Tellin' Stories

Talk about triumph over adversity. The Charlatans confront death (keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash last July) with grace, dignity, and new creative commitment in Tellin’ Stories. Wheezy warbler Tim Burgess — whose fascination with hip-hop is distancing the band from its hazy Madchester past — floats ghostlike over fat Farfisa melodies, many originally tracked by Collins. And the grief is tangible on ”North Country Boy” and ”How Can You Leave Us.” B

Tellin' Stories
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