Various - Indie Wonderland
Label: Musikexpress - none • Format: CD Compilation, Promo • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Stoner Rock, Synth-pop, Indie Rock
Seven albums in, and the Charlatans haven't so much settled into a groove as they've settled into a style. They long ago carved out a niche between classic British rock and post-Madchester British dance, and that's what made their music seem fresh for several different generations -- they represented whatever you wanted to see within their distinctly British blend.
In that sense, they are indeed proving themselves to be like the Stoneswho subtly incorporated modern trends into Various - Indie Wonderland sound, sometimes so seamlessly you didn't realize they were branching out. The Charlatans work from the same template, gradually expanding their sonic texture in terms of modern dance trends, without ever abandoning their rock base. They occasionally emphasize one side over another -- Us and Us Only played to Eddie Rabbitt - Warning Sign rock side of the fence, while Wonderland is very heavy on groove and texture, a move that's strangely emphasized by Tim Burgess ' unexpected reliance on a falsetto.
This can mean that the songs fade into the background, but that often seems like an intentional move, since it happens so frequently throughout a record where the surface remains stylish and sleek. Even so, Various - Indie Wonderland winds up as simply a good, solid Charlatans record, despite the efforts to jazz things up with a heavier dancefloor quotient. That may seem like a slight, but a solid Charlatans record still satisfies, and can't quite be taken for granted just yet.
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