Poor Jason gets forced out of his comfort zone
Publisher: Shock Records
Sat, 5 August 2006
I'll start off by saying i'm probably not the best person to be reviewing music CDs.I rarely listen to the radio, I've got my favorite music and I stick with it. As you would imagine, my first point of call (as well as listening to the CD, of course) was the good old interweb, which provided me with some background information on the band, at least. The following is an excerpt from a March 2006 Press Release located on the Charlatans website: www.thecharlatans.net
"Two seconds into 'Blackened Blue Eyes', when Mark Collins' guitar punctuates the super groove of Tony Roger's piano, one thing is clear -- The Charlatans are a vital force. And then Tim Burgess's vocals come in, with a melody that's so beguiling it almost disguises the disturbing intensity at the heart of the song. It's great to have the band back with a record, 'Simpatico' that finds them better and fresher than ever, and ready to take on the world again. It's a record, in short which sees every member of The Charlatans step up to the plate and give it everything."
The press release then goes on to give a bit of history on the band, how they started/formed in 1989 and overcame the setbacks of their keyboard player being jailed, then later being killed in a car accident during recording of an album. But back to the point; does the album live up to the hype? Well, read on.
It's probably best to describe this album as radio friendly, with out being nauseatingly poppy. Some of the songs almost have a reggae feel to them, others a jangly almost chime like sound that is unmistakably English which leads me to believe that these guys could probably make an album of washing machine noises listenable. They are also not what you would call a limited band with either the keyboardist or guitarist easily stepping up and driving the songs.
1. Blackened Blue Eyes
2. NYC (There's No Need To Stop
3. For your Entertainment
4. Dead Mans Eye
5. Muddy Ground
6. City Of The Dead
7. Road To Paradise
8. When The Lights Go Out In London
9. The Architect
10. Glory Glory
11. Sunset & Vine
On the whole, a very funky albums with real groove. Personal favorites include tracks 5 and 8 (written with the London bombings in mind) it's clear (even to a dimwit like me) these guys know exactly what they are doing. The album is certainly something different for me and while I don't hate it i'm not going to be turning music shops inside out for The Charlatans back catalog. If you've been a Charlatans fan for years then you've probably been waiting for this for a while or if you seek something fresh in your musical diet then by all means give it a listen.
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*Sammy's note: Jason didn't give me a score, so I just whacked an 8 on here. * Not my cup of tea; but then, I'm a tone deaf metal head, what the f**k would I know?