Release Date: Oct 1, 2012
Record label: O Genesis
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
The Tim Burgess of 2012, it has to be said, bears scant resemblance to the baggy flower-child of The Charlatans’ heyday. In the mid-’90s, Burgess was the chap the girls had pinned up on their bedroom wall, a dreamy cross between Ian Brown and Professor Brian Cox who’d taken all the drugs and had the goofy grin to prove it. Now, he’s sporting a shocking bleach-blond mop top, hanging out in Tottenham squats with stern electro group Factory Floor, and talking about how amazing anarcho-punks Crass were to anyone who’ll listen.
Exiling himself in Nashville, where he hooked up with such resident eccentrics as Kurt Wagner and R. Stevie Moore, Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess set about recording his second solo album, Oh No I Love You, within the comfort of his own home. Here, he let his imagination run wild, dabbling a bit in the city's indigenous country -- the kind that's a bit slicker than what's heard out in the sticks, thanks in part to those sweet strings -- but spending just as much time with '60s pop and psychedelia.
It has been nine years since Tim Burgess released a solo album, but the opening track on Oh No I Love You makes it feel like nine minutes. Hammond-drenched and bright with brass, White is a loose and playful fusion of Lambchop-slanted Americana and northern soul that shows Burgess at his best. It's so persuasively idiosyncratic, you could almost miss that the song – indeed, the entire album – isn't simply inspired by Kurt Wagner's raggle-taggle country orchestra, but is a collaboration with them.
In the search for something a bit different to listen to, lots of music fans have fallen for what has become known as Americana – folksy, expansive music that seems to flow from the very landscape of our most culturally influential continent. Tim Burgess seems to have fallen harder than most. The Charlatans began to reveal a heavy American influence on their soul-indebted 2001 album Wonderland, before their singer released an open love letter to the sounds of the old west in 2003 in the shape of his first solo record, I Believe.
It's an unlikely partnership: the 45-year-old mop-topped Northwich lad, co-founder of once baggy act The Charlatans, a band who never quite managed to emerge from the shadows of their contemporaries The Stone Roses, hooks up with the almost 54 year old baseball-capped Nashville institution who founded once alt. country act Lambchop, a group who've never quite managed to achieve the success that devoted fans and critics have always predicted. Both have been making music in one form or another for a good twenty years, but they've pursued markedly separate paths, one distinctly Northern English, one eccentrically Deep South American.
Tim Burgess’ second solo album is ten years in the making. While attending a Lambchop gig in his native of Manchester in 2000 Burgess carried Kurt Wagner’s guitar to his car while casually observing that the two should work together in the future. What once began as idle chat all those years ago has since grown into ‘Oh No, I Love You’, a collaboration with Burgess writing the music and Wagner providing the lyrics.
Showcases Tim’s winning way of managing to fit his surroundings perfectly. Ian Wade 2012 Chart-topping frontman, author, DJ, champion tweeter, keen collaborator, label-owner and cereal and coffee magnate. Tim Burgess is a modern renaissance minstrel who has spent much of the past two decades having men and women alike swoon over him. Having released his first solo album, I Believe, in 2003, Tim hasn’t been in a hurry to follow it up.