You Cross My Path

Label
Cooking Vinyl
Release date
12 May 2008
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
36:39

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Oh! Vanity 3:55 45,045
2 Bad Days 3:25 44,239
3 Mis-Takes 3:22 43,703
4 The Misbegotten 4:12 42,442
5 A Day for Letting Go 2:49 34,829
6 You Cross My Path 4:02 42,930
7 Missing Beats (of a Generation) 3:35 37,680
8 My Name Is Despair 4:17 19,864
9 BIRD 2:35 4,495
10 This Is the End 4:27 32,376

About this album

Why did the Charlatans give away You Cross My Path on the internet? Because they needed a way to announce that they were back, to grab the attention of onetime fans who had long ago stopped paying attention to the group. Not that the Charlatans ever cratered, losing all their listeners, but rather they sank into a pleasant retro groove, emphasizing their fondness for the Stones instead of the modernist dance rhythms that helped bring them into the spotlight early in the ’90s. You Cross My Path acts as a corrective as the band revs up the rhythms and takes risks in their production, all without abandoning the classicist structures they’ve relied upon since their eponymous 1995 record. That album struck a good balance between modern and retro, with the subsequent Tellin’ Stories tipping the balance toward retro, and You Cross My Path follows its blueprint, bringing back that blend of contemporary and classic, perhaps even gently favoring the modern as this does emphasize sound over song. the Charlatans hardly abandon the songwriting craft they’ve steadily honed over the course of a decade — the songs aren’t growers, they’re immediate — but what is compelling is the variety of sounds, how “Oh! Vanity” extrapolates a Booker T. & the MG’s groove, how “Missing Beats (Of a Generation)” is a circular electronic chant, how “Bad Days” appropriates a bit of a chilly New Order pulse which “Mis-Takes” explores even further creating an icy synthesized vibe that uncannily sounds like a new wave relic without losing the Charlatans signature loose-limbed groove.

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