sponge-rock,Rock Hits of the 90's, Vol. 2, Rotting Piata, Subjects [Digipak], The Amazing California Health and Happiness Road Show *, The Charlatans UK
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Alternative Press (9/94, p.85) - "...Trying hard to please the ampitheater crowd as well as the college set, Sponge soaks up the influences on both "big rock" dynamics and alternative music emotions..."1.000586

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Alternative Press (11/00, p.119) - 4 out of 5 - "...The best instrumental, surf-rock combo since the Ventures....Poetically poignant guitar moments abound..."CMJ (8/00, p.66) - "...Both faithful to the old wave [of surf music] plus fresh and high-minded....terrific..."0.6562835

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Entertainment Weekly (9/15/95) - "...blast Hammond-organ-dominated rave-ups, striving to evoke old Stones....Energetic, sincere....featuring slide guitars and hummable tunes..." - Rating: BQ (2/96, p.65) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...a transparent love of prime-phase Rolling Stones, and a distinct air of freshly discovered confidence..."Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #15 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year.'Melody Maker (8/26/95, p.39) - "...sees The Charlatans...blossom into a group who marry melody and melancholy like the lightest sponge batter....Every second is crammed to bursting without appearing cluttered..."Musician (11/95, pp.85-86) - "...the songs here sound as though they grew out of late-night jam sessions, after which the Charlatans' pop sensibilities kicked in. They've taken all the best bits and crafted them into vibe-y, hook-filled songs, teeming with white-boy soul..."NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #18 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.NME (Magazine) (8/26/95, p.47) - 6 (out of 10) - "...Along with the by now blatant itchy-fingerin' around their satanic majesties' throne...each track oozes with finely-honed echoes of a semi-mythical rock'n'roll golden age....The Charlatans have grown into seasoned pop tea-leaves, absorbing the sensibility wholesale, while leaving the incriminating specifics alone..."0.6303137

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Q (9/94, p.98) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the sound is familiar to anyone who enjoys the more ruminative side of R.E.M.--unsurprisingly, since Michael Stipe is the producer..."Uncut (p.110) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[The album] sees him peering out of his spyglass at human frailty writ large and helpless..."Alternative Press (1/93, p.55) - "...A chronicler of unusual situations and observances, Chesnutt is what used to be called a storyteller..."Option (Jan-Feb/93, p.85) - "...Chesnutt's rudimentary guitar style and biting lyrics remain....another triumph..."0.5935781

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