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Album Review

Emerging out of semi-nowhere — well, Northwich — the Charlatans UK were saddled with a name that lent itself to jibes about their quality, perceived bandwagon jumping and the burden of being a one-hit wonder with "The Only One I Know." Then Some Friendly, the group's debut, planted itself at the top of the UK charts; while the rest of the '90s were up-and-down for the band, this album set the band on its way. Drawing on Blunt's background in mod and psych outfits, Collins' outrageously funky keyboards and Burgess' unexpected star quality — even if his voice wasn't the strongest — Some Friendly is just that, a friendly and fun vibe. Some of the lyrics betray Burgess' sharp-tongued punk background — "You're Not Very Well," the opener, expresses anything but sunny sentiments — but otherwise Some Friendly delivers everything from '60s beat groove to Madchester bagginess with verve. True, the group was still following in the Roses/Mondays slipstream — "Fool's Gold" was the blueprint for much of the album — but the individual delights of the slow trance "Opportunity," "Polar Bear"'s upfront rhythms and "Flower"'s slightly ominous funk all show the band's abilities well. "The Only One I Know" remains the best-known cut, Blunt's crisp bass and Collins' Deep Purple-inspired keyboards providing its charge. But Some Friendly's hidden masterpiece comes at the very end — "Sproston Green," a monster jam based on Collins' supreme keyboard work, with Burgess' soaring lyric matching the massive surge of the music. It remains the concluding number of the band's sets to this day for good reason.

Customer Reviews

Madchester is awesome

The Charlatans debut album is a phenomenal piece of rock music. With a style sounding both old and very modern, they exploded out of the "Madchester" scene and continue making great music to this day. Understated drum programming floats over great rock drumming, with swirling feedback, gorgeous vocals, and pulsating Hammon organ. The opening, "You're Not Very Well" will hook you immediately. Other highlights are the hit, "Only One I Know", "Opportunity", "Then", "Polar Bear", and the psychedelic jam of "109 pt 2". Not a bad song on here. If you like good, melodic rock music, you will LOVE this record.

Nice relaxing very good tunes

Spun this alot in the 90's, sounds like a blend of 60's & early 90's, great stuff

Some Friendly

I was really excited about bands like The Charalatans, The Farm, Primal Scream,Happy Mondays,Stone Roses, etc when they arrived onto the scence in the early 90's.This cd Some Friendly was a solid piece of music.With breathy moody vocals,slashing guitars,and amazing keyboards.The big hit "The Only One I Know" is one of my all time favorites.There might be some samples of Deep Purple's-Hush on that track. This music was short lived unfortunately.


Formed: 1989 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For many years, the Charlatans UK were perceived as the also-rans of Madchester, the group that didn't capture the Zeitgeist like the Stone Roses or the band that failed to match the mad genre-bending of the Happy Mondays. Of course, they were more traditional than either of their peers. Working from a Stonesy foundation, the Charlatans added dance-oriented rhythms and layers of swirling organs straight out of '60s psychedelia. At first, the Charlatans had great promise, and their initial singles...
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