our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
Years Go On
naldrett - uk correspondent
of embezzlement by their accountant, and band members living all
over the world, one-time Indie Kings, The Charlatans, are back.
And, for about five minutes, Wonderland promises to live
up to its name and be really cracking album.
After a really
mediocre start, there is a precise change of mood with the excellent
instrumental "The Bell And The Butterfly," a lengthy
groove-fest which is sincere welcome break. The pledge of better
things continues into the pleasing ballad "And If I Fall,"
but the problem is that the next five tracks are rather like the
first five-repetitive and lacking inspiration.
are the classic example of the 90s indie band that rose to fame
on the back of the new wave of Manchester Music, even though they
are actually from Norwich. Their first single, "The Only
One I Know," was clearly their best and its been down
hill from there, nothing they have released has lived up to that
singing falsetto for much of the time, Tim Burgess sounds like
a hyper Beck on "Youre So Pretty-Were So Pretty,"
and even manages to turn the chorus of new single "Love Is
The Key" into a U2-style parade. While these and others like
"Right On" and "Love To You" on this album
arent going to be placed in my Room 101 because they dont
plummet to unimaginable musical depths, they are also stunted
and a long way from being spectacular tracks, much less deserving
the wave of critical praise that has been poured on them by other
album, and coming on the back of summer of headlining festivals,
I didnt expect anything outstanding from The Charlatans,
a band clearly belonging to a different time and at its most relevant
when compiling a list of early 90s influences. Some critical excitement
has clearly been generated with Wonderland, but much of
it has made too much of a mediocre album that has been released
at a time when there is general lull in new material to watch
liked Us and Us Only...
You're So Pretty - We're So Pretty
3. Love is the Key
4. A Man Needs to Be Told
5. I Just Can't Get Over Losing You
6. The Bell and the Butterfly
7. And If I Fall
8. Wake Up
9. Is It In You?
10. Ballad of the Band
11. Right On
12. Love To You