By The Charlatans
The Charlatans are back with the release of 'Your Pure Soul' on November 29th, their newest single to be lifted from eleventh studio album 'Who We Touch'. Frankly it's been The Charlatans' ability to churn out eleven studio albums to date that has absolved them from any of the P.R. campaigns and money grabbing stunts, fast becoming synonymous with members of the Indie fraternity: the all too brief reunion of Blur at Glastonbury; fifteen year old images of Jarvis Cocker on the front of the NME; the unsolicited nostalgia surrounding The Libertines, who lets face it never really went away. All the while The Charlatans have suffered enough sucker punches to knock most bands into the stratosphere. The latest in a long line being drummer Jon Brookes' brain tumour, which he is now being treated for.
This battled hardened wariness reflects throughout 'Your Pure Soul'. Here we get to experience singer Tim Burgess at his most wistful and wise. Exploring his tendency to control others. The song is clearly intended as an acoustic piece and features a string and organ accompaniment that struggles to make much of an impact. Whilst the track really doesn't scream single it does have its moments, the funky guitar lick in the mid section and outro adds some groove to an otherwise groove-less song and credit has to be given for the anxiety ridden lyrics.
The band's twenty year existence has shown that they rarely compromise on their musical persuasion, or haircuts for that matter, and should be commended for their ability to maintain a loyal fan base, without trumpeting themselves as the second coming of Christ. Ultimately though 'Your Pure Soul' lacks the creativity of earlier releases and may leave a less sceptical listener longing for an inevitable and possibly derivative Oasis reunion.