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Tellin’ Stories

The Charlatans

1997

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Tellin’ Stories

Rating

2.96

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5

I don't know why, but this album actually struck me quite well. Beginning at a high acceleration, the songs sort of lose energy, but in a way that feels almost cathartic. The best way I can express it is the feeling at the tail end of a party, where there is almost too much going on, so then you leave with a van full of people and begin dropping them off, and by the end of the ride it is just you and one other person talking about life together. Really nice.

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This is some really good Brit-pop -> in an alternate universe most of these tracks would replace the same timeless status as Oasis' big hits. This is a better band with better songwriting (melodies, dynamics, whocaresaboutlyrics :).....) - the single "One To Another" was immediately recognizable and got some radio play way back in the day - deservedly so. Even though this may not be anything super-complex or groundbreaking, this is a great melodic guitar album that is easy-entry and eminently catchy with fantastic songs. And I was going to give it a solid 3 but as I've found myself listening to it on repeat and am already on my 4th listen - this is a 4 star keeper for me. 7/10 4 stars (One small nitpick is that I'd love to hear a remix; this sounds a little ... cloudy... for my liking.)

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5

Well this was funny as i just finished his book, named the same as this album. While this album is not my favourite Charlatans album - thats probably the debut Some Friendly or the follow up Between 10th and 11th - its still a great album and i cannot give it anything but a 5. The book? You should read it! Some great anecdotes in there. And yeah, Tim Burgess has great music taste and there's a lot of name dropping in there.

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4

Some blasts from the past fleshed out with some decent tracks I'd never heard. I wish I was more into this stuff first time round.

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4

Some solid 90s era Britpop/alternative tunes. A tad on the generic side but overall quality album. Favorite Track: Area 51 Relisten: Yes

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Blah blah blah, drone drone drone.

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More gerneric British alt rock. 4/10.

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4

Britpop hangover. Best Tracks: North Country Boy, One To Another, How Can You Leave Us

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I try so hard to love the Charlatans as they are everything I want in a band but then again they just aren't. With the exception of a couple of early singles I have always found the band excel at being average. I wouldn't go as far as calling the also rans as they have etched out a reasonably successful and long career, they have just never burnt as bright as some of the contemporaries. So that brings me to this album Tellin' Stories, it came out at a time where Brit Pop was on the wane, big beat had stared to take over, Blur had reinvented themselves etc. Nothing on this albllum is exciting or new. Even 25 years on it feels like a lesser version of other bands. And Tim Burgess, his vocals start to grate by the time the album finally ends. For reasons, I can't even remember, North Country Boy is one of my least favourite songs of the era. I cringe when I hear it. Anyway, not a bad ablum but maybe not that essential either.

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This sounds like a cheerier version of Oasis. This just feels like another random British band that made it because they were relatively popular when the original list was made. I've still only gotten 1 jazz album on this list, but there seems to be an endless supply of late 90s to early 00s British rock bands that I have to slog through to get to good albums. 2/5

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Britpop delontón donde no hay que destacar nada. Suenan como unos Oasis descafeinados. Interesante cuando copian a Dylan, debieran haber tirado por ahí mejor. De fondo.

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There's some proper Gallagher pronunciation here innit. What a mess.

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“Tellin’ Stories” by The Charlatans (1997) Here we have more eye-rolling British pop from the last millennium. With super safe lyrics that studiously avoid controversy or offense, these Charlatans give us words around which to wrap music. Sometimes it’s an ill fit. It’s as if they really don’t have anything to say, but they want to say it with style. Tunes are composed with pleasant enough melodies, and the chord structures sometimes go beyond the ordinary, but without a mood to match. It seems random. Even the jazzy experimental compositions “Area 51” and “Rob’s Theme” fall flat. And the Dylanesque “Get On It” is thirty years too late. Are these guys coasting on previous success? The unrelated collection of songs on this album are conventional enough to guarantee popular airplay. They’ve got the fundamentals down. And it’s well produced, but with little dynamic variation. The biggest weakness here is lack of groove or dominant riffs—nothing to grab the listener. Hoping for something special, one comes to the fadeout of the last track asking, “Is that it?” 2/5

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This one feels especially inessential. I suppose the one thing in its favour is, were you to ask me to simply imagine a rock album from 1997, the resulting mental composite would sound a lot like 'Tellin' Stories' by the Charlatans. 'One To Another' has a bit of a sting in the tail; 'How High' ain't too bad; and I quite enjoyed the quirky instrumental 'Area 51'. Everything else just sounds safe, conservative, uninspired and boring.

