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Where's the love?
on 2 December 2008
I'm sorry, I just don't feel the same as the other people here. I too have pretty much everything they've ever made, and although I acknowledge that recent albums have not had the punchy singles of their 90s heyday, they featured interesting and mature musical directions. They sounded like a band who enjoyed making music together, indulging their passions and growing old gracefully. They also, along with Tim's solo album, had a growing theme of finding love, celebrating it and nurturing it.
This, with its more taught sound, may have re-discovered some of their earlier energy, but it takes no interpretation to discern that this album is the story of a pretty messy and bitter divorce. You only have to look at the titles - Bad Days, Mis-takes, A Day For Letting Go, The Missing Beats, My Name Is Despair, This Is The End. It's pretty depressing listen in all, and whoever inspired the lyrics is clearly in a very bad place.
This is the Charlatans without their groove, without the love, and by mimicking the sound of equally retro new indie bands, ironically starting to show their age.