When you've been in the music business as long as Tim Burgess has, expectations kind of lose priority somewhat. Yet, despite his veteran status, Burgess has spent the best part of the last decade doing his utmost to confound such preconceptions. Having been the lead singer with The Charlatans since 1990, he and his band have outlasted a succession of genres from the baggy counterculture of indie rock through acid house and rave, grunge, Britpop and any other musically orientated fad you care to mention. Not bad for an outfit initially dismissed as little more than a Stone Roses pastiche all those years ago.
Of course, it could be argued that Tim Burgess first showed signs of his own re-invention back in 2003. While daring in many ways, 'I Believe', his one and only excursion as a solo artist until now, was a patchy affair at best. Forged in a similar soulful-cum-Americana vein to the material his band were churning out at the time, it wasn't his finest hour; if anything, it provided a catalyst for the three excellent long players The Charlatans have conjured up between them since.
Nowadays, Burgess is more likely to be seen manning the decks in a trendy East London nightspot chaperoned by at least one member of The Horrors rather than jumping on any Madchester-induced 1990s revival, and if 'Oh No I Love You' is anything to go by, sounds all the better for it.
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