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I'm sorry the fothermucker died, condolences to the family, etc, but I still don't like Britpop.

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bland, boring, and dull

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This is by far the most by-the-numbers record we've listened to from this list. It's insufferably generic with some of the most vanilla guitar tones I've heard on a record. This wave of British rock that made purposefully boring Stones rock is entirely skip-able. It's amazing that this band was around before Oasis, but saw their success with Brit pop and decided to throw their hat in the ring after being overshadowed by the Stone Roses in the early 90s. Just give up if this is all you got. They waited until the outro track "Rob's Theme" to give us an interesting track on this album. Sheeeeeesh Wtf kinda drugs were these folks taking in the 90s anyways? Boring pills? Snooooooze.

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5

Love this

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Interesting

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5

Loved it! Great songwriting and overall vibe. Favorite track is number 10: Get it on. Can’t wait to play this one on high rotation.

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5

Feels like I'm 15 again, loved this album then and listened the hell out of it, so it's great to hear again. Loads of musical layers, brilliant lyrics, it's a big noise. What a band.

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5

So much drive in this album quite rocky in parts

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5

Great band. Great album. 💚 The Charlatans

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5

kinda decent sound but not an enjoyable album by any means

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5

very cool

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4

Glad I didn’t skip this one.

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4

Pues sí me gustó. Suena muy a muchas cosas de las que sobaban en ese entonces en eso lares, pero tienen su marca personal. Escucharlo es como meterte en Lock Stock and Two smoking barrels.

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4

Sounds like we’ll executed mid-90s Britpop.

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4

Solid, enjoyable Britpop album.

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4

I liked this, but it wasn’t particularly memorable.

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Buen pop noventero

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4

Good stuff

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Kinda emo

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4

Ganz nett! Der Hit "the only one I know" ist leider nicht dabei. Oasis lässt grüßen. Macht Lust auf Indiefilme aus UK mit Musikboys in Skinnyjeans.

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Seems very good. Definitely worth another listen.

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on dirait un coming of age movie des 2000's de la campagne écossaise. DERRY GIRLS enjoyable oooh nice guitar solo tbh idk if i see myself returning back to it ok one to another is a bop how can you leave us also great how high = <3 so far, it's a 4. un peu funky les solos get on it est très bien ça me semblait ne pas casser trois pâtes à un canard au début mais la fin de l'album est vraiment bien quant à la voix du mec, pas transcendante mais délivre bien les lignes ok c'est quoi cet amour des 90's pour les interludes vous êtes pas Bach, alors on se calme. ouais les 2 interludes sont sympas mais je ne les écouterai pas de moi-même one of them looks like he's got a frog in his mouth yeah a 4. = 80/100 great qualities, not exactly always my style

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i really like the sound

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4

Pretty good! Favourite tracks were With No Shoes and Tellin' Stories.

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4

It's fine. Solid 90s alt rock. It doesn't seem that anything about this album is super special.

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4

One of these stars is due to nostalgia. I like the Charlatans but they don't exactly excite me.

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Sounds like Oasis or maybe Oasis sounds like them. Good sound anyways.

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Liked the bass line (piano / keyboard) of One to Another a lot. Liked 'Get On It' quite a bit too, great buildup. Didn't love the vocals

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4

A fun listen. If not for these guys, there's no MGMT, Kasabian....

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So wait...is this Oasis? No? This is not Oasis? This is Oasis, right? Ok, with that out of the way, it's actually really good. I love the guitar riffs. These are really great pop/rock songs. I mean if it was Oasis...and I'm still not sure it's not...this would be one of the good Oasis records.

