Truly classy and enjoyable
I listened to this with very low expectations on Spotify when reading his autobiography "Tellin' Stories", as the last 4 Charlatans albums were uninspiring, but this is something entirely different. Made with Kurt Wagner and Lambchop his voice is better than ever and given the space and textures to really shine. It veers between the catchy romps of "White" "The Doors of Then" and "The Graduate" to the minimal and moving (even though its about a record collection) "Case for Records" and "Tobacco Fields", and it never wanes, so long as you don't mind the relative quiet compared to his bands work! Despite no-one seeming to know about it this has quickly got to the upper reaches of my 2012 lists and bares repeat listening. This might be the first time i've felt to submit a review on emusic, it's that good.