Simpatico - The Charlatans UK

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 84
    Yeah, it's good: vintage rock. [#20, p.92]
  2. It's at its best on the likes of 'Blackened Blue Eyes', which... is a cousin of their classic 'One To Another.' [8 Apr 2006, p.41]
  3. 70
    This one's got a whiff of the Stones' Black And Blue about it. [May 2006, p.98]
  4. This is a groovy record from start to finish, with no major standout fantastic song and nothing that sucks.
  5. There's plenty here for old and even new fans to enjoy.
  6. Those already on the Charlatans bandwagon will likely enjoy enough of Simpatico to warrant its purchase, but there's no questioning that's its one of their weaker efforts.
  7. Mostly, the band sticks to their strengths, making music for a party that ended sometime in the 90s, with the occasional reggae inflection to differentiate it from previous albums.
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. All in all, it's a strange but refreshing and likely unintentional throwback. [Sep 2006, p.81]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 40
    The dominating reggae rhythms sound thin and dynamic moments are rare. [May 2006, p.94]
  15. Simpatico is too bland to stand. [Jun 2006, p.113]
  16. Nor does it help that they sound more like UB40 than they do the Specials.
  17. 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.
  18. Predictably, it's not among the quintet's finest hours.
  19. Spare us from the anaemic, over-produced, shiny white boy skank and shuffle that makes up the bulk of this utterly unexciting, uninspiring, and unimportant album.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 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
    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
    A beautiful album! Just Amazing!!
  3. Jo
    Jun 9, 2006
    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 »