Wonderland - The Charlatans UK
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  • Summary: The "Madchester" scene is long over, but the Charlatans [U.K.] are still making music, following 1999's well-reviewed 'Us And Us Only' with this, their seventh album, which sees the band take a more playful, soulful approach.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Wonderland is a modern pop classic that combines all the best things about this band, spikes the mix with ace tunes, and keeps the concoction coming.
  2. Wonderland is the sound of a band embracing and then discarding its past in order to forge ahead into a new tomorrow.... Undoubtedly one of the group's finest recorded moments.
  3. The band’s finest release by far, it’s a swaggering, head-long dive into funk, rhythm and blues, gospel, roots rock and roll, and disco but with a very sleek modern edge.
  4. 80
    A transformation beyond all recognition. [Sep 2001, p.114]
  5. They've managed to produce a seventh album that's the equal of their baggy debut.
  6. While the result is hit-or-miss, the Charlatans manage to hit much more than they miss.
  7. The few moments on Wonderland that make sense in the context of the band's history are overshadowed by a musical reach that exceeds its grasp.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. ME
    Sep 9, 2001
    10
    Their best yet! Brilliant stuff.
  2. Millard.
    Jul 29, 2002
    10
    The Charlatans find new focus and execute brilliantly on this album.
  3. jussyjoe
    Dec 2, 2001
    9
    'kin brilliant ,the guy who called it a mess needs his ears checked.
  4. TranchecosteGregory
    Oct 20, 2001
    8
    So great,so sexy,so black...
  5. AlejandroB.
    Oct 31, 2001
    8
    Great improvement