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Anche in questo caso è la prima volta che sento i The Charlatans. Questo disco è stato un ascolto davvero divertente! Nonostante fossi distratto mi sono fermato più volte a sentire o a guardare quale pezzo fosse. In questo gruppo si sente la parte che mi piace dello stile inglese, quell'influenza punk vera che unita al rock un po' alternativo crea un mix davvero sfizioso e non autoreferenziale. La produzione mi è sembrata un po' amatoriale ma sto sentendo anche con delle cuffie di merda quindi lascio passare. Bravi The Charlatans, non vi dimenticherò. 4 abbastanza giusto.

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4

Britpop meets Madchester grooves.

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4

It has a nice oasis vibe to it. Will definitely listen to more

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what is it about brit pop where you just know it's brit? idk but this was fun drivey soundtrack music

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4

Great album, brought back memories of growing up in the 90s.

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Proper britpop

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4

An album from my university days! I loved listening to this again! It seemed so familiar, yet it is old. I can’t help but think it is timeless in its melodies and smart lyrics.

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4

very listenable pop music

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4

Wow that was a 90s band for sure. I thought it was good but not terribly distinguishable from other core 90s bands. I felt I was hearing a sound like Foo Fighters and Filter when I was listening to them. Solid and well done but not 5/5.

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4

Sunny slice of 90s indie... nice

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4

Cool and edgy still

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4

Wish.com version of oasis/blur. Very good though

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4

Aww yeah pour that BritPop on me!

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4

Wat standaard alternative rock. Goed album, maar springt er niet persé uit

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4

One of the Best by the Charlatans. One of the Best from the UK indie dance rock era in the 90’s.

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4

Solid, enjoyable Britpop album. Great, catchy songs with a mostly low key vibe that is hitting me just right today. This is an album I think I'll be coming back to. Fave Songs: Get on It, Only Teething, How Can You Leave Us, Tellin' Stories, You're a Big Girl Now, North Country Boy, How High

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4/5. Psychedelic oasis Radiohead Brit-pop pretty good except for Big Girl song

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Bold and brash, full of ego. The vocals hover a little around Liam territory - not surprising given the Britpop territory at the time. This reminds me of listening to The Evening Session every night. The Charlatans always seemed to have a single out - a bit like The Smiths a decade earlier. North Country Boy bit of an anthem; there's a killer bass on One to Another. This was the start of the more thoughtful songwriting from the band. Tremendous stuff.

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4

I certainly get the Oasis vibe with this one, but don't hold it against them and thought the whole album had a nice groove to it.

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4

This is how English rock singers and indie rock bands were supposed to sound, circa 1992 – just the slightest sneering to the singing and the loosest . So call it state-of-the-art. This band is in one’s sweet spot, both temporally (i.e., era) and stylistically (i.e., a phile of Britpop in all its forms). But the operative question here is how well it holds up, and the answer is, very well.

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3

Bof not my style

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3

3.5/5. Not the worst alt-rock I've been thrown, but by no means is it amazing. Overall it sounded better than other alt-rock albums I've listened to.

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3

Tempted to give 4 stars, but I think I have to deduct at least half a star because this band is a fairly blatant copycat of Oasis. The music isn't awful though.

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The Oasis comparison hit me from the first chord. It's not bad, I just couldn't really escape that initial impression. Favorite tracks: "Get On It", "One to Another"

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good but spotify only had like 3 songs

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Set the basis for much of the brit punk revival

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3

Still good

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3

Fun album. First time listebjbg

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sounds like Oasis!

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3

Actually a really nice sound-like a clean Levellers. I like a lot of these songs, might add to library, but not very memorable past the first listen.

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There was that one Rolling Stones record review that said all of Led Zeppelin's blues covers other than When the Levee Breaks sound bizarre parodies... The vocals on some of these tracks sound like bizarre parodies of Pop. The rest of it just sounds like big standard pop to my ears. What's alternative about it, other than the haircuts? Decent music.

