Far from a band happy to play to the gallery and appease their still-enormous and loyal fanbase, The Charlatans remain a band intent on moving forwards rather than harking back to baggy glories past. 'Different Days' may be bolstered by a starry list of guest contributors, including Johnny Marr, Paul Weller and members of New Order, yet what comes through clearest is this band's vivacious spirit, leading them through dreamily melancholic songcraft, effervescent grooves and melodic curlicues imbued with timeless and buoyant spirit. A band with a portrait in the attic in extremis, volleying forth with their finest work in all of two decades.
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