Top 10 albums of 2017, No 5: The Charlatans – Different days


Here it is people! 2017 is almost out the door and these are our 10 favorite albums of the year:

05. The Charlatans – Different days

It certainly feels like The Charlatans have never really taken a day off, since day 1. This band has been a constant musical companion since the beginning. Even after the death of two members (Rob Collins back in 1996 and Jon Brookes just four years ago), they have been able to keep their inner peace and unity and to miraculously move forward, where others would have imploded.

Through it all, they found room to grow and mature. Their 13th album, Different Days, was released in May and seems like the culmination of this path of theirs, leading to today. Tim Burgess’ hapsad* vocals make you want to dance while crying nostalgic tears. It is an album filled with feelings and beautiful music.

With the contribution of a vast array of accomplished musicians trying to fill the void J. Brookes left behind, not only in the drums section but also in the hearts and minds of the group members and the fans, it almost feels like a brit-pop reunion party: Pete Salisbury returns, after “Modern Nature”, to once again hold Jon Brookes’ hot, orphaned drum sticks, Johnny Marr, Anton Newcombe, Paul Weller, Kurt Wagner, Stephen Morris and more. Different Days is definitely one of the best albums by one of the most constant, most musical, most loved band of the 90s – and the 00s and the 10s.

It could easily occupy any other slot above it on our Top 10 list and it certainly deserves your time, your love and eventually a place in your heart.

*happy+sad. What is the word for that?