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Moments of brilliance and mediocrity
on 24 May 2004
I was really looking forward to this album. A life long Charlies fan, each album they produce is eagerly awaited. During the first 5 tracks of the album, I was wondering whether I had the wrong CD in the player. Where's all the Hammond gone???
The album seems to be more cohesive during and after track 6. The tracks are catchier, and seem more carefully crafted. High points are "High Up Your Tree" and "Dead Love".
I even thought I heard some Status Quo and Beach Boys references throughout the CD. This is not good!!! I'll say again, WHERE'S THE HAMMOND???? Bands usually define their "sound", and that sound becomes their signature. The Charlatans seem to be trying to disguise their signature sound, (the Hammond), and are therefore watering down their appeal. Perhaps they are trying to broaden their fan base. The States maybe?
Final thought, slightly disappointed.