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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B0001XLWB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Up at the Lake sees the Charlatans returning to the classic songwriting of Tellin' Stories. With upbeat Hammond-soaked tracks such as "Try Again Today", beautiful ballads such as "Dead Love" and emotive, stirring lead vocals from keyboardist Tony Rogers on "Loving You is Easy", this is an album borne of a band that have stood the test of time and proven their worth.

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The Charlatans have a habit of producing critically acclaimed albums of solid songs with effortless regularity and Up At the Lake is no exception to this fine British tradition. It's clear that they've been thinking hard about their position in the British music scene: "am I young enough?" Collins implores on "Feel the Pressure"--should they really still be doing this? The answer is an emphatic yes when they're still writing songs of this quality. "High Up Your Tree" with its classic Beatles harmonies, effortless melody and enough space to breath is a standout--not just of this album but of their careers.

Up At the Lake is far from perfect though--both the title track and "Bonafide Treasure" are pedestrian, dad-rock Ocean Colour Scene drop-offs that sounded dreary at the height of Britpop, and the second half of the album ("I'll Sing a Hymn" and "Try and Try Again" in particular) is far better than the first. It's this lumpy consistency that ultimately lets them down, but this is a laudable effort from a band on a decade-long roll. --Ben Johncock

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I saw the Charlatans preview show for this album last night, and it is an absolute blinder!
The opening tracks of "Up at the Lake" and "Feel the Pressure" herald a stomping return to the rocky side of the Charlie vibe, with Tim dropping the falsetto of Wonderland. There's a couple of slow ones which build superbly in true Charlatans style on the rest of side 1, and then it's on to the masterpiece that is "Loving You is Easy", with Tony Rogers (keyboards) on lead vocals, and Tim backing. Sounds weird, I know, but it's sure to become a live favourite, and if you've not experienced them live yet, you haven't lived!
Apples and Oranges is also a stand out track, so called as it needed to have an English type title apparently! The final number "Dead Love" is a fab guitar and keyboard led ballad which closes the album beautifully.
From beginning to end, this is sure to please any fan, new or old. I loved Wonderland, but the vibe has returned bigger, better and rockier than last time!
Buy it now... it's going to be hard to beat as the album of 2004.
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I've always liked the Charlatans - from the falsetto of Tim's voice in Wonderland to the hammond organ in Between the 10th & 11th & Some Friendly, I always thought of them as a quality groups. However, I was surprised at just how good Up At The Lake Was. Catchy, well crafted, fresh and summery, this is one CD you want playing as you laze around in the sun this summer. My personal faves are Up At The Lake, Try Again & Hymn For You, although I don't think there are any weak tracks on the whole album ( a first for any band - including The Charlatans) Well done boys, a definate career high!
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I had the great pleasure of attending the charlatans albumn preview show in islington on 4th May 2004. In my opinion this band deserve to be at the very top of the British music tree. Their show was absolutely awesome. My fave tracks for all out bounce around rock and roll were, Apples and Oranges, Up at the Lake and Bonafide Treasure. The whole albumn is an absolute pleasure though with some blindingly good slower numbers. The Charlatans certainly knows how to write a love song and Dead Love and I'll Sing a Hymm are among two of their best. The albumn as a whole feels very British and i'm sure in a few years time it'll be talked about like how classic rolling stones and david bowie albumns are talked about now. An essential summer purchase.
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Every morning I wake up with a different track from this album whirling round and round and round in my head.
Please help as it is now affecting my performance at work and also an ability to sleep!!!
Top stuff!!
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The Charlatans are a phenomenally hardy band. Through countless set-backs, personal and business tragedies, they keep pulling stunning records like this out of the bag.
This records shows Wonderland to be a slight departure from the norm by returning to less falsetto vocals and more regular non-loop driven beats.
There are some truly beautiful tracks including Cry Yourself To Sleep and Loving You Is Easy. The latter, unique in that lead vocals are provided by Tony Rogers, is an exquisite two-sided love song lyrically in the vein of the Beatles' We Can Work It Out.
Other highlights include the single Up At The Lake, High Up Your Tree, and the 'rag bag' Apples and Oranges.
This record is a great achievement, and will disappoint only the shabbiest eared listeners. And as proved by the triumphant gig at the Carling Academy in Islington, these songs transfer flawlessly into massive hits when played live.
Buy this album, for pity's sake!
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A classic from a classic. Elements of the whole history of the band combine to produce a masterclass in how to pluck every music/emotional string. A brilliant example of how a band is so much more than the sum of it's parts.
Some tracks make me feel a little to long-in-the-tooth with some of the licks reminding me of 10th and 11th, 1992 seems so very long-ago...
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2016
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Although I wouldn't class The Charlatans' eighth record 'Up At The Lake' as being up there with the very best of this Manchester formed band's studio albums, it does have a lot of high points. It was probably the greatest thing that these guys had done as a whole since 1997's 'Tellin' Stories', or at least, it's the one which sounds the closest to it.

Here you'll find some good, well-crafted story-telling songs, including two hit singles, the rocking title track, and the optimistic Beatles-like 'Try Again Today', the latter providing a real highlight. Also particularly good are the funky 'Feel the Pressure', the emotional, Eagles-isque love song 'Loving You is Easy', which carries the unusual occasion of keyboard player Tony Rogers on lead vocals instead of Tim Burgess, and the closer 'Dead Love'. I found this to be a rare example of a record which actually improves halfway through, as good as the early tracks, two of which ('Up At The Lake' and 'Feel The Pressure') I've highlighted, are.

'Up At The Lake' is ultimately, a typical feel-good indie-rock album filled with catchy songs and irresistible melodies too sing-along to in the Summer. If you don't like all of it at first, and I admit that I wasn't particularly overwhelmed on this 2004 affair upon my first listen, chances are that it will grow on you eventually, so keep on spinning it.
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