Release Date: May 2, 2006
Record label: Sanctuary
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Sixteen years into their career and the Charlatans UK are roughly at the same place the Rolling Stones were at the same point in their career -- not in terms of popularity, of course (the Charlatans have never had anything approaching a hit in the U. S. ), but in musical terms.
It's fair to say that the Charlatans have been around the block a few times. With deaths, armed robberies and now a ninth album under their collective belts, they're now playing it the best they can - safely and surely. When they break away from their boys'-own baggy rock schtick, as they do on the ska-inflected For Your Entertainment and City of the Dead, it's a refreshing change, but not vital enough to prove that the group are worthy of any type of adulation.