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The Charlatans
You Cross My Path
Cooking Vinyl Records
www.thecharlatans.net


I can overlook the occasional disco drumming. I can overlook the omitted reggae after building in us a need to hear it over the span of the past two records. I can even forgive the overt lack of any real "Madchester" sound, as we've all grown a bit older and maybe a bit mellower. Luckily, even forgiving all these small trespasses, I don't have to forgive anything about the new record from The Charlatans (U.K.) and they have nothing to apologize for… You Cross My Path is beautiful and filled with its very own sublime perfection and the distinctive character of Tim Burgess and Co.

From the opening slamming drums and brilliant melodies of "Oh Vanity!" the record is awash in pure Charlatans' glory. This song is catchy, relying heavily on a thundering drumbeat and catchy pop hook that bends the ear ever closer. "Bad Days" changes the groove, lays back a bit and works in some hearty soul, while mixing in a bit of the disco drumming… it's okay, really. All of that disappears on "Mis-Takes", a dark track that has a post-punk flavor that has only before been hinted at from the band. The song is sonically adventurous, falling on production to heighten the experience of the song… Think early New Order (before the beep beep) mixed with a bit of Gang Of Four and you'll have a good start at understanding the glory. Later New Order is invoked on "The Misbegotten", a track which trades all the previous Charlatans' guitar flavor for a lead high-bass guitar and tons of synthesizers… if the track didn't fall between two Charlatans' songs, I'd have thought it was [Bernard] Sumner and friends. The title track ups the energy, once more falling back into post-punk territory, and finds Burgess giving a fast-rap like he's never done before. This track showcases the ever-growing abilities of this band, and their penchant for re-inventing themselves in small bits with each album released.

The Charlatans have been one of the longest-lived bands coming out of the the early 90's Manchester movement, and have survived because of their unique adaptability and ability to force their own evolution. The band returns to explore some of their collective roots on You Cross My Path, turning an introspective and harsh eye on themselves. "My Name Is Despair" is genuinely great proof of that self-inspection, fusing the tenets begun by the post-punk bands of the late 1970s and melding them with the band's own inimitable and ever-evolving sound, creating an extraordinary album that should appeal not only to old fans, but also to anyone who truly appreciates great, timeless music.

-Embo Blake

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