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5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt their finest album, 22 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Wonderland (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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