004
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robotfish "robotfish" (London) - See all my reviews
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A very select few albums can ever grace your own top 5. Well, 5 can, and about 100 keep trying to muscle their way in. Four or so years after its release I can say that this one has finally made it.
This just the best album the Charlatans have made or are likely to make. The songs are soulful & yearning. They have great hooks. The playing is exquisite. It'll remind you of the Stones, perhaps of Dylan, but more than that it'll make you love this band.
So it joins REMs Automatic For The People, The Stone Roses debut, Elvis Costello's King Of America and Radiohead's OK Computer. The top 5 says goodbye to Doolittle by The Pixies. Shame. Damn fine album that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 'Album' in the last 15 years, 13 Aug 2011
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R. TAPHOUSE "Taphouser" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Still my finest album, but seriously can anyone tell me of a more complete and deserving album in the last 15 years of Alternative/Brit rock & roll - or however you wish to describe it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album.........EVER!!, 27 Aug 2006
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Jamie Heath "Spanish Dog" (Dorsetshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I just cannot get enough of this album and even today, I play it alongside new albums even by other artists and it fits in and still grabs me emotionally. The songs grab my nerve cord in my spinal column and brings me out in goose bumps!! Each and every song is played and sung with such feeling, it is just superb.

I refuse to believe that there is somebody out there who has listened to this album that cant pick at least one song they like even if not a fan.

My favorite song on the album has got to be "Senses". The long harmonica intro, with the strong vocals, I can feel the hairs on my nape standing to attention just thinking about it. Thats a very close win against "The Blind Stagger".

It aught to be an offence to not own this album......Go and buy it......NOW!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The comeback kids deliver us from Britpop, 5 Aug 2000
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This 11-track album is a must-listen for anyone with two ears. Stop what you're doing immediately and buy this album.
The superbly structured 'Forever' opens the sonic proceedings marvellously and the Bob Dylan-esque 'Impossible' makes brilliant use of that rare weapon - the mouth organ. The lead singer, Tim Burgess, sings with passion, confidence and great skill - probably best demonstrated in 'Senses' as the instruments build to a crescendo and he screams the opening line: 'you're my sweet black angel, laughing on my shoulder!'
The Charlatans's have shaken off the shackles of Britpop and filled the rock and roll vacuum its extinction created - superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Performance from a Quality Band, 2 Feb 2000
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The title says it all, 'Us and Us Only' is exactly what it is. The band built their own studio, produced, wrote and engineered their own music. The quality of the album is as ever outstanding. The songs may be more obscure than their last album, but this only adds to their unique quality. Unlike, other so called indie bands such as Travis, Stereophonics and Manics, The Charlatans have created music for the masses without selling themselves out to pop. The singles stand out clearly, and although overlooked by many, this has to be their best album to date. The news is that they are already writing their next album, and i can sense good times are a coming for these guys...
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