Tellin' Stories Talk about triumph over adversity. The Charlatans confront death (keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash last July) with grace, dignity, and new… Tellin' Stories Talk about triumph over adversity. The Charlatans confront death (keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash last July) with grace, dignity, and new… The Charlatans UK Rock
Music Review

Tellin' Stories (1997)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: The Charlatans UK; Genre: Rock

Talk about triumph over adversity. The Charlatans confront death (keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash last July) with grace, dignity, and new creative commitment in Tellin' Stories. Wheezy warbler Tim Burgess — whose fascination with hip-hop is distancing the band from its hazy Madchester past — floats ghostlike over fat Farfisa melodies, many originally tracked by Collins. And the grief is tangible on ''North Country Boy'' and ''How Can You Leave Us.'' B

Originally posted Jul 18, 1997 Published in issue #388 Jul 18, 1997 Order article reprints