Simpatico

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Uncut
    60
    Talk of Simpatico as the band's Sandinista! is, in truth, wide of the mark. It's better seen as a footpath linking the claustrophobia of their early work with the Black Country funk of Wonderland, while hinting at a way forward. [May 2006, p.124]
  2. Under The Radar
    60
    All in all, an enthusiastic effort, but... one wishes the band had embraced the trippy mindfuck of dub at its best, rather than the simple lockstep 4/4 on display here. [#13, p.84]
  3. Simpatico... is the Charlatans' version of the Stones' Emotional Rescue: it's a groove-centric rock album, heavy on disco and reggae rhythms, where the overall vibe is more important than the individual songs.
  4. Paste Magazine
    60
    All in all, it's a strange but refreshing and likely unintentional throwback. [Sep 2006, p.81]
  5. Far too many tracks here opt for atmosphere over impact: In particular, the interchangeable dubwise ballads-- "City of the Dead", "Road to Paradise", and "The Architect"-- veer perilously into a Club Med cocktail-hour circa 1984.
  6. While going reggae was always going to be risky, it's the severe lack of conviction - whether in Burgess's mumblings or songs general vagueness - that's the biggest problem.
  7. They haven't completely taken their eye off what made the Charlatans so successful in the first place, but the new sound is none too convincing.
  8. Predictably, it's not among the quintet's finest hours.
  9. Nor does it help that they sound more like UB40 than they do the Specials.
  10. Urb
    40
    The dominating reggae rhythms sound thin and dynamic moments are rare. [May 2006, p.94]
  11. Q Magazine
    40
    Simpatico is too bland to stand. [Jun 2006, p.113]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. doooogies
    Aug 4, 2006
    2
    I am a massive Charlies fan. I have every LP and single since year dot. Simpatico is watery pablum. Must try harder boys.
  2. reym
    Jun 21, 2006
    9
    A beautiful album! Just Amazing!!
  3. Jo
    Jun 9, 2006
    8
    Ha finally another new release from one of my all time favourite bands... I agree completely with Bert E. Although there are still great Ha finally another new release from one of my all time favourite bands... I agree completely with Bert E. Although there are still great Charlatans- tunes here like Muddy Ground, Blackened Blue Eyes and When The lights go out in London, it doesn't live up to Up at The Lake or Wondrland, a bit dissapointing though they deserve indeed respect for discovering new grounds... Full Review »