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3

It was pretty okay

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6

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Fine record. I didn't want to turn it off, so at least there's that.

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2nd tier Oasis sound

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3

not too shabs

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3

Not bad. Not bad at all.

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3

Not on Apple music

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3

Not bat but also quite forgettable

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I'm so glad this forced me to revisit this. It's been a long time and I never really spend much time with them. After listening, it's probably because they have a similar sound to Oasis, who I was never a big fan of. That said, they both write catchy tunes. Decent album. YouTube gave me the Stone Roses right after, which reminded me why I'm giving this a 3.

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3

Catchy/poppy alt rock with a 90s sound. Some decent guitar moments and riffs. None of it is life changing great, but overall it's pretty cool. Some electronic sounds too.

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3

Cool brit pop record with beautiful melodies and some Madchester vibes. Not amazing though

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3/5

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3

McDowells

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in one ear and out the other. perfectly fine lite alt rock.

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awesome 90s britpop - love it

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false

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They told an alright story.

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First thought was that Oasis ripped these guys off 😂 Not really my bag though, never been mad for this era of British indie rock. Was gonna give it a 2 but I've gone for 3 cos you can tell it inspired oasis etc

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Always enjoyed listening to and watching The Charlatans. Fairly consistent Stones-style rock n roll (appropriate for Beggars Banquet label!). Maybe not as good as The Charlatans eponymous album or New Order-sounding You Cross My Path.

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3

solid sound, didn't sound too distinctive to me.

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Liked it

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Reminds me of Oasis, but without the catchy songs.

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3

Decent. Polished in places and rugged in others. Not very memorable for my taste though.

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Very reminiscent of Kasabian.

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Ok, not as good as I remember, couple of decent tracks but that's it.

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Not sure i'm going to listen to this one again. Nice rock, but a little repetetive for my tastes. maybe a lot of people have copied their style which is why I tire of the music so fast.

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mais um indie conhecido sem incomodar ou empolgar.

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me gustó, pero me resulto medio monotono, lo anoté para escuchar en agosto, no se si lo dejaré

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Perfectly decent, if unexciting British Indie.

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Better than I remembered. I'd definitely heard 1 or 2 other albums by them that were piss weak

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3

Good stuff. I had never heard of The Charlatans, but they immediately reminded me of Oasis (or maybe it's Oasis that sounds like them... not sure because these guys never made it big in the US).

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Poor man's Oasis. It was ok

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Un bon album dans le genre, mais sonne un peu generique de la pop rock uk de ces annees la. Style Oasis. J’aime quand meme . 3.75

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3

Again, nothing spoke to me, not dreadful, listenable, but nothing stood out. Maybe I need to listen to these albums with a little more concentration, less I risk never revisiting them

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Typical 90s rock vibe!

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24th August 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working. Quiet day. Enjoyed this bit of alternative brit pop, slots right in to the time and sound.

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3

Rock

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Good for background music, but I much as a more critical listening experience

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Rock maar niet mijn favoriet. al kan ik wel de kwaliteit erin herkennen

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Look at these serious lookin' fellas. This has a VERY U2 circa POP vibe. I enjoy that vibe, so that's cool. the songs are not as good as any of those, but not bad. Really like the production in Area 51

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somewhat generic at times. it is not bad per se, just doesn't spark joy. 3.5/5

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I think this list is oversaturated with Brit Pop but this was pretty good. Especially liked the Area 51 instrumental

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Britpop-rock. Ni fu ni fa.

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3.25

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3.75

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Hom

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pretty good. not as weird as a expected, nor as pure 90s as I expected. A nice mix of the two. 3.5

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Loved.

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3

Interesting sound, good vibe, but I think there were other albums that came out that year that I would class as more memorable.

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Album has that 90s British swagger to it. At least 2 of the members has a cig precariously hanging out of their mouth most of the time. They put more effort into looking like they don't care than you would realize. Only problem is, you realize. It's pretty fuckin obvious. This album has more hooks than other bands of that scene, I feel like. Still a very forgettable album...

