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The Charlatans
Who We Touch - The End
FILTER Grade: 80%

By Spencer Flanagan on September 14, 2010


The Charlatans

Don’t let the first few seconds of Brit rockers The Charlatans’ 11th studio release deceive you. At first, you may think you’re listening to death metal. Loud guitar shredding and pounding drums welcome listeners to the album, but the chaos quickly gives way to the more toned down, alternative rock sound The Charlatans are known for. “Trust in Desire”—one of the album’s strongest—brings together several stringed instruments, making the song sound like an epic movie soundtrack, and “Sincerity” is an excellent track filled with toe-tapping, fist-pumping beats and sing-along lyrics. Who We Touch is packed with several such numbers, but also loses its way on a few others. The album also ends with a hidden track lasting six minutes, featuring spoken vocals by an unknown baritone. It’s a strange way to end an inconsistent album, but I guess when you’ve been around as long as The Charlatans have, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. 

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