There was a time when The Charlatans were counted among my favorite bands. I was mad fer Madchester and wasn’t ashamed to admit it. I even stuck by them after the tragic loss of keyboardist Rob Collins forced them to drop the psychedelia and delve into britpop.
It’s not a bad record by any means, it just sounds like a band who are out of touch and out of ideas.
Beginning with 2001’s electro-soul excursion, Wonderland, The Charlatans have been stylistically all over the map. That album actually worked, but since then they’ve churned out a succession of disappointments. Who We Touch is a “back to basics” album, but even so it can’t recapture what made The Charlatans great. Lead single “Love Is Ending” is the closest they come to sounding like themselves:
Makes me long for the days of Hammond organ solos…