You Cross My Path - The Charlatans UK
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  • Summary: The British band released You Cross My Path as a free download by way of the radio station XFM's Web site.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
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  1. You Cross My Path isn’t going to gain the Charlatans attention stateside. But it is going to be a real reward for their longstanding fans. [Summer 2008]
  2. The Charlatans are taking risks again without losing their identity.
  3. 80
    They've made their finest LP since 1995's "The Charlantans." [June 2008, p.112]
  4. There's a welcome freshness here. [June 2008, p.137]
  5. It's difficult to determine whether You Cross My Path is a victim of the times or its own merits; it's the sort of thing that's so competent that it's more likely to be defined by its failures than its success.
  6. 60
    It's a concept album about vengeance and contempt, and reminds that they're one of the only UK bands of their era still worth following. [June 2008, p.86]
  7. The five-piece’s attempts at New Order-style electronica (after previously aping Dylan, Stones, Britpop, then reggae on 2006’s Simpatico) add a new dimension but can’t mask the lukewarm songwriting here.

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  1. Joris
    Aug 11, 2008
    9
    After their disappointing last effort it's a fresh return to form for the pioneers of britpop. Charlatan's classic dancy shoegaze madchestersound is back. It's the '90s all over again without ever sounding outdated here... a very strong album featuring some of their catchiest and best tunes tunes to date: Mis-takes, The Misbegotten (although it has New Order written all over it) as well as epicrockers You Cross My Path and Bad Days. Only opener Oh Vanity! and My Name is Despair are a bit of a let down and keep this cd from being perfect. Anyway, this one's almost up there with Us and Only Us, Wonderland and Between 10th and 11th! A shame they don't get any airplay anymore cause this one is very highly recommended. Expand
  2. archisecte
    Aug 3, 2008
    9
    Once a big fan of the band and amazed to learn that they were still kicking around after 18 years, I decided to give "You Cross My Path" a listen. I was surprisingly delighted by what I heard. Unlike several of their Baggy/Shoegazer/Brit Pop contemporaries who have either fell off the face of the planet or have lost their edge with middle-age, releasing unremarkable records that only the die hard fans still buy, "You Cross Your Path" proves that the Charlies are still relevant in 2008. The sound is characteristically Charlatans, Hammond organ and all, but gone are the endless 70s jams that muddied some of their mid-nineties work. In their place is absolutely addictive pop/rock melody track after track. Tim Burgess's vocal has gained an edge on outings like "Acid in the Tea" and the title track without losing that boy next door quality that we indie kids of the early nineties swooned over. The live bonus tracks are fairly straightforward renditions but reveal an energy reminiscent of those vital early nineties gigs. Expand
  3. CharlieQ.
    Jul 17, 2008
    8
    Surprisingly strong, fresh-sounding, aggressive and melodic Brit-pop with an edge. One of the best albums of their career.