Simpatico - The Charlatans UK
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  • Summary: The veteran British rockers take a detour into reggae on their latest release.
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. There's plenty here for old and even new fans to enjoy.
  3. 70
    This one's got a whiff of the Stones' Black And Blue about it. [May 2006, p.98]
  4. 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.
  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. 40
    The dominating reggae rhythms sound thin and dynamic moments are rare. [May 2006, p.94]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MeandMe
    May 19, 2006
    10
    Critics are complety wrong, when I viewed the score I couldn't believe it... this album is just fantastic, amazing and awesone... the Charlatans are another stuff, much better than almost of the shit that are up in the list, listen it!!! Expand
  2. reym
    Jun 21, 2006
    9
    A beautiful album! Just Amazing!!
  3. RabR
    May 4, 2006
    8
    A good album which gets better with every listen. The Charlatans have to be the most underated band in Britain by far as they never seem get the recognition which they deserve despite having great albums. Expand
  4. 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 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... Collapse
  5. BertE
    May 11, 2006
    7
    You have to respect the Charlatans for continuing to explore new sounds, but the album doesn't play to their strengths enough. Still it is well crafted and an enjoyable listen, though it will not rank among their best. Expand
  6. 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.