Up At The Lake - The Charlatans UK
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  • Summary: The British band's eighth album sees Tim Burgess abandoning the falsetto he used on 2001's departure 'Wonderland' as the group returns to the more rock-oriented style of 'Tellin' Stories.'
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  1. Sensibly, Burgess has abandoned the curious falsetto of 2001's Wonderland in favour of his trademark (or Ian Brown's trademark) nasal whine, while the band have responded with some of their finest rollicking grooves.
  2. There's such a huge feelgood swagger it's impossible not to be swept along in its wake. [Jun 2004, p.96]
  3. The band's most organic and least groove-centric release, as well as their warmest and... most affecting. [#7]
  4. "Up At The Lake" may not be The Charlatans' finest effort, but it’s certainly good enough to suggest they could still be around for another 14 years.
  5. 60
    There's still much to link the group to their musical past. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  6. 60
    A curate's egg of tested pop styles.... Though hardly the album-length E-rush of career peak Tellin' Stories, this approach still offers small gems. [Jul 2004, p.101]
  7. ‘Up At The Lake’ lifts the best bits from pop’s past and melds them into a largely agreeable, but ultimately underwhelming, classic rock album.

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  1. BrentC
    Jun 2, 2004
    10
    The Charlatans are an amazing band. It's sad that not alot more people are hearing their genius.
  2. LukeM
    Dec 16, 2004
    9
    The Charlatans are always on good form and this album is no acception. Its a shame not more people no about or listen to their stuff cos its The Charlatans are always on good form and this album is no acception. Its a shame not more people no about or listen to their stuff cos its all good. I saw them live last night and the new songs fit perfectly with their old hits. A very good album! Expand
  3. GilesR
    Sep 9, 2004
    8
    For a Charlatans fan, the rating could go up to a 10, for the non belivers it could go down to a 6. It's an odd album, there are so many For a Charlatans fan, the rating could go up to a 10, for the non belivers it could go down to a 6. It's an odd album, there are so many styles and vocal ranges that are incorporated into 'Up at the lake' it leaves you bemused but satisfied at the same time. There is some of best material released by the Charlatans on this, but also some very underwhelming songs. Skip to the good tracks and it's a corker! Expand
  4. EvertonC
    Dec 24, 2004
    8
    A good comeback after the understated "Wonderland". Slightly back to their Stonesy roots, with some new Beatles and Beach Boys influences, A good comeback after the understated "Wonderland". Slightly back to their Stonesy roots, with some new Beatles and Beach Boys influences, the Charlies have made a great effort, not so great as "Us and Us Only", but next to that level. Expand
  5. MagnusH
    Jun 21, 2004
    7
    The Charlatans is and will always be a great band. But "Up at the Lake" has a little too much of "Tellin Stories" (their worst album by far) The Charlatans is and will always be a great band. But "Up at the Lake" has a little too much of "Tellin Stories" (their worst album by far) in it to be another masterpiece. Still a good record though. Expand