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
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