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Madchester contender, Britpop pin-up, reformed coke addict, Transcendental Meditater, bestselling autobiographer – Tim Burgess has ticked many boxes on the rock superstar checklist in his two decades with The Charlatans. A solo career, initiated with 2003′s I Believe, however, seemed to have stalled right there, as his energies were consumed by the Charlies, who enjoyed an unforeseen purple patch through the Noughties.
After the break-up of the marriage that took him to California – he now lives back in North London – the chipmunk-chirpy singer obviously had a little more time on his hands, and resolved to record this second solo offering, parallel to writing his memoir. Recalling an encounter with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, where they’d vaguely agreed to write a song together, he duly made contact again and flew to Wagner’s hometown, Nashville. There, they entered into an unusual creative partnership, meeting for coffee every morning before going off to work on each other’s ideas separately until the next morning’s summit. The music was largely done by Tim, the words by Kurt, who sought, apparently, “to be Burgess’s mirror.”
Listening to Oh No I Love You, it certainly sounds as if Wagner accurately reflected the singer’s turbulent state. Lyrically, the opener… read more »