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Oh no...what's happened?
on 15 August 2002
Their third "proper" album, Strange Times sees the Chameleons straying from the formulaic power-punkiness of Script... and What does it all mean? and seemingly looking for a more diverse sound. For me it doesn't work. The album sounds almost messy in parts and Mark's voice wavers like never before even sounding strained on some songs. Caution and Seriocity sound uncannily like demos and the version of Time included on the album proper doesn't hold a candle to that on the "Bonus" disc.
Of course, the hauntingly beautiful guitar sound is still there and there is an edge present in tracks like Mad Jack and the "Bonus" disc's Paradiso but did we really need the inclusion of a lame cover of John, I'm Only Dancing?
The album redeems itself in the form of the soaring and powerful Soul in Isolation but it's taken the ethereal quality of probably their best known song Swamp Thing to raise this album to three stars in my opinion, and it's worth buying for this track alone. Otherwise disappointing. You can tell they were on the verge of splitting up.