Album Review: The Charlatans – Modern Nature

Two years after the death of drummer and founding member Jon Brookes, The Charlatans have released their most beautiful piece of work to date: Modern Nature.

The album is consistent in both quality and mood. That means that if you are looking for the excitement of Charlatan classics like One to Another, then Modern Nature is unfortunately not the place to look. However, if you seek a more chilled out vibe; then the album is perfect for you and can be listened to easily from start to finish. For that reason I feel this album a great one to study to, but there is a lot more to it than just stress relief.

It retains all the elements of the band’s signature style to create a relaxed, psychedelic finish: smooth vocals, late ‘60s and ‘70s inspired instrumentation and a slight groove from the bass and percussion to keep songs somewhat upbeat.

The Charlatans’ twelfth album was not made to be experimental or to push boundaries. It was made to be a calmly enjoyable album, born out of the tragedy the band have suffered.

[Sorley Mclean – @SorleyMclean]

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