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I liked this album well enough but it isn't too special to me. I likely will not return to any of these songs. My album yesterday was also a Brit-Pop/Rock album and I enjoyed that one significantly more.

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It starts off quite solid then fades away. Fades for a long time. 17 songs man, that turned into a slog.

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Perfectly average album. I enjoyed pretty much all the songs but I can't say it left an impression on me

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Pretty standard britpop offering

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Pretty average

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3.5

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I enjoyed it, I'll probably listen to it again. That's all I have to say.

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Strange mix of britpop tracks and funk instrumentals. Fine overall

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Propar tunes yeah

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Perfectly bland average middle of the road stuff. Never is bad but never really tries.

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Middling brit-pop

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Ok album. Didn’t feel like this one broke the mold of the British alternative style. They did what I feel oasis does better. Their songs are enjoyable yet somewhat repetitive. It’s good but nothing special. 5.6/10

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Ik wist niet dat Noel en Liam nog meer broers hadden. Aardig maar totaal niet anders of vernieuwend. Misschien doen ik ze tekort en waren ze er al ver voor Oasis.

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Huh? Was dit niet gewoon Oasis?

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Klonk best goed eigenlijk. Beetje Stones, beetje Oasis. Lekkere vibe.

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s ok

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var bra med litt 90tallsmusikk på 18 mai, sjøl om albumet ikkje va sånn superbra

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It’s Brit-pop but doesn’t have enough catchiness to it. Some good songs mostly drowned out by filler after filler bit.

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btec oasis

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it sounds like alright britpop but with more rock than some similar groups from the era. Some songs also have interesting instrumentals but thats about it

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Their inspirations are clear. Vocalist sucks, embodying Oasis lazy slurred singing with some Bob Dylan direct spoken word in "How High" and "Get On It." Keyboards reminisce of 60s soul and jazz, particularly the British variety of the Spencer Davis Group. I hear Rolling Stones riffs, as well as some swirly riffs in "With No Shoes" looking back to their Madchester days. There's a lot of diversity, including the acoustic "You're a Big Girl Now", the country-like "North Country Boy", the jazzy "Area 51", and the acid rock "Rob's Theme". The melodies are nice, and I'm a fan of the riffs at times and the keyboards, but unfortunately, nothing grabs my attention. I blame the vocalist, but I noticed in Britpop the instruments serve mostly to back up the vocalist, so there's little to look for until the solos when they're at their most creative. Even the album cover screams boring. Favorites: Tellin Stories, One to Another, How Can You Leave Us, Area 51, How High, Rob's Theme

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Some of the songs are catchy (One to Another) and I don't mind the the overall sound but I don't see this LP coming out in 97 making much of a contribution to the alternative rock scene.

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Gave me an Oasis vibe

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I really feel like britpop has little to offer outside of the big classics (and Doves' Lost Souls). I mean, this one's not bad, it even has some great tracks. At their best, they channel the baggy sound of the Stone Roses. At their worst, they sound like they're aping Oasis, which is something nobody should ever do under any circumstances.

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2,5/5

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Ok but nothing special, similar to other UK stuff at the time.

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Same thing over and over again but ok

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generic brit pop

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No me latió tanto, suena como Oasis pero sin el odio hermanal.

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started listening and it was pretty boring. didn't finish

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I don't get why this is good

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oasis like.. bah

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I really don't get BritPop. It's fine?

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didnt like

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More British alternative. Its basically a harder and heavier Oasis. One To Another is a good track. Yea this is like listening to a lost Oasis album, which means I'm pretty bored with the sound.

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Didn't vibe at all

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ok. reminds me of the early 90s, not particularly unique or captivating

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false

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Is this not Oasis in (slight) disguise? Same wall of guitar sound and production, vocal intonation and phrasing, guitar style - all that's missing is an obnoxious twat freeloading as a singer. I quite liked it but clearly the two bands are interchangeable. Occasionally detected a Rolling Stones influence.

