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The Charlatans dark, brooding masterpiece
on 3 October 2012
I'm a slight Charlatans obsessive and own every single, album, plus most re-mixes, promos etc. I still struggle to this day with the album's predecesor the unfocussed, poorly produced Between 10th and 11th, but Up to Our Hips for me was The Charlatans finding their sound and their Masterpiece. 10 track albums leave no room for filler and Up to Our Hips is still the only Charlatans album I own which doesn't have me reaching to skip a single tack.
Recorded during one of many difficult times for the band, this time whilst original keyboard player Rob Collins was serving time for his role in an armed robbery. This is reflected in the darker, more somber mood of the album. There are several lyrical references from Tim Burgess such as "shoot it up lets go for a ride" "I wanna patrol the innocent mind" and closing track "inside looking out"
The album isn't without it's lighter indie pop moments in the brilliant singles "Can't Get Out of Bed" and "Jesus Hairdo" but but what makes the album great is the darker, bass heavy tacks such as the "Patrol" "Up to Our Hips" and proggy instrumental "Feel flows". From start to finish up to our hips is an album which has to be listened to as a whole and even 16 years on since I purchased it, still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge.