The Charlatans UK

Indian Rope

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The band's full debut release, after a limited-edition EP almost similar to this one sold only at shows, has the group almost but not quite there. "Indian Rope" isn't a bad song per se -- the production is actually quite good, bringing out Brookes' drums very well, especially at the end. However, it's a fairly pedestrian number at best, notable more for its sudden stop-starts and some of Collins' Hammond lines than for any intrinsic qualities of its own. Compared to "The Only One I Know" in particular, it disappears. The other two cuts are fine little things -- "You Can Talk to Me" deserves note for having upfront singing from Burgess (much more so than on most of Some Friendly) over its Doorsy shuffle. "Who Wants to Know" is a fine little freak-out, letting Baker have some guitar fun along the way while Collins and Blunt do some turns as well.

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