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Really quite boring. Nothing of substance outside of some neat guitar stuff

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This album is pretty average, to be honest. The only songs I sort of liked were You're A Big Girl Now, Only Teething and Get On It.

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pretty average 90's altpop

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Boring

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Ok pop I guess

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blur pero en zzzzz

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Didn’t really stand out for me

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very mediocre and boring.

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boring brit pop, seemed a bit droney. dont think its iconic enough to be something i enjoy for the iconic factor.

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Underwhelming to me

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Tedious baggy. Distinctly average.

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Honestly, I think I just don't care for Britpop. It was... okay.

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Non mi sono piaciuti molto. Li ho trovati più interessanti degli Oasis, ma comunque banalotti. La voce nasale del cantante, migliore di quella di Liam Gallagher, ma comunque stucchevole. Non li riascolterò, mai più.. "Maiiii piuuù!" Cit. A. Zequila

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I was unable to detect anything particularly special about this album to merit its inclusion to this list

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“One of the band's earliest known live performances was supporting The Stone Roses at the London School of Economics on 2 December 1988.” Well I never.

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They is some potential, but it's hidden very deeply.

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Madchester, Unfortunately I was a bit too old for the Anoraks and Fred Perry's of the '90's to busy bringing up the family so missed this whole vibe. Liked the Roses and Happy Monday's (From a distance) but didn't really get into the Charlatans. Listening to this for the first time then! Not really impressed not one for me but I suppose you had to be there in '97!

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Lotta Brits on this list.

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meh... the singers voice is too whiny (at least for my current mood).

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Terrible Rubbish

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Not a fan. Didnt do anything for me.

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Sounds like Oasis on an off-day.

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This album was a little too "jam bandy" for my taste, though I did appreciate the way they used the electronic piano to put in some funkiness and the harmonica to lighten up the guitar riffs. I did like the first half of the last song, but mostly because, after a bunch of songs on the record, it more closely fit my musical sensibilities.

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Not my thing

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It's alright, but I've never really rated The Charlatans - I guess the clue's in the name. They sound like an inferior version of a lot of their contemporaries (Stone Roses, Oasis etc). It's only the piano/organ sounds that really distinguishes them. 2.5

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Generic pop. The last few choices haven't left me with a lot of confidence in this person's album choices

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I'm staring at my blank wall listening to this, and the wall is more interesting. It scores a few points for a not being totally impossible to listen to, but it sounds so generic and basic and safe that I can't see many redeeming qualities. 3/10

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Meh

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Meh. Never really got the Charlatans. Don't really like Tim Burgess' voice - it's got a similar nasal whine to Liam Gallagher's voice and it cuts right through my patience... They're an okay band, I don't go out of my way to avoid them, but I can't really say they interest me in any way. Couple of good songs that are fine but I didn't make it through this album - North Country Boy nipped my head to the point of needing a decent vocalist chaser.

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I waited for this album to get its hooks into me and it never did. Very hard not to make comparisons to Oasis. This is like Oasis with less personality, maybe? I don't know. It's all very tight and thought out, but just didn't get to me.

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Wasn’t a huge fan at the time of this, and it feels very much of its time. I like the more 60s / psychedelic influence, but the voice at times puts me in mind of Oasis and this really put me off. The songs didn’t really grab me. Quite liked the last track if I had to choose one.

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Ugh, more Brit-pop

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I have no problem with this band, it's not bad at all. But please make room for newer, more alternative bands instead of putting generic stuff like that in the challenge. Looks like a copy of Oasis, but without personality.

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Haha wat run

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kind of background music to me that didnt speak to me

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Oh boy, looks like some Oasis wannabe ripoff band... UPDATE: I can't finish this, this album has no ability to hold my interest. Zero stars.

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What is the point of this. I can tell this book was edited by an English music reviewer. There's a reason I've never heard of this band. Generic garbage

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Sounds like a compact disc from a '90's cover band that they sold during their gigs for 5 bucks.

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שוב לא שמעתי כמעט כלום

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Not really feeling the overseas brit-alt-rock

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Ikkje ein grunnlovsdag verdig

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