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- Things Come Apart by The Charlottes
9/10 Phil Staff review, 18 January 2013
Well I’m tearing myself away from the last Beak> album (still...) to write some words about the new spanky reissue of ‘Things Come Apart’ by The Charlottes. We didn’t want to open one of the cool looking gatefold green vinyl LPs numbered of 500 with 2 bonus tracks so I’m at home playing the original and it still sounds ace.
Rather sadly the receipt has fallen out of it (I used to keep ‘em inside the records for some stupid fucking reason) and it cost me 7 quid back on March 14th 1991 when I bought it originally. So you mathsy types can work out if it’s gone up according to inflation as the reissue will set you back £15.69 of your British notes.
Anyway I’ve certainly got my money’s worth over the years as this was one of my favourite albums of the era. It’s total shoegazey heaven taking obvious cues from the likes of My Bloody Valentine and they set the way up for bands like Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse to keep the scene alive. They’ve encapsulated the sound of the time and somehow wangled a brilliant 2nd album together (the 1st album was a bit shit). It opens with ‘Liar’ which was the “single” and is the highlight of the album. Big wall of sound style guitars with a metronomic drumbeat, angelic female vocals and some proper ace noisy bits in between the pop. I still get prinklehair on my arm listening to this.
There’s tons of great tunes on here with fuzzy shoegazey guitars, kick ass drumbeats with fills galore and breathy female vocals. They had an awesome sound and brilliant songs. It’s a shame they disbanded after this album...Simon Scott went on to do Slowdive and I’ve no idea what the rest of ‘em did. Maybe they helped David Van Day in his burger van? Who knows but these unsung heroes made my life a lot happier back in